Stewart HamiltonThe Tiwai Point aluminium smelter is to shut down one of its lines this week in response to the Covid-19 crisis. Operators New Zealand’s Aluminium Smelter (NZAS) made the announcement yesterday, attributing the change to the introduction of safer operating practices to prevent the spread of Covid-19. "Given these measures and the current climate, we also need to stabilise our operation by reducing load. To do this, we will engage with Meridian to reduce the 50MW of electricity that supports Line 4." The change would affect 35 staff, who would be redeployed to the company’s other three lines during the closure.
He wrote about how easily societies can fall apart in extreme times such as the English civil war. Don’t think you will come out a winner by smart investment or panic buying or hoarding or abusing the system. When a nation is at war it is about meeting the basic needs for everyone during the fighting. Those on the front line in this war are healthcare workers, police, emergency workers, food producers, supply chain staff, supermarket staff, rest-home staff. We can supply our own basic needs as a nation if we need to.
The five Reefton women and a relative from Blenheim stuck on a cruise ship since mid-February, arrived safely back in New Zealand on Sunday after a harrowing experience at sea. "The Kiwis left the ship in Fremantle to be greeted by police, border patrol and army," Mrs Snowden told the Greymouth Star. About 110 New Zealanders were evacuated from the cruise ship. The group returned to Auckland on an Air NZ flight which mostly contained cruise ship passengers as well as a few extras. "We are now settled into a fabulous hotel in Auckland ... actually, we can walk outside, just respecting the 2m rule," Mrs Snowden said.
Sick of your own company yet? Well how about sharing some of your daily lockdown activities with our Otago Daily Times readers. We are urging our readers to send in photographs depicting what life is like inside your bubble. We will run a selection each day and those published either in the newspaper or on odt.co.nz, will go in a draw to win prizes. To enter email your JPEG images to email@example.com including all names, ages of children, a telephone number (not for publication) and where the photograph was taken.
April Tonta (left) and Solo Lasbromas test new headwear that will stylishly allow them — and many thousands of New Zealanders — to socialise at an acceptable social distance. When folded according to the instructions to accompany the forthcoming nationally distributed publication, the ODT becomes a pointed hat whose peak protrudes 1m from the face. This means two people wearing their ODT social-distancing hat will be at least 2m apart when they meet — exactly the social distance prescribed by the Ministry of Health. ODT publisher Allied Press will foot the bill to send the newspaper to as many households as possible. Company spokeswoman Optima Durant said the special publication will not be reproduced as an online or tablet edition.
The timing could not be worse for Cromwell’s only pharmacy as the largest of three medical practices in the town has decided to push an Auckland-based delivery service for prescriptions. In an email on Monday, obtained by the Otago Daily Times, Cromwell Medical Centre practice manager Christina Bickerstaff wrote the medical centre was "now prescribing via Zoom Pharmacy wherever possible". Cromwell Pharmacy proprietor pharmacist Jackie Hamilton said her local business had already shortened its hours and was running reduced staff hours during the Covid-19 Alert Level 4 lockdown. Delivery was available from her pharmacy. Cromwell Medical Centre director Peter Waters said the decision to use the door-to-door delivery service was purely to allow those requiring medication to remain in isolation.
The Heartland Championship has been sacrificed for a greater good — club rugby. "It wasn’t New Zealand Rugby telling us that we had to do it," Jackson said. "As a group we were unanimous in that club rugby was the most important. And we wanted to give club rugby every opportunity, even at the expense of the Heartland competition. New Zealand Rugby yesterday confirmed the New Zealand schools team is still scheduled to go ahead at this stage.
Devon Conway was in outstanding form in all three domestic formats last season. Photo: Getty ImagesProlific Wellington batsman Devon Conway’s international debut could be a little earlier than expected. It was thought the 28-year-old would become eligible for his adopted country in September. He has scored 6674 runs at an average of 47 in 103 matches, including 17 centuries. He has a high score of 327 not out and his one-day and twenty20 domestic records are every bit as impressive.
