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Gisborne floods: Landslide risk warning as rain continues to fall

Some areas received more than 200mm of rain in a 24-hour period, the Gisborne District Council says.

A local state of emergency is continuing in Tairāwhiti/Gisborne on Friday after steady rain contributed to flooding overnight.

Some areas have received more than 200 millimetres of rain on Thursday and the heavy rain forced some residents to leave their homes amid worsening flooding and rising river levels.

Kupu Lloyd, civil defence operator for Gisborne District Council, said river levels had dropped on Friday morning, but concerns remained.

“There’s quite a lot of surface flooding, and the ground is saturated, so we are starting to get quite a few landslides,” he said.


Residents leave homes, some rescued by boat, after state of emergency declared in Gisborne
At least 1400 homes still without power between Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay
Huge slip between Wairoa and Gisborne creates large lake and “significant hazard”

High tide was at 6:36am and the Taruheru River did not appear to be at risk of breaking its banks, he said.

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Healthy Active Learning initiative to expand to 800 schools and kura

Healthy Active Learning is a joint initiative between Sport NZ and the Ministries of Health and Education that has been implemented across more than 300 schools and kura since last year.

COVID-19 Sports Sector Update – 1 November

Kia ora koutou,

I hope you are safe and well as we begin a new week and month.

This email summarises today’s media conference which brings better news for Auckland and the Waikato.

  • Restrictions in the Waikato will ease from 11.59pm tomorrow (Tuesday) with a step down to Alert Level 3, Step 2.
  • In principle, there will be a move for Auckland to Alert Level 3, Step 2 from Tuesday 9th November at 11.59pm.

As this is the first time we have moved into a step 2 setting, we are connecting with the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC) to clarify the changes for sport and recreation, covering the expansion to gatherings sizes and what this means for public facilities.

We aim to be back in touch as quickly as possible once the changes to the Alert Level Order are confirmed. If you are scenario planning, please be sure to check the final guidance before changing your operational plans.

As always, if you have any questions, please contact your Partnership Manager or send COVID-19 related queries to this address:

Ngā mihi and thank you for your ongoing patience,

Raelene Castle

Ministry of Health

More than 3.1 million New Zealanders now fully vaccinated

The order of our daily numbers has changed from today, to better reflect the shift in New Zealand’s current response to COVID-19 and the importance of vaccination. For more information

This includes data showing our progress on reaching 90% fully vaccinated eligible people across Aotearoa.

COVID-19 hospitalisation numbers are also highlighted. All other numbers, including daily case updates, remain in the table below.

There were more than 20,000 vaccines administered yesterday taking NZ’s vaccination rate to 88% for first doses and 75% for second doses representing 3,159,301 fully vaccinated New Zealanders.

Getting vaccinated will help to stop you and your loved ones getting seriously ill and could save your life and theirs. If you haven’t been vaccinated, please get your first dose today.

Don’t freak out, ShakeOut

Minister for Emergency Management Kiri Allan is challenging more people to join the almost 650,000 who have already signed up to take part in the nation-wide ShakeOut drill, happening tomorrow.


Don’t freak out, ShakeOut

New Zealand increases climate aid contribution

Government commits $1.3 billion over four years to support countries most vulnerable to the effects of climate change
At least 50 percent of funding will go to the Pacific as it adapts to the impacts of climate change
The increase means New Zealand now meets its fair share of global climate funding
The Government is making a four-fold increase in the support it provides to countries most vulnerable to the climate emergency, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Climate Change Minister James Shaw announced today in the lead up to the United Nations climate conference in Glasgow.
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New digital tool with ‘sass’ helps wāhine Māori ditch the smokes

Kuīni is a new digital tool for young wāhine who want to quit smoking. She is a chatbot with a personality, face and attitude that is all about young, dynamic and diverse Māori women.

“That word Kuīni is so special to me,” says Ngā Puhi/Samoa artist Coco Solid AKA (Jessica Hansell) who led the concept of Kuīni with Te Hiringa Hauora | Health Promotion Agency.

“It flips what we, as Māori women, are constantly told about ourselves – which is that we’re the bottom rung of the ladder. We’re saying ‘you are the centre, you define what this is, the vernacular is yours, the world view is yours’.”
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Ministry of Health

60 community cases of COVID-19; 5 new border cases; 89 percent of Aucklanders complete one vaccine dose

There are 60 new community cases today; 57 in Auckland and three in the Waikato. As at 10am, 36 of these cases are linked – 18 of which are household contacts – and 24 remain unlinked, with investigations continuing to help determine their connection to the outbreak.

Auckland is at Alert Level 3 with some restrictions eased. This will be reviewed on Monday 18 October

Auckland is at Alert Level 3 with some restrictions eased. This will be reviewed on Monday 18 October.


Alert level advice for Auckland

Super Saturday: Get vaccinated

Let’s get back to doing the things we love. We need your help getting all of Aotearoa vaccinated this Saturday 16 October.

Super Saturday

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