Live Covid-19 updates: Super Saturday Vaxathon kicks off – 16 October

The government’s big push to boost Covid-19 vaccination rates gets into full swing today with Super Saturday. Vaccine clinics will be open across the country as health workers target a 90 percent vaccination milestone. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield will go around the Wellington region, as they join the … Read more

Step Up, Urges WHO As Figures Reveal 1 In 4 Adults Don’t Exercise Enough

Saturday, 16 October 2021, 7:33 amPress Release: UN News Up to five million premature deaths a year could be prevented if the global population was more active, but many people live in areas with little or no access to spaces where they can safely walk, run, cycle or engage in other physical activities. Where opportunities … Read more

Vaccination wisdom from three brilliant whaea

In celebration of Super Saturday, three much-admired whaea from Northland and Waikato share their words of wisdom and encouragement on the Covid-19 vaccine. “This is a māuiui that can’t be taken for granted,” says whaea Ngāpare Hopa (Waikato-Tainui). Whaea Ngāpare is a professor, Tūrangawaewae Marae ruruhi, and also the first Māori woman to gain a … Read more

Guest Post: TERFs, Transphobes, and “Haters”: How Labour and Green MPs are attacking democracy | Kiwiblog

A guest post by Kara Isaac: When I started writing this, it didn’t have my name on it. Why? To protect my career, to protect my family, to try and protect myself from the online harassment, bullying, smears, and lies currently being spread by supporters of sex self-ID in New Zealand. Specifically, some Green and … Read more

Leah Panapa is running the show now

She’s been in the media for more than three decades, but only recently scored her dream gig. Now Leah Panapa tells Sam Brooks how she is making Magic Mornings her own.  “It was the hardest day of my 35 years,” Leah Panapa says over the phone. Just over a month ago, Panapa was announced as … Read more

‘It’s about freedom’: Kiwis urged to get vaccinated to get NZ back to normality

No events mean no income. That is the bleak reality of Praveen Nautiyal’s courageous step into self-employment after Covid-19 took a shredder to his business plan. But back in August, Nautiyal was optimistic. While working as a professional chef, he had built a successful sideline business with his food trailer ‘Feed the Need’. After last … Read more

Canterbury game a yardstick for Whalers

If tomorrow goes well the buffer the Otago Whalers have earned will be irrelevant. If it does not, at least it is there to fall back on. The Whalers have to stay within 61 points of the Canterbury Bulls in Christchurch today to secure a playoff spot in the national rugby league competition. They enter … Read more

Duncan ready for Spanish sojourn

Nothing much changes for Courtney Duncan despite heading into the unknown this weekend. The two-time women’s motocross world champion will look to extend her lead in the Women’s Motocross Champion ship series in Spain. ‘‘Spain is a new track on the calendar for us, so no-one has been there which is always exciting. ‘‘Obviously, I … Read more