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Check locations of interest and what to do if you have been at one. Locations of interest are places and times where the public may have been exposed to COVID-19

 

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Fire Season Status

This map shows the fire season status as of 12pm 18 February 2022.
🔴 If your area is in a red zone, there is a total fire ban. No fires are permitted.
🟡 If your area is in a yellow zone, you may need to apply for a permit. Go to www.checkitsalright.nz to check and apply.
🟢 If your area is in a green zone, you do not need a permit but go to www.checkitsalright.nz for safety tips before lighting.
Remember, the fire season status can change at any time. Go to www.checkitsalright.nz for the latest information.
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Learn about He Oranga Poutama (with live Q&A) 

Are you passionate about growing Māori leadership in play, active recreation and sport? Are you keen to explore Māori approaches that support positive outcomes for Māori through physical activity? 

Sport NZ Ihi Aotearoa are extending the He Oranga Poutama programme into three new takiwā across Aotearoa – Te Tairāwhiti, Manawatū and Te Ūpoko o te Ika. Applications are now open from 15 February 2022 for suitable providers. 

To support potential applicants, Sport NZ Ihi Atoearoa is hosting an information webinar on Tuesday 22 February 2022 10:00am. Come along and hear from our Sport NZ Ihi Aotearoa Rautaki Māori team as they share information about He Oranga Poutama, how it works, Te Whetū Rehua and the He Oranga Poutama outcomes. There will be an opportunity for Q & A with our team at the end of the webinar.  
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Locations Of Interest

Check locations of interest and what to do if you have been at one.

Locations of interest are places where someone confirmed with COVID-19 has visited.

You are a contact if you have been at a location of interest at the specified time.

Check the locations of interest and follow the health advice of the Ministry of Health.

Update on COVID-19 cases — 11 February 2022

Read today’s update on COVID-19 cases and Omicron from the Ministry of Health.

  • 446 new community cases
  • 32 new cases identified at the border
  • 23 cases in hospital

The Big Boost continues today, promoting the booster dose to anyone over 18 who has had their second dose more than 3 months ago. Many vaccination centres will be open extended hours over the weekend to encourage people to get their booster.

It is great to see that 43% of children in the 5 to 11 age group have already had their first dose. We want as many children as possible to be protected through vaccination.

Yesterday more than 50,000 booster doses were given, bringing the total so far to 1,772,914.

The most important step you can take to prepare for Omicron is getting your booster dose as soon as it is due. Boosters lower your chances of getting very sick and being hospitalised,

Book your vaccine now, whether it’s your first, second or booster. Every dose counts.

The increase in cases today is a reminder that, as expected, the Omicron variant is spreading in our communities as we have seen in other countries.

The number of cases will continue to fluctuate from day to day, but our expectation is that cases will continue to increase in the coming weeks.

All of us can all play our part to slow the spread of the virus, help protect our most vulnerable people from being infected, and ensure our health system is able to manage extra demand for services.

This means continuing to do the basics well —  staying home if unwell, and wearing a mask, physical distancing and scanning in using the NZ COVID Tracer app when you’re out and about.

Masks are most effective when worn properly —  fitted snug and close to the face.

Anyone with any cold or flu symptoms that could be COVID-19 is asked to get a test and isolate at home until a negative result is returned.

The most common early symptoms of the Omicron variant are a sore or scratchy throat, and a runny nose. Even if you develop a small sniffle, please get a test.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heaphy Track closure will last months

The severity of the damage to the Heaphy Track will leave part of it closed for months, with three bridges damaged or destroyed after torrential rain .

The worst of the damage to the popular Great Walk is between the Heaphy and James Mackay huts, with the Gunner River suspension bridge damaged, Pitt Creek bridge washed away, and the Heaphy River suspension bridge destroyed beyond repair.

The Department of Conservation (DOC) made an initial aerial assessment of the track on Wednesday, during a break in the weather between Metservice orange alerts for heavy rain in the region. More detailed assessments are planned after the current rainfall eases.

DOC’s Buller operations manager Suvi Van Smit said on Thursday that it was too early to say how long it would take to fix the bridges and other damage to the track, particularly as there had been more heavy rain since the initial assessment on Wednesday.

Severe weather expected as Cyclone Dovi tracks towards North Island

Cyclone Dovi is expected to bring severe weather to large parts of the North Island this weekend as the storm tracks southwards from the Pacific.

Dovi is currently south of New Caledonia and is classified as a category three tropical storm, meaning it has wind speeds of between 119kph and 157ph.

The cyclone will bring strong winds and create large swells on Auckland’s west coast as it approaches the country from the northwest.

MetService has provided heavy rain warnings and watches for central areas from Taranaki to Buller from Friday evening into Sunday.

Strong wind warnings have also been issued for northern and central New Zealand.

It is expected to cross the central North Island on Sunday or Monday.

Storm update for the West Coast, Top of the South on eve of Waitangi Weekend

 | Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency

Omicron update — 30 January 2022

Read the latest Omicron update from the Ministry of Health.

Public health teams are continuing to manage Omicron cases in the community through rapidly isolating cases and contacts, contact tracing, and testing to slow the spread.

We are expecting the number of cases connected to the Soundsplash music festival in Hamilton last weekend to grow over the coming days as further test results are received. The Ministry of Health is continuing to advise all attendees to get a test, if they have not already done so.

We’re continuing to ask everyone in New Zealand to act as if Omicron is circulating in their community.

That means wearing a mask, physical distancing and scanning in using the COVID-19 Tracer app, when you’re out and about.

The most common early symptoms of the Omicron variant are a sore or scratchy throat, and a runny nose. So if you have these symptoms, please get a test, and stay at home until you get a negative result.

Testing and vaccination centres | Healthpoint.co.nz

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