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Water Safety New Zealand (WSNZ) has partnered with EdTech company, AgentBee, to increase international student awareness of water safety and prevent drownings.

Ahead of the return of international students to NZ, the two organisations have developed an online course for education agents which provides key information on water safety in New Zealand that agents can pass on to international students and their families.

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New Zealand’s Alert Levels have changed. Auckland moved to Alert Level 3 at 12 noon on Wednesday 12 August. The rest of New Zealand moved to Alert Level 2.

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The Ministry of Health has updated its advice on the use of masks as part of our ongoing response to COVID-19: “We have seen elsewhere that masks can help reduce the spread of COVID-19 where there are cases of community transmission.”

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Shovel ready projects are being approved across the country as a part of the $3 billion infrastructure package in the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund, announced by Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Shane Jones on July 1. The South Waikato for example sees three major local projects: a Sports Centre for Te Kuiti, a redevelopment of the Otorohanga  Kiwi House and a new dementia centre for the South Waikato.

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Ministry of Health

An update to the NZ COVID Tracer app allowing users to add manual entries to their digital diary has been released today by the Ministry of Health. New Zealanders can now use NZ COVID Tracer to record their visits to locations without a QR code or visits to friends and whanau, which means we can now use the app to maintain a complete – and private – record.

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Ministry of Education

The refreshed Ka Hikitia and Tau Mai Te Reo strategies have been released. Ka Hikitia is the Māori Education Strategy and Tau Mai Te Reo is the Māori Language in Education Strategy. They set out the strategic direction for Māori education and Māori language in education respectively and the actions that need to be taken across the Ministry, education agencies and the sector.

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Ministry of Health

Mental health and addictions charities and community groups get a share of $200K to support people through impacts of COVID-19. $200,000 in funding has been allocated to 16 charities and community groups, to help support people living with mental health and addictions challenges who have been impacted by COVID-19.

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NZ Government

The plan to respond to new COVID-19 cases in the community has been released. The Government has unveiled a “Stamp it Out” plan for responding to new cases of COVID-19 in the community. Although ongoing elimination will remain the Government’s strategy for dealing with COVID-19 to keep New Zealanders safe and support New Zealand’s continued economic recovery, new cases in the community are a realistic possibility given that the global situation has deteriorated significantly.

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NZ Government

A new approach to prevent family harm that encourages greater collaboration across government and community groups is being celebrated at the opening of a new facility in Auckland.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern recently opened the Multi-Disciplinary Family Harm Prevention Hub Te Taanga Manawa in Lambie Road in Manukau. The facility houses representatives of 13 agencies from central government, Maori and the community sector who are tackling the causes and impacts of family harm.

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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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