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There were nine new cases in Managed Isolation announced over the weekend. The varied origins of these cases is a clear reminder that as COVID-19 continues to batter countries and jurisdictions around the globe, mandatory isolation and testing will continue to be of critical importance as high numbers of New Zealanders return home before the holiday period.

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Two unmissable opportunities for sport coaches

Sport NZ has recently highlighted two opportunities for coaches – Coaching for Impact (applications closing 30th November) and the iCoachKids Conference, an online event from 3-4 December.

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Last chance to apply! Applications close at 5pm on Monday for Sport NZ’s new Coaching for Impact programme – a new programme for coaches working with secondary school age athletes.

Coaching for Impact is a free coaching programme being introduced by Sport NZ in 2021. The main objective of the programme is to grow a collaborative network of coaches who influence positive change in youth sport aligned with the Balance is Better philosophy.

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One of New Zealand’s premier hikes and a cornerstone of the Te Anau community, the Milford Track has officially reopened. From Monday 30 November, the Milford Track is open from end to end – the entire 54 km – from Glade Wharf to Sandfly Point. Key repairs to the most damaged sections of the Milford track and bridges have been completed, however some minor repair work is still to be undertaken over the coming months. The Routeburn track is currently scheduled to reopen in full from December 7.

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The Ministry of Health has released a list of locations of interest because a person who may have COVID-19 visited them. On Monday, Air New Zealand told the Ministry of Health of a possible case of COVID-19 in a staff member who is now in China. This person has now tested positive for COVID-19. This person visited several places on Friday 20 November and Saturday 21 November before they left New Zealand. The Ministry of Health is following public health protocols and investigating this case as if this were a confirmed case in New Zealand.

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Sport NZ invests an additional $7m into new plan for Māori wellbeing. Sport NZ Ihi Aotearoa has announced $7m of new investment over the next four years to improve wellbeing outcomes for Māori. This new plan will see the government agency invest in new organisations who contribute to Māori physical activity outcomes.  It is  part of the $265m sport recovery package, and is a recognition of the adverse effect COVID-19 has had on Māori wellbeing and levels of physical activity.

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Have your say on the Health and Disability Services Standard. The new Standard combines and incorporates four existing Standards: the Health and Disability Services Standard, the Fertility Services Standard, the Home and Community Support Sector Standard and the Interim-Standards for Abortion in New Zealand.

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Napier’s state of emergency has been lifted. Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence Emergency Management Group is still activated and is now transitioning to recovery with Napier City Council.

Latest updates are available on the Hawke’s Bay Emergency Management website

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NZ Police

Police in Hawke’s Bay are out in force undertaking reassurance patrols around the flood-affected suburbs of Napier after record downpours on Monday night, with more rain forecast later today. More than 219 millimetres of rain fell between 9am and 9pm yesterday, with 60 millimetres in one hour. The storm is reported as a one-in-250-year event. Napier Mayor Kirsten Wise declared a state of emergency in the city late last night because of the widespread flooding, with residents told to shelter at home and avoid driving where possible.

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A number of push notifications will be sent to people who logged on with the COVID Tracer app as a new case was announced 8th November. The alerts were sent to people that logged in at several locations of interest in Wellington and Auckland.

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