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Published 23.06.2020 17:49
In New Zealand, a law firm owner $1000 gave each of her 14 employees $1000 to spend.
Dunedin lawyer Jenny Beck has surprised her staff with the handout. There was one caveat coming with the handout. The money had to be spent on accommodation, food at local restaurants and cafes, and at tourist attractions during a holiday over a long weekend. The lawyer was inspired by the…
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Published 15.06.2020 07:32
In New Zealand, a chat-bot sharing Covid-19 information will include Pacific languages.
This free Facebook Messenger chat-bot named Ᾱmio was created by three New Zealand doctors, Sanjeev Krishna, Canaan Aumua and Cole Rudolph. It was launched in February for residents in New Zealand and Australia. It is currently in English and Mandarin and they plan to translate it to Samoan, Tongan and…
Published 01.06.2020 18:10
In New Zealand, the Ministry of Health released a Tracer app to monitor people’s movements through a ‘digital diary’.
QR codes will be displayed at the entrance of business and public buildings. Users who download the app will provide a digital diary of the location they have visited  by scanning that QR codes. They must also provide their personal details to allow the National Close Contact Service to get…
Published 28.05.2020 15:16
New Zealand has announced it no longer has any patients in hospital being treated for coronavirus.
It comes on the sixth day in a row where no new cases have been officially reported. Just over 1,500 cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in New Zealand in recent months, with 21 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University data. As health officials say, however, a second wave…
Published 27.04.2020 11:12
In New Zealand, Prime Minister announced that her salary will be cut by 20 percent.
This is to show solidarity with the population affected by the pandemic. The reduction will also affect her fellow ministers and top executives within the public service and it will be implemented for six months. PM Jacinda Arden currently earns $NZ470,000 per year (about €258,800).
Published 27.04.2020 08:15
In New Zealand, volunteers are purchasing and distributing food parcels using a micro-grants scheme from the government.
In March, the Government announced $27 million for essential social services andup to $4.8 million for community grants “to support innovative, community-led solutions that support local resilience,” its website explains. They are up to $5,000 micro grants, which group of people are using to help their neighbours.
Published 26.04.2020 13:37
In New Zealand, the government is responding to the pandemic with an elimination strategy.
Unlike the “mitigation strategy”, used in European countries or the US, where a series of measures are implemented gradually to ‘flatten the curve’, the “suppression strategy” tries to end transmission of the virus until there are very few cases. This is a measure that can last for months, until there…
Published 26.04.2020 12:22
In New Zealand, Hamilton City Council announced a 12-point recovery plan for the city.
It includes both short-term and long-term concerns, such as a job creation programme, rent relief, early payments to suppliers. In phase one, the city is investing $3.4 million into short-term economic and social assistance. Phase two will involve the government and city businesses response centre.

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