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The Antidote: One of Five happy things to read about today, January 24

We live in unusual times. It all gets a bit much some days. So we’re bringing you a much-needed dose of positivity to remind you that there’s inspiration, kindness and quirkiness out there too.

Rare twin elephants born in Kenya

Rare elephant twins were born to the Winds II elephant family at the Samburu National Reserve, Kenya.

Twin baby elephants have been born this week in a rare event at a national reserve in northern Kenya.

The male and female were first spotted by tour guides out on safari at the Samburu reserve at the weekend.

They are only the second set of twin calves ever to have been encountered by local conservation charity Save the Elephants.

The charity said elephant twins account for only 1 per cent of elephant births, with the last known case recorded in 2006.

African elephants have the longest gestation period of any mammal. They carry their young for nearly 22 months, and give birth around every four years.


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COVID-19: Contact tracing locations of interest

Locations of interest are linked to public exposure events. We will not always publish casual contact events for regions that are at Red. We will publish close contact events for all regions. Follow the health instructions if you were at a location on the same date and time shown.

Not all exposure events will become locations of interest if health officials can identify everyone who may have been exposed (for example, a flight, a hairdresser with booked appointments, a private social event). These are considered private exposure events and you will be contacted by a district health board, the Ministry of Health or a district health board public health unit. Please follow their advice.


Locations of Interest

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Water safety tips for summer

With the sun shining and summer in full flow, our Wellington Maritime Unit have some simple tips to help you stay safe on the water.

Wearing a lifejacket, having two forms of communication and avoiding alcohol are all essential if you’re boating, but do you know what else you can do to stay safe? Summer Water Safety


Student Volunteer Week SVW 2022

Student Volunteer Week (SVW) is a national campaign celebrating students making a change in their communities, and connecting young people with opportunities to get involved with volunteering.

SVW 2022 will run from 4–10 April 2022

At Red, we need to take action to protect our vulnerable communities and our health system from COVID-19. Learn what we all need to do.

How we protect each other at Red

Life at Red

  • Wear a face covering wherever you go. These are mandatory on flights, public transport, taxis, retail, and public venues.
  • With a My Vaccine Pass, you can visit cafes and bars, attend gatherings and events, and visit close contact businesses like hairdressers. Some limits like capacity and distancing requirements will apply.
  • Without My Vaccine Pass, there are more restrictions in place. For example, you can’t visit close contact businesses like hairdressers or gyms, attend events like concerts, or dine in at cafes and restaurants.
  • Workplaces and schools are open — public health measures will be in place
  • Keep scanning QR codes and recordkeeping wherever you go
  • Keep physically distanced wherever possible
  • If you have cold or flu symptoms, isolate immediately and call Healthline for advice about a test


COVID-19 immunisation starts for 5 to 11-year-old tamariki

Over 120,000 doses of the child Pfizer vaccine have been delivered as health providers prepare to start immunising 5 to 11-year-olds tamariki from today.

The COVID-19 vaccine used for tamariki has a lower dose and smaller volume than the adult vaccine and is administered using a smaller needle. To be fully immunised against COVID-19 a child needs to get 2 doses of the vaccine, usually given at least 8 weeks apart. The child Pfizer vaccine is available at 500 sites throughout New Zealand, including walk-ins, drive-throughs, hauora providers, community pharmacies, and general practices. The number of centres will increase over the coming weeks.

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Booster rollout accelerated to protect against COVID-19 variants

Everyone aged 18 and over who has received 2 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine can now book a free booster dose online or over the phone.

If it’s been more than 4 months since your second dose, you can either book an appointment using Book My Vaccine(external link) or visit a walk-in clinic for your booster vaccine today. To make a whānau booking call 0800 28 29 26.

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National Advisory: Tsunami Activity – Cancelled

Monday 17 Jan – last updated 5:11 pm


The National Advisory: Tsunami Activity issued following the large eruption at Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha’pai in Tonga is cancelled.

The advice from GNS Science, based on ocean observations, is that the tsunami threat has now passed for all areas.

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Road Works and Road Closures

Up to date information on Road Works and Road Closures for week beginning 17th January

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Severe Weather Outlook

A cold front is expected to move northeast over the South Island on Wednesday and across the North Island on Thursday, bringing a period of rain or showers.

There is low confidence of rainfall accumulations reaching warning amounts in Fiordland and the ranges of southern Westland during Wednesday.

A ridge of high pressure is forecast to build over New Zealand on Friday and persist through Saturday, bringing mostly settled weather to much of the country.

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