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Ministry of Education

Applications are now open for the second round of the Creatives in Schools programme, which partners professional artists and creative practitioners with teachers and kaiako to foster new learning experiences for students and ākonga of all ages. The programme will fund up to 110 projects running for 8 to 20 weeks during 2021.

Schools can apply for funding, or parents/caregivers & community members who are creatives can contact the Ministry to partner schools.

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NZ Government

Government strengthens managed isolation system: a range of improvements are already underway to address issues identified in the rapid review of the Managed Isolation and Quarantine system released today, Housing Minister Megan Woods said.

The review was commissioned just over a week ago to identify and understand current and emerging risks to ensure the end-to-end Managed Isolation and Quarantine process is robust.

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NZ Police

Police investigating the fatal shooting of a Police officer in Massey have charged a man with Murder.

A 24-year-old man has been arrested and charged with multiple serious offences including Murder, Attempted Murder and Dangerous Driving Causing Injury.

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Ministry of Education

New roles to promote the wellbeing of learners. Funding for up to 40 Curriculum Leads, who will work directly with schools, kura, early learning services and kōhanga reo to support the teaching of mental health and healthy relationships and promote the wellbeing of learners, was announced by Associate Minister of Education Tracey Martin.

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Water Safety NZ

$60.5m has been allocated over the next four years to ensure New Zealand’s frontline rescue services, carried out by Surf Life Saving New Zealand (SLSNZ) and Coastguard New Zealand (CGNZ) are secured.

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Ministry of Health

COVID-19 Current Situation

There are 2 active cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand. New Zealand has had 1,506 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19.

The focus is now on protecting New Zealanders with:
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Ministry of Education

Talanoa Ako digital app now available

The digital app for Pacific families includes key information about education in 10 Pacific languages and English.

The Talanoa Ako app follows the previously launched Talanoa Ako radio programme to support Pacific parents with distance learning. The radio programme continues to air on the Pacific Media Network (PMN) station.

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Ministry of Health

Current situation

On Monday 8 June at 11.59 pm New Zealand moved to Alert Level 1.

There are no active cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand. New Zealand has had 1,504 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19.

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National Emergency Management Agency

COVID-19 (update)

The National Transition Period owing to the impacts of COVID-19, which came into force at 12.21pm on Wednesday 13 May 2020, was terminated at 1.53pm on Monday 8 June 2020. Termination of the National Transition Period does not affect the COVID-19 Alert Level.

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New Zealand Police

Armed Response Teams will not continue

Police Commissioner Andrew Coster has today announced that Armed Response Teams (ARTs) will not be part of the New Zealand policing model in the future.

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