Canterbury health authorities are postponing all non-urgent surgeries and in-person outpatient appointments. The decision, which comes into effect on Tuesday ahead of New Zealand going into lockdown, applies across all Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) facilities. Email firstname.lastname@example.orgUrgent surgeries, such as planned cancer surgery and acute trauma-related surgery, will still take place. As ot Tuesday morning, the CDHB had contacted patients to postpone more than 1400 inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures, with more to come. While there would be fewer procedures, Coward said there was no plan for the CDHB to scale back its workforce.
March 24, 2020 03:51 UTC
Have you seen Tokuichi Sako? Photo: NZ PolicePolice are appealing for the public's help to find a missing Japanese tourist in Canterbury. Tokuichi Sako, 77, was last seen on February 27 at 3pm in the Templeton area. Police said they have concerns for the safety and well-being of Mr Sako. Anyone with information on where Mr Sako may be is urged to call police on 105 and quote file number 200316/2523.
March 24, 2020 03:45 UTC
Photo: RNZIf you're a New Zealander and still overseas - stay where you are, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says. Peters said the Government has been warning that it was becoming increasingly difficult to return to New Zealand from overseas. Peters said the Government remained committed to helping New Zealanders overseas, and consular assistance would be provided where possible. New Zealanders overseas are being encouraged to register their details on SafeTravel. New Zealanders overseas were advised to register on SafeTravel and check the website regularly for up-to-date advice.
March 24, 2020 03:33 UTC
The Real Estate Industry and the Law Society are scrambling to find solutions for more than 800 house sales across Canterbury that have been derailed by the Covid-19 lockdown. Some 6694 properties across NZ were bought or sold over four weeks in February. Similar solutions would apply to the rental market, where people had agreed to lease a property but could not move in. The Real Estate Institute has provided figures that gave a rough indication of the size of the problem. This included 1485 properties in Auckland, 801 in Canterbury and 699 in Wellington.
March 24, 2020 03:11 UTC
Photo: ODT filesBus services in Dunedin and Queenstown will now be free of charge from to stop interaction between customers and drivers and reduce the transmission of germs. In a statement issued this afternoon, the Otago Regional Council has asked passengers to now enter and exit buses through the rear door where possible. "Orbus will continue to operate as normal for now, but we will reduce services from Thursday, 26 March," it said. "To support those who work in essential services, for medical reasons, or to access the supermarket, we are looking to provide a weekend schedule, however this depends on driver availability. • In the meantime, further information about public transport is available on the ORC's website.
March 24, 2020 03:11 UTC
Both the 27-bed mens' and nine-bed womens' facilities in the central city are full of rough sleepers, manager Joanne Turner told Stuff on Tuesday. The centre has been preparing for the nation-wide lockdown due to Coronavirus that will begin on Wednesday and decided to operate 24/7. The shelters are typically only open to occupants from 5.30pm to 9am, with users asked to leave during the day. We're getting down to the basics now we just need to make sure they have shelter, food and we're in good health." READ MORE:* The next 48 hours: What happens before New Zealand's coronavirus lockdown* Coronavirus: Jacinda Ardern says New Zealand will shut down in two days* Coronavirus: Supermarkets erupt in chaos after lockdown announcementRNZ New Zealand is heading into lockdown.
March 24, 2020 03:00 UTC
The Government has announced a six-month mortgage holiday for those whose incomes have been affected by Covid-19. The Government, retail banks and the Reserve Bank announced a major financial support package for home owners and businesses affected. The package will include a six-month principal and interest payment holiday for mortgage holders and SME customers whose incomes have been affected by the economic disruption from Covid-19. "These actions between the Government, banks and the Reserve Bank show how we are all uniting against Covid-19. "A six-month mortgage holiday for people whose incomes have been affected by Covid-19 will mean people won't lose their homes as a result of the economic disruption caused by this virus."
