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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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Wellington to return to Level 1; QFT pause with Australia to lift for some states and ACT from Sunday

As Wellington prepares to return to Alert Level 1 tonight, people in the region are urged to remain vigilant and should get tested if they are felling unwell or were at a location of interest, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today.
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Quarantine Free Travel with Australia paused for 72 hours

Quarantine Free Travel from all Australian states and territories will be paused from 10.30pm (NZT) tonight until 11.59pm (NZT) on Tuesday 29 June, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins has announced.
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Alert Level 2 in Wellington extended by 2 days

Alert Level 2 measures for Wellington, Wairarapa and Kāpiti Coast to the north of Ōtaki have been extended by 48 hours to 11.59pm on Tuesday 29 June, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says.
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Financial support for caregivers widened

Children’s Minister Kelvin Davis has welcomed changes that will make it easier for caregivers looking after children outside of the state care system to access much-needed financial assistance. The Social Security (Financial Assistance for Caregivers) Amendment Bill will also allow these caregivers to access further benefits previously unavailable to them.
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Wellingtonians and visitors urged to check locations of interest

The first 6 locations of interest in Wellington visited by an Australian traveller from Sydney have been published on the Ministry of Health website.

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Home phone technology and calling 111

If the power goes out and there is an emergency, will you or your loved ones be able to contact 111? Most modern home phones require power to work. It’s important that you know what technology your home phone uses and that you also check your family and friends understand this and are prepared.
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