March 31, 2020 15:22 UTC
A variety of businesses, including butchers, greengrocers, bottle stores and community newspapers have been arguing their case to continue trading. The Otago Daily Times’ publisher Allied Press produces a stable of community newspapers across the South Island. Pressured by the Community Newspapers Association, publishers and communities themselves, the Government was right to yesterday make its first, halting steps toward acknowledging they, too, can be essential local services. She said an education campaign to discourage trampers from feeding kea was being considered. In the meantime, we hope kea may benefit from the reprieve from unwanted human attention during the lockdown.
March 31, 2020 15:22 UTC
Here's an update of which shops will be open for the remainder of lockdown and what you can purchase from them. LUZ ZUNIGA/STUFF Briscoes has reopened its online store to deliver home essentials to customers' doors within five to seven days. The same goes for PlaceMakers, which is operating between 7am and 11am for trade customers only. SUPERMARKETSAll major supermarkets - that includes Foodstuffs' Pak'n Save, New World, as well as Countdown and FreshChoice - will remain open for the duration of alert level four. ROBERT KITCHIN/STUFF All major supermarkets - that includes Foodstuffs' Pak'n Save, New World, as well as Countdown and FreshChoice - will remain open for the duration of alert level four.
March 31, 2020 08:15 UTC
Walkers out for their daily exercise are getting to grips with the not-so straight forward etiquette of physical distancing. KJ Smith, who lives in Hataitai, was looking forward to going for her daily walk, but just as she left her house, she accidentally stumbled across a couple. DOM THOMAS/RNZ A woman walks down Lambton Quay in Wellington on the first day of the coronavirus lockdown. "I just didn't feel that there was enough ability for me to keep my social distance from people," he said. "But outdoors, on bush tracks, or out and about in the wilderness, it's not feasible to guarantee a 2 metre physical distance in that environment.
March 31, 2020 07:52 UTC
The country's newest reality TV couple are currently self-isolating in a loved-up lockdown bubble. Lily McManus, 23, handed clothing designer Richie Boyens, 32, her final rose during the finale of The Bachelorette NZ. Matt Klitscher Lily McManus and Richie Boyens have been in a relationship since The Bachelorette finished filming in December. READ MORE:* The Bachelorette NZ: Aaron wonders if there is more to Lesina's final decision to fly solo* Live: The Bachelorette After The Final Rose - do Lily and Richie last? Matt Klitscher The couple have temporarily moved in together for the lockdown period.
March 31, 2020 07:51 UTC
There are now 170 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the South Island – a jump of 15 within 24 hours. West Coast: A male in his 20s, flew from Australia to New Zealand on 12 March - flight details to come. South Canterbury: A female in her 20s, flew on flight OA4326 to New Zealand on 19 March, overseas location not specified. Southern DHB: A male in his 20s, flew from Switzerland to New Zealand on 16 March - flight details to come. Southern DHB: A male in his 20s, flew from Dubai to New Zealand on 21 March - flight details to come.
March 31, 2020 06:56 UTC
SPREADING: Bromley Compost company Living Earth has been linked to eight confirmed Covid-19 cases. Compost company Living Earth is the Christchurch workplace linked to eight confirmed coronavirus cases. Living Earth, the composting facility in Bromley in east Christchurch, is owned by Waste Management and since 2009 has been contracted by Christchurch City Council to deal with its food and garden waste. A Waste Management spokesperson confirmed four Living Earth team members had tested positive for Covid-19. Asked by Stuff to explain the discrepancy in numbers, a ministry spokesman said not all the Living Earth cluster cases were employees.
March 31, 2020 06:33 UTC
A British man stranded in New Zealand due to the global coronavirus pandemic says being confined to a motel room in Auckland feels a "bit like Alcatraz". "We tried to ring the British High Commission in Wellington, but it either rings forever or you get cut off," Rowland told the Bristol Post. The 69-year-old also gave an insight into life trapped inside a small motel room, complaining about the "dreadful" New Zealand television. Rowland told the Bristol Post that when they started their holiday "Covid-19 was just something that affected China". "How do you fill your days in a seven by five-metre motel room?
March 31, 2020 06:22 UTC