COVID-19 Coverage

Hospitality struggles as Auckland switches alert levels

Peter Quinn loves what he does, but it does not pay the bills. Hospitality businesses in Mahurangi are putting on a brave face but fear repeated moves into alert level 3 lockdown will cripple their businesses – some of them for good.   Warkworth’s...... Read More

Northern checkpoints on shaky legal ground

The State Highway 1 checkpoint was located just south of the turn off to State Highway 12 and Maungaturoto. Signs in Kaiwaka warned of a checkpoint. Mangawhai Heads Four Square. Mangawhai Heads Super Liquor. The checkpoints that locked down the...... Read More

Police backtrack on northern checkpoints

Mangawhai residents were unable to travel north unless they were essential workers. Commerce ground to a halt in Mangawhai and Kaiwaka as the towns embraced level 3. The covid-19 checkpoints north of Mangawhai and Kaiwaka will be removed at 6pm tonight. Police...... Read More

Level 3 refresh

For more detailed information, visit covid19.govt.nz Getting a test If you have cold, flu or Covid-19 symptoms, call: • Healthline on 0800 358 5453 • your doctor or Nurse Practitioner, or • your iwi health provider. A health professional...... Read More

Smoother transition to distance learning

Lessons learned from previous lockdowns have made for a smoother, quicker activation of distance learning and other protocols at local schools, with Auckland now in Alert Level 3. Schools are open for the children of essential workers, with safety precautions...... Read More

Schools respond to lockdown

Mahurangi high schools have moved quickly to respond to the Government’s announcement of a Level 3 lockdown for Auckland, which is due to remain in force until at least midnight on Wednesday (Feb 17). Mahurangi College Students should stay...... Read More

Mangawhai border confusion

Rodney-based list MP Marja Lubeck says reports that Kaiwaka, Oneriri and Mangawhai are in Covid-19 level three lockdown with Auckland are incorrect. Ms Lubeck says that police checkpoints have been placed north of the regional border for convenience. Residents...... Read More

Sailor on track for Christmas reunion - just

Dmitry Pelevin is now just 500 Nautical Miles from being home with his son in Gulf Harbour for Christmas Day (HM December 2). At the start of the year, Dmitry was in Russia when Covid-19 closed borders and cancelled flights, making it a challenge...... Read More

AT’s speedy response wins award

Auckland Transport (AT) was recognised for its digital response to Covid-19 with a win in the ‘fast-tracked project’ category at the Association of Local Government Information Management awards. The awards were instigated so that technical...... Read More

Coast’s first taste of Covid testing station

On the first day it was open, almost 50 Hibiscus Coast residents took the opportunity to drive through a Covid-19 Community testing station that was temporarily set up in Silverdale last week. The testing station opened on September 10 and operated...... Read More