She would hold on until she was forced to close, Ms Johnstone said. Ms Johnstone said yesterday she was "breathing". While she was not stopping people from coming into the Sunderland St store yesterday she was aware of the fears some in the community had, and the potential for the Government to take more preventive measures, and began taking protective measures at the store on Friday. The situation had moved fast but she defended her decision to implement protection measures despite some critics, she said. "People are self-isolating and I wanted to provide an option for people if they wanted to protect themselves," Ms Johnstone said.
A Frenchman with a penchant for wine, cannabis and shooting paintballs will leave New Zealand more than $1000 poorer tomorrow. The most unusual were three of assault using a spring-loaded paintball gun as a weapon, on February 26. He shot the second, female, victim in the head, and the third victim on his shoulder and the back of his helmet. On February 25, he went back and stole two more bottles, valued at $165. After convicting him, she ordered him to pay $214.77 in reparation to Pak’nSave, and $300 to each of his paintball victims for emotional harm,For possessing cannabis, he was convicted and discharged.
Stepping up in a time of crisis is a task Fiordlanders are used to, the region’s community board chairwoman says. In response to the global pandemic, a community Covid response group was set up to provide help to the community of about 2500 people. "We are being really proactive," Fiordland Community board chairwoman Sarah Greaney said —"having a proactive approach gives us a degree of control." The group included local community groups, police, the community board and the Fiordland Medical Centre, she said. Another community initiative was "Meals For Mates", which would provide food to community members in need.
A launch load of children from orphanages leaving Dunedin wharf for the annual picnic given by the Otago Yachting and Motor Launch Club. Owing to the kindness of Mr P. R. Sargood the Boy and Girl Scouts were able to spend a very pleasant afternoon on his property at Newington yesterday. While the desire was to provide the boys and girls with some amusement there were other objects in view, which, Mr Sargood explained at the end of the afternoon, were to popularise and make more widely known the Boy Scout and Girl Peace Scout movement. He also pointed out the necessity for funds to carry on the movement with. A beginning has already been made in Dunedin by the establishment of a Girls' Social Centre in a building opposite the General Post Office.
PHOTO: SUPPLIEDNo Maadi Cup. However, as Covid-19 swept through the nation, the Maadi Cup dream went out the window as the regatta was cancelled. "Since Maadi Cup has been cancelled I have been been pretty bummed out. "But I was going online and stumbled across the record and I thought ‘Why not?’"Cook was after the 15-16 years 1000m erg record lightweight national record set by Daniel Bridgewater in 2004 at the Bay of Plenty championships. Coached by Kirsty Dunhill, he will now get into winter training, and long term he has one more crack at the Maadi Cup in 2021, in year 13.
Clutha Mayor Bryan Cadogan, wife Allyson and Maggie the dog launch the ‘‘Clutha Cooee’’ campaign with neighbours Anne and Alan Bichan at the fenceline of their Balclutha home yesterday. PHOTO: RICHARD DAVISONClutha Mayor Bryan Cadogan is encouraging the district’s neighbours to become just a little bit nosier. "South Otago people are well-known for their community spirit and mucking in together during times of crisis, and now that’s needed more than ever. "Clutha Cooee is about making safe contact with your neighbours while that’s still possible, exchanging phone numbers, and setting up some basic steps for action as required." "Today I’ll be contacting neighbours over the fence with a ‘cooee’, checking in with them that they’re OK and, particularly if they’re vulnerable or self-isolating, whether they need anything like groceries, essential medicines or other supplies.
As the New Zealand and Australia Governments ramp up the alert levels and wipe out sport in the process, the NRL was finally shut down last night. New Zealand Rugby also said all rugby would be suspended for the next four weeks. NZR, Super Rugby clubs and the New Zealand Rugby Players Association had been working on ways to progress a revised Super Rugby competition but those plans are now on hold. Rugby Australia also postponed its proposed competition involving Super Rugby teams yesterday after its country imposed tough restrictions around travelling while Japan cancelled the remaining 42 games left in the Top League. The ANZ Premiership had been postponed for two rounds but will be on the backburner for four weeks like every other sport.
