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On October the 16th, there will be a national event called Super Saturday. It is like a kind of festival to get more people vaccinated against Covid-19. People are asked to go to a pop-up clinic to get vaccinated. People who have only had their first shot are asked to get a second shot, if it was at least three weeks ago. Friends and family are ask…
 
The Minister of Immigration, Kris Faafoi, has announced the 2021 Resident Visa. It is a one-off residence visa that is easier and faster to apply for. It will help the 165,000 migrants currently living in New Zealand on temporary work visas. Migrant families have been in a difficult situation during the Covid-19 crisis. Some of them were not allowe…
 
Recently, New Zealand has been in lockdown because the Delta variant of Covid-19 was found in Auckland. Lockdowns are expensive and damaging to the economy, so we are feeling some urgency to get everybody vaccinated. Critics of the government have complained that the rollout of the vaccine has been too slow, but other critics are afraid of the vacc…
 
A local company in New Zealand, The Covid-19 Vaccine Corporation (CVC), is working to develop a different kind of vaccine against Covid-19. There are two things that make CVC’s planned vaccine different from other vaccines. The first point of difference relates to how the vaccine is produced. It uses biobead technology. Biobeads are produced by bac…
 
New Zealand and Australia have a very close relationship in many ways. New Zealanders can travel to Australia on a New Zealand passport. We don’t need a visa. Similarly, Australians can live and work here on an Australian passport. However, more than 600,000 New Zealanders live in Australia whereas the number of Australians in New Zealand is closer…
 
The Paralympic Games opened in Tokyo, Japan just days after the Olympic Games. These games are similar to the Olympics but are for athletes who have a disability which means that they cannot compete fairly with athletes who compete in the Olympic Games. Most of the events are similar to the events in the Olympics; however, there are some different …
 
New Zealand swimmer Sophie Pascