Travelling back in time: the South Island to ourselves

Mosgiel - New Zealand welcomed nearly four million tourists last year, then covid arrived. We have seen very few tourists this year, but as far as driving goes, this story gets better and better.  Here goes: We leave Christchurch in a covid two window – with no tourists on the road, no Australians

Proposed commercial rent laws not passed: no help for tenants    

Christchurch - New government proposed rent laws have not been passed as law so there has been no help for commercial tenants since they were hit by the covid pandemic, ExerciseNZ chief executive Richard Beddie says. Some gyms and fitness facilities across New Zealand have faced going under during covid, in part

Huge importance now of eMental health solutions in the pandemic

Auckland - Even before the covid-19 pandemic, the increasing issues related to mental health and addiction being experienced by so many people living in New Zealand was cause for major concern, NZ Health IT (NZHIT) chief executive Scott Arrol says. This was recognised by the government when, in the first wellbeing budget

Frontline medical staff being provided unsafe PPE

Auckland - The Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists has taken the unprecedented step of writing to federal, Victorian and NSW health ministers, raising serious concerns that essential covid protecting N95 mask fit testing has not been carried out at all hospitals in Australia. The college is very concerned about this,

Tech sector helps government embrace digital future

Auckland - As New Zealanders step back to alert level Lockdowns, the tech sector is significantly supporting the government on its journey to embrace an enhanced digital future, NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller says. New Zealand has in recent years been ranked one of the top digital economies in the world by

Is the aim to eliminate covid folly?

By Sir Ray Avery Auckland - Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has pledged that New Zealand will be the first country in the world to eliminate the covid -19 virus. The PM is not alone in this quest. More than 60 University of Auckland health academics have confirmed their desire to eliminate covid-19. Jacinda

Water, water everywhere but not a drop to spare

 Auckland - Auckland’s water shortage has been exacerbated by a lack of investment in technology, NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller says. Auckland’s drought and subsequent water restrictions is the most severe the country has seen in nearly 30 years. Water sustainability is top of mind for much of New Zealand, Muller says. “Without

Covid airborne transmission is being underestimated, expert warns

Auckland - Director-general of health Dr Ashley Bloomfield says covid-19 community transmission is now inevitable and Kiwi families should start stocking up on their own personal supplies of masks. Pharmaceutical scientist and medical device expert Sir Ray Avery says Bloomfield is 100 percent correct but it is important that people buy the