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Further support for Group 3 vaccination appointments

An 0800 number will be launched today, allowing Group 3 people who haven’t yet received an invitation for their COVID-19 vaccination to make an appointment. Jo Gibbs, National Director of the COVID-19 Vaccine and Immunisation Programme, says the 0800 number will provide booking support and vaccination information. Advisors will also answer clinical questions.
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Quarantine-free travel with Australia suspended

Quarantine-free travel from all Australian states and territories to New Zealand is being suspended as the COVID-19 situation there worsens. From 11:59pm (NZT) today Australians will no longer be able to enter New Zealand quarantine-free. This will be in place for at least the next 8 weeks.
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Pause to quarantine-free travel from South Australia to New Zealand

Quarantine-free travel from South Australia to New Zealand will be paused from 11:59pm (NZT) on 20 July. However, people currently in the state who ordinarily live in New Zealand will be able to travel starting with the next available flight, and are encouraged to do so.
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Pause on quarantine-free travel from Victoria extended; QFT with Queensland continues

The pause on quarantine-free travel from Victoria to New Zealand will be extended for now, the Ministry of Health has confirmed. New Zealand health officials met again today and determined that, at this time, a better understanding is still needed of the developing situation in Victoria, including the number and pattern of COVID-19 cases.
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Did the wild weather affect your property over the weekend?

Did the wild weather affect your property over the weekend? Here’s our advice for returning to your property after a leak or flood:
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New code of practice for the pastoral care of tertiary and international learners

Today, the Government released a new code of practice for the pastoral care of tertiary and international learners, to take effect by 1 January 2022, as required under the Education and Training Act 2020.
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Pause to quarantine-free travel from Victoria to New Zealand

Quarantine-free travel from Victoria to New Zealand will be paused from 1:59am (NZT) Friday. The decision follows updated public health advice from New Zealand officials and a growing number of cases and locations of interest. The pause starts from 1:59am (NZT) Friday 16 July and be subject to further review on Monday.
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Great Walks mythbusting

We’ve been blown away by the interest New Zealanders have shown over the last couple of years in undertaking a Great Walk. The flip side of all this interest has meant there’s been a wee bit of misinformation going around about booking onto our Great Walks and even the odd conspiracy theory. So we’ve written this blog to tackle the most common misconceptions and provide advice on how best to bag your spot.
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Early learning regulatory changes to better protect children

Over the next six months, changes from tranche one of the Early Learning Regulatory Review will come into effect across three key dates. This is the first of three tranches, announced in 2020.
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Ministry statement on ransomware attack

We advise anyone that believes they may have Kaseya VSA software installed to contact their IT provider in the first instance and undertake the recommended mitigation as per the CERT NZ advisory.
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