For two days straight there have been no COVID-19 cases to report with 1,402 of the 1,497 now all recovered, this includes all 28 cases in Northland. It is heartening as we move into Alert Level 2 from midnight tonight. There are 2 people in the hospital with COVID-19, none are in ICU.
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Te Kahu O Taonui Signal Disappointment In Handling Of Tangihanga Policy
Press Release: Te Kahu o Taonui
The Government is making a major statement this election year by their continued stance to restrict numbers of grieving families attending tangihanga, as the country sets to move into Alert Level 2 at midnight tonight, says Chair of Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whātua, Dame Naida Glavish.
Since official Ministry of Health guidelines were released on 30 March, the government has been harsh in its approach in prohibiting whānau attending tangihanga. Ngāti Kahu Chair Dr Margaret Mutu identified the approach the government has taken to tangihanga as “cold and callous and not without reproach”.
Wednesday, 13 May 2020
The next two weeks will see Ngātiwai Trust Board, Te Manawaroa o Ngāti Hine and Te Takiwā o Ngāpuhi ki Whangārei collaborating again to deliver 400 individual kai packs and bulk food parcels to 19 marae across Whangārei and surrounding areas.
The impacts of COVID-19 is proving that many kaumātua and whānau still need support despite the country moving to Alert Level Two. As iwi of Whangārei the collaborative approach means placing the health and wellbeing of people at the forefront of working together, and, the approach has proven to be a success.
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Rushed in two days – New law gives power to Police to enter our homes with no warrant
Despite widespread concern, the Government rushed through the powerful legislation for Alert Level 2, but legal experts say the new enforcement law is better for the public than the extreme emergency powers used under lockdown.
Immediate support to small businesses and organisations – Small Business Cash flow loan
The Loan supports businesses and organisations struggling because of loss of actual or predicted revenue as a result of COVID-19. They must have 50 or fewer full-time-equivalent employees. Inland Revenue will administer the payments and repayments of this scheme. Applications will run until 12 June 2020. The one-off loan has a maximum of $10,000 plus $1,800 per full-time employee. The annual interest rate will be 3% beginning from the date of the loan.
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Kia hiwa ra, Kia hiwa ra! Sport NZ has announced today an extra $25m available to the Play, Active Recreation and Sport sector. The key feature of the relief package is the $15 million Community Resilience Fund to help struggling local and regional sport and recreation organisations. This Fund will be administered and distributed by New Zealand’s 14 Regional Sports Trusts, and are open now. Check out their website to find out if your club or regional body may be eligible for support.
50 people now allowed at Tangihanga
Read more here:Up to 50 to be allowed at funerals – if strict public health measures are in place
Government tweaks Covid-19 level 2 law after marae controversy
No more Cheque books
The life of the lonesome cheque is set to become a relic of the past with BNZ, ANZ and Westpac following the print of Kiwibank and phasing out their use. Cheques have been the main use of kaumatua and reflects a message that technology is now important for banking going forward.
More reading here:BNZ, ANZ, Westpac to phase out cheque use.