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New Zealand will host three women’s World Cups over the next three years, kicking off with rugby in 2021, followed on by cricket in 2022 and topped off with football in 2023. All three major events are at different stages of planning and delivery, but all are progressing on track – despite the unforeseen interruptions by Covid-19.

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Border exceptions for a small number of international students announced.

The Government announced a new border exception category that will allow 250 international PhD and postgraduate students to enter New Zealand.

Granting a border exception for a small number of international students to enter the country is a balanced decision that recognises the vital role international education will play in the recovery and rebuild of New Zealand and the need to continue the fight against COVID-19.

The decision will enable the return of select PhD and Masters students who were caught offshore this year, and recognises the commitment these international students have made to New Zealand.

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There are no active community cases of COVID-19 remaining in the country after the last people from the recent outbreak have recovered from the virus, Health Minister Chris Hipkins said today.

Since August 11, there have been 186 community cases of COVID-19 reported – 179 people linked to the Auckland August cluster, six people linked to the Christchurch returnees group, and the worker from the managed isolation facility at the Rydges.

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New Zealand is remaining at Alert Level 2, with extra restrictions in the Auckland region for gatherings, funerals and tangihanga. The Government will next review the Alert Levels on Monday 21 September. It has agreed, in principle, to move New Zealand down to Alert Level 1 and Auckland to Alert Level 2 with eased restrictions on gatherings. The Government will make a final decision on 21 September.

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Water Safety New Zealand

Water Safety New Zealand (WSNZ) has published final preventable drowning fatality and hospitalisation data in the Drowning Report 2019, as it considers the impact of COVID-19 on water safety.

Drowning is the leading cause of recreational death and the third highest cause of accidental death in New Zealand. In 2019 there were 82 preventable* drowning fatalities and 203 drowning related hospitalisations**. WSNZ now presents the data in an online interactive format so it is easier to access for analysis and insights.

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Unite against COVID19

All of New Zealand is at Alert Level 2. You legally must wear a face covering on public transport. There are also extra restrictions on social gatherings, funerals and tangihanga in Auckland.

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Applications are now open for Sport NZ’s new fund – Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa – for community-based programmes and projects targeting those tamariki and rangatahi (young people aged 5 to 18) at most risk of missing out or being less active. Tū Manawa replaces and improves on Sport NZ’s existing Kiwisport Regional Partnership Fund and now has double the funding available – $68 million over four years.

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Unite against COVID19

All of New Zealand is at Alert Level 2. Auckland is now at Alert Level 2, but with extra restrictions on social gatherings, funerals and tangihanga. These extra restrictions will help stop the spread of COVID-19.

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NZ Government

Additional security systems, including thermal CCTV that triggers an alarm if returnees break out, will be rolled out to all Managed Isolation and Quarantine Facilities. The estimated $6 million rollout is part of an ongoing programme of continual improvement in the managed isolation and quarantine system and includes a 500-person boost to defence force personnel in manage isolation and quarantine facilities, increases to Police and security fencing. The Government will also be commencing a pilot of the COVID card with staff inside a managed isolation facility, with a view to a wider roll out in the coming months.

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Te Tāhuhu o Te Mātauranga and Māori Television are again proud to collaborate to deliver ‘Mauri Reo, Mauri Ora’ while Auckland is in Alert Level 3 and the rest of Aotearoa is in Alert Level 2.

The programmes will link to online supports available through Ki te Ao Mārama, national free-to-air broadcasts of classrooms and on-demand videos for whānau to support learning outcomes from home. Programming is for tamariki and rangatahi, 0 – 18 years old.

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