March 24, 2020 02:37 UTC
The city council has also addressed a number of questions people may have around disposing of their rubbish during the lockdown. Can I drop rubbish at the dump and can I drop recycling at the transfer station? "You will be able to continue to drop rubbish at the Ecodrop Transfer stations at Parkhouse Road and Bromley transfer stations. "The Barrys Bay transfer station will be operating under limited hours, with public access limited to Wednesday, 12-2pm. "Asbestos contaminated material will only be accepted at the transfer station by prior appointment, please contact us on 03 941 8999 to arrange."
March 24, 2020 02:37 UTC
The Hillmorton High School food hub was broken into on Monday. Photo: SuppliedMembers of a Christchurch suburb have expressed disappointment after a food hub at their local high school was broken into and trashed on Monday. Various food items had been collected and stored at the Hillmorton High School food hub on Upland Rd. Members of the group commented on the post, expressing their disappointment and saying they want the food hub to be moved to stop this from happening again. "Once school goes back it would be best off outside Spreydon School as less teens around there and more parents coming and going," said another.
March 24, 2020 02:26 UTC
The Government has announced a six-month mortgage holiday for those whose incomes have been affected by Covid-19. The Government, retail banks and the Reserve Bank announced a major financial support package for home owners and businesses affected. The package will include a six-month principal and interest payment holiday for mortgage holders and SME customers whose incomes have been affected by the economic disruption from Covid-19. "A six-month mortgage holiday for people whose incomes have been affected by Covid-19 will mean people won't lose their homes as a result of the economic disruption caused by this virus." The Government, Reserve Bank and the Treasury continue to work on further tailor-made support for larger, more complex businesses, Robertson said.
March 24, 2020 02:10 UTC
Grocery stores are essential services and will remain open. A statement from Fed - another pre-prepared food service - said that it was an essential service and was still delivering. Transport is available to those working in essential services, for medical reasons, or to move essential goods – including ferry services between the North and South Island. Taxi drivers and rideshare services however are considered essential services and will continue. Building and construction workers will carry on working on essential services, critical services, or in cases where they're needed to maintain human health or safety.
March 24, 2020 01:36 UTC
As the nation prepares to go into lockdown, people are being urged to look out for scammers preying on the vulnerable. Netsafe, South Canterbury elderly advocates and the police say scammers may use Covid-19 to target people and they reinforced online and phone safety messages. Bejon Haswell/Stuff Timaru Senior Citizens Association community support co-ordinator Robyn Baldwin. Timaru Senior Citizens Association community support co-ordinator Robyn Baldwin said scammers were anticipated at this time as they were notorious for taking advantage of the vulnerable. She said anyone could ring Timaru Senior Citizens if they needed help on 036877581.
March 24, 2020 01:30 UTC
John Hawkins Invercargill Central Ltd director Scott O'Donnell concedes they are now unlikely to hit their opening target date for Invercargill's city block development as demolition stops. READ MORE:* Relief for CBD developer as demolition starts in Invercargill* Planned Invercargill CBD development reaches High Court in Christchurch* The demolition delay for the Invercargill CBD project will cost thousands each weekHowever, Invercargill Central Ltd director Scott O'Donnell said that date was always going to be tight and with the latest delay February 2022 was now unlikely. Kavinda Herath /The Southland Times /Stuff-Invercargill CBD demolition work from Kelvin StThe demolition, which started in January, was initially estimated to take four to six months, but contractors Ceres NZ was preparing on Tuesday to stop work as part of the lockdown. On top of the delay of demolition work, the shut down of businesses is expected to hit the retail sector hard and in turn, cause further challenges for Invercargill's inner-city developers. While the coronavirus situation had put further pressure on the inner-city development, O'Donnell suggested it was simply a delay.
March 24, 2020 01:30 UTC
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March 24, 2020 01:18 UTC
The remains were discovered in an area off the Desert Rd. Human remains have been uncovered in the central North Island after police received information that led to the discovery. Police announced on Tuesday afternoon human remains had been found in the area around Rangipo Intake Rd by police undertaking a land search. Police at the scene on Tuesday uncovered human remains buried at a site off Rangipo Intake Road. Until the remains have been formally identified, police will not be speculating on the possible identity of the deceased.
March 24, 2020 01:06 UTC