Cardrona Distillery ambassador Sam Bickley pours free alcohol hand sanitiser into a container for Polly and Devon Miller, of Makarora. PHOTO: KERRIE WATERWORTHSupermarkets and pharmacies may be sold out but for those prepared to drive to Cardrona yesterday there was the offer of free hand sanitiser made with top quality alcohol. Cardrona Distillery founder Desiree Whitaker said the distillery had had to stop commercial production of its whisky because of the Covid-19 outbreak and decided to give away the pure spirit from its gin and vodka stills for use as hand sanitiser. On Saturday, the distillery posted a notice on its Facebook page offering the free hand sanitiser and asking those interested to bring an empty spray container. Ms Whitaker said the hand sanitiser was expensive to make, which was partly why the distillery was giving it away, "and we also know the community needs it".
When family came for a visit from overseas, the chance arose to show a couple of mokopuna around their ancestral city. Being thrown together in a fairly small house provides the same occasion of bonding that travel can offer. Dunedin provides a great base for family reunions. Any city that aspires to become a great city to visit must first become a great city to live in, and Dunedin performs well on both measures. The drinking fountain at the top provides a small reward to those who reach the summit.
Essential services and urgent care will still be provided by the public health system, SDHB chief executive Chris Fleming said. However, the SDHB had cancelled all outpatient services and elective surgery across the district. The private sector was also cancelling elective operations, with Dunedin’s Mercy Hospital admitting its final patients today and planning to have discharged all patients by Thursday. Southland Hospital has 6 ICU beds and can comfortably sustain two ventilated patients short-term. Lakes District Hospital does not have ICU beds, and sends patients on immediately after giving them urgent treatment.
PM Jacinda Ardern told the public to ‘support others’ after she announced the Covid-19 alert level will raise to level four in 48 hours. Two Kāpiti Coast retirement village residents who recently returned from an Australia holiday are in hospital after testing positive for Covid-19. The Kāpiti couple became unwell during four days of self-isolation at their apartment at Raumati's Coastal Villas. STUFF Two residents of a Kāpiti retirement village have tested positive for coronavirus after returning from a holiday in Australia. JOHN NICHOLSON/STUFF Two residents at a Kāpiti Coast retirement village has tested positive for coronavirus.
March 23, 2020 10:18 UTC
The New Zealand Blood service is urging healthy donors to keep donating blood as the country goes into lockdown over coronavirus. Blood donation is "absolutely necessary" for New Zealand's health service, Chief Medical Officer New Zealand Blood Service Dr Sarah Morley said. READ MORE:* Coronavirus: Blood donors cancel appointments over virus fears* Coronavirus: What are essential services? MURRAY WILSON/STUFF The New Zealand Blood Service has told donors it is safe to go to the clinics to donate blood. New Zealand Blood Service Communications Manager Asuka Burge previously told Stuff a drop off in blood might see the number of elective surgeries cut to reduce blood demand.
March 23, 2020 09:22 UTC
There's only one road on the largest of the Marshall Islands - and no way out. RNZ/SUPPLIED New Zealander Laura Freeman has chosen to stay in the Marshall Islands, which is so far free of Covid-19. It was surreal to watch the global pandemic unfold from the safety of the islands, Freeman said. There's really bad influenza here, there was rotavirus last year - so there's already lots of things they've been slammed with and had to deal with. A small isolation facility was being built at the College of the Marshall Islands campus, but Freeman said she did not think the Marshall Islands would ever be fully prepared if the virus hit.
March 23, 2020 08:26 UTC
There are a lot of questions from New Zealanders as the government plans for the country to go into level four Covid-19 alert - full lockdown. As the country prepares to go into lockdown in the next 48 hours, RNZ endeavours to answer questions around essential services, self-isolation, travel and what the rest of the week might start to look like. Taxi drivers and rideshare services are considered essential services so they will continue. Any breach of these rules will mean we have to stay in lockdown for longer and our chance to beat the virus will be lost. At level 4 only essential services may continue, so this person will be required to stay at home.
March 23, 2020 08:15 UTC
Ashburton graphic designer Murray Thompson will spend the next two weeks in self-isolation after travelling to Melbourne for the abandoned Grand Prix motor racing event. Murray, a big motor racing fan, had been looking forward to the trip. He was among hundreds of thousands of motor racing fans that had headed to Melbourne for the opening event of the Grand Prix. "It means taking simple, commonsense steps to avoid close contact with other people as much as possible. "You can live with others during your 14 days, but you need to avoid close contact with them."
March 23, 2020 08:03 UTC