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On the first of October, new regulations came into effect. The regulations are about single-use plastic products. In the past, we used to call these products “disposable”, meaning that you can use them once and then throw them away. But now people understand how bad this is for the environment. Making the products causes pollution, and they are ver…
 
Queen Elizabeth the Second passed away on the eighth of September at age 96. Although this should not be a shock, it is hard for many people to adapt to, as she has been the queen of the United Kingdom and the British Commonwealth for seventy years. Queen Elizabeth passed away in Balmoral, Scotland, and after a few days her coffin was driven to Edi…
 
The Zespri Aims games are currently running in Tauranga from the second to the ninth of September. Since they began sixteen years ago, the games have grown from a small annual sports festival to a major middle school sports event, expecting around 12,000 students to compete this week. The games give 11, 12 and 13 year olds an opportunity to compete…
 
With thanks to contributing author, Jordyn Skye On August the 5th, near the Northland town of Panguru, a pack of dogs killed Neville Thomson, a 69-year-old man. Mr Thomson usually lived on his own, but he had let a friend stay with him. It was the friend’s dogs that killed him. The friend had bought a number of dogs to the property. Some dogs had p…
 
Yesterday there was another “anti-government” protest outside parliament in Wellington. The last such protest was in February and attracted many different protestors who didn’t agree with the government about their public health measures. It was called the Convoy 2022 protest, and went on for a month and ended in riots. There were fears we may have…
 
Thanks to contributing author, Jordyn Skye The government wants to outlaw selling tobacco. They plan to create a ‘Smoke Free Generation”. Anyone born after January 1, 2009 will be prohibited from ever buying tobacco. They plan to introduce this law in 2027. New Zealand will be one of the first countries in the world to do such an activity. This wil…
 
The Ministry of Health has ordered all New Zealand city councils to make sure that the water supplied to people’s houses is fluoridated. For most New Zealanders, this is not very interesting because their water is already fluoridated, but 14 regions do not have fluoride in all of their water. These regions, (Auckland, Hastings, Horowhenua, Kawerau,…
 
On Monday, many people who live in New Zealand will get a payment of $116 from the government. This is the first instalment of the cost-of-living bonus announced in May. It is to help people who are suffering because of inflation. Inflation is when prices become more expensive and the cost of living increases. The bonuses are being sent to New Zeal…
 
From August 1st, New Zealand borders will be open to everybody who has the right visa. New Zealand borders have been closed to avoid increasing COVID in our country. Gradually, the border has opened to a limited number of people. New Zealanders wanting to return home from overseas were the first, but they had to stay in special quarantine hotels to…
 
This week there will be a by-election in the North Island city of Tauranga. It will give the people who live in Tauranga a chance to vote for a new representative in parliament. They need to choose a new representative because the incumbent, Simon Bridges, has retired from politics. Simon Bridges belongs to the National Party. We expect that the pe…
 
You may have heard people talking about a recent spate of ram-raids around New Zealand. Usually a young person, or a group of young people, steal a car and drive it through the window of a shop, and then steal as much as they can before they run away. It seems as though there is a ram-raid every week at the moment. In fact, there has been an averag…
 
About 10,000 allied health workers are waiting for a pay offer from district health boards (DHBs), and hoping that they will not need to take industrial action. If the pay offer is not enough, the staff plan to work-to-rule for two weeks from Monday and strike for 24 hours on 16 May. Work-to-rule is when workers only do exactly what the rules say t…
 
Methamphetamine use has increased a lot since the Delta lockdown last August. The Delta lockdown was New Zealand’s longest Covid 19 lockdown, lasting 100 days in Auckland. Methamphetamine is an illegal drug also known as ice, or P. It makes people feel very excited and happy and stops them from sleeping. When people are “coming down” from the “high…
 
If you have walked down Auckland city’s Albert Street in the last five years, you would have noticed that the roads are very difficult to walk or drive down because engineers are building a new rail link under the road. The businesses in this area are hidden behind many safety barriers and are suffering huge financial losses. Albert Street used to …
 
This year New Zealand is hosting the Women’s Cricket World Cup tournament. There will be 31 cricket matches, 1 every day, from the 4th of March to the 3rd of April. There are 8 women’s cricket teams competing: New Zealand, the West Indies, Bangladesh, the Republic of South Africa, Australia, England, Pakistan and India. This tournament takes place …
 
