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COVID-19 immunisation starts for 5 to 11-year-old tamariki

Over 120,000 doses of the child Pfizer vaccine have been delivered as health providers prepare to start immunising 5 to 11-year-olds tamariki from today.

The COVID-19 vaccine used for tamariki has a lower dose and smaller volume than the adult vaccine and is administered using a smaller needle. To be fully immunised against COVID-19 a child needs to get 2 doses of the vaccine, usually given at least 8 weeks apart. The child Pfizer vaccine is available at 500 sites throughout New Zealand, including walk-ins, drive-throughs, hauora providers, community pharmacies, and general practices. The number of centres will increase over the coming weeks.

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Booster rollout accelerated to protect against COVID-19 variants

Everyone aged 18 and over who has received 2 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine can now book a free booster dose online or over the phone.

If it’s been more than 4 months since your second dose, you can either book an appointment using Book My Vaccine(external link) or visit a walk-in clinic for your booster vaccine today. To make a whānau booking call 0800 28 29 26.

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National Advisory: Tsunami Activity – Cancelled

Monday 17 Jan – last updated 5:11 pm

NATIONAL ADVISORY: TSUNAMI ACTIVITY – CANCELLED

The National Advisory: Tsunami Activity issued following the large eruption at Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha’pai in Tonga is cancelled.

The advice from GNS Science, based on ocean observations, is that the tsunami threat has now passed for all areas.

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Road Works and Road Closures

Up to date information on Road Works and Road Closures for week beginning 17th January

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Severe Weather Outlook

A cold front is expected to move northeast over the South Island on Wednesday and across the North Island on Thursday, bringing a period of rain or showers.

There is low confidence of rainfall accumulations reaching warning amounts in Fiordland and the ranges of southern Westland during Wednesday.

A ridge of high pressure is forecast to build over New Zealand on Friday and persist through Saturday, bringing mostly settled weather to much of the country.

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Aotearoa New Zealand stands ready to assist people of Tonga

The thoughts of New Zealanders are with the people of Tonga following yesterday’s undersea volcanic eruption and subsequent tsunami waves, Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta says.

“Damage assessments are under way and New Zealand has formally offered to provide assistance to Tonga,” said Nanaia Mahuta.
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NZ Fire and Emergency

Fire Season Updates

Review latest fire restrictions across the country

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Last night’s shake

Last night’s shake was a reminder that earthquakes can happen at any time. This M5.8 earthquake was quite deep (187 kilometres below Taranaki) and was felt by thousands of people across Aotearoa. Find out more about preparing for an earthquake at https://getready.govt.nz/earthquakes/

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Civil Defense – Get Flood Prepared

Floods happen often in New Zealand and can cause a lot of damage and loss of life. Find out what to do before, during and after flooding.

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Severe Weather Warning

Heavy rain for eastern parts of New Zealand, and possible severe gales for Buller and northern Westland

Updated to add a Heavy Rain Watch for South Canterbury.

A complex low pressure system affects central and northern New Zealand through to Thursday morning. Heavy Rain Warnings and Watches are in force for eastern parts of the North Island, northwest Tasman, Canterbury and Marlborough. Note, winds may approach severe gale over Buller and northern Westland.

People are advised to keep up to date with the latest forecasts in case any changes are made or further areas are added.
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