Wellington has faced traffic delays and closed streets since February 8 as protesters – inspired by the so-called ‘freedom convoy‘ in Canada – parked cars, vans and campervans near parliament in order to protest about Covid 19 laws. The protest was organised by a group called the Freedom and Rights Coalition and started with just a few hundred peop…
 
The Government has announced its 5-step plan to re-open New Zealand borders. Step 1 — from Sunday February 27, 11.59 pm New Zealand citizens and residents can come here from Australia. As long as they are vaccinated, they can self-isolate instead of going through MIQ. Step 2 — from Sunday 13 March, 11.59 pm New Zealand citizens and residents can co…
 
Last night New Zealand moved into Phase 2 of the Red Setting. This is because the number of Omicron cases around New Zealand is now too high for contact tracing to be done by government workers. The key idea in Phase 2 is that you have to do your own contact tracing. Here is how it should work for vaccinated people: Firstly, you should get your boo…
 
Translator Diana Renker, is worried that people could be coming into New Zealand with fake vaccine exemptions. Diana recently had to translate an exemption certificate that made her suspicious. The document was signed by a German doctor, and she googled his name, Michael Foti. She discovered that he is a well-known opponent of vaccinations, and tha…
 
Abdul Aziz and Doctor Naeem Rashid have been given the country’s highest bravery award, the New Zealand Cross. Ten people were given awards today for their courage in the terror attack on 15 March, 2019. Doctor Naeem Rashid died protecting the people in the Al Noor Mosque. He had already been shot in the shoulder and he saw the gunman aiming at a g…
 
In order to tell you how to get a vaccination certificate, I did it myself, and took notes as I did it. Here is how I got my certificate. I went to www.mycovidrecord.nz. When I wanted to sign in, the website took me to login.health.nz so that I could create a My Health Account. To create a My Health Account, you can either use your email account, o…
 
Because more people are getting vaccinated against Covid-19, we will soon have freedom to travel. People can start traveling out of Auckland on the 15th of December. Anyone leaving will need to have a vaccination certificate or have had a negative test within 72 hours of departure. These are called travel documents, and people will have them on the…
 
The Government is making new laws about the vaccination of workers. Close-contact businesses, such as restaurants and gyms, will need to have all of their staff vaccinated against Covid-19. Close contact businesses must also make sure their customers have vaccination certificates. This law will come into effect by the end of November or December Th…
 
A new Covid-19 traffic light system will replace our Alert Levels. The traffic light system will give us rules for what to do when there is Covid-19 in the community. It will be introduced when 90% of eligible New Zealanders have been vaccinated against Covid-19. “Eligible” is an adjective that means “able to” or “can”. In this case, it means that …
 
On October the 16th, there will be a national event called Super Saturday. It is like a kind of festival to get more people vaccinated against Covid-19. People are asked to go to a pop-up clinic to get vaccinated. People who have only had their first shot are asked to get a second shot, if it was at least three weeks ago. Friends and family are ask…
 
The Minister of Immigration, Kris Faafoi, has announced the 2021 Resident Visa. It is a one-off residence visa that is easier and faster to apply for. It will help the 165,000 migrants currently living in New Zealand on temporary work visas. Migrant families have been in a difficult situation during the Covid-19 crisis. Some of them were not allowe…
 
Recently, New Zealand has been in lockdown because the Delta variant of Covid-19 was found in Auckland. Lockdowns are expensive and damaging to the economy, so we are feeling some urgency to get everybody vaccinated. Critics of the government have complained that the rollout of the vaccine has been too slow, but other critics are afraid of the vacc…
 
A local company in New Zealand, The Covid-19 Vaccine Corporation (CVC), is working to develop a different kind of vaccine against Covid-19. There are two things that make CVC’s planned vaccine different from other vaccines. The first point of difference relates to how the vaccine is produced. It uses biobead technology. Biobeads are produced by bac…
 
New Zealand and Australia have a very close relationship in many ways. New Zealanders can travel to Australia on a New Zealand passport. We don’t need a visa. Similarly, Australians can live and work here on an Australian passport. However, more than 600,000 New Zealanders live in Australia whereas the number of Australians in New Zealand is closer…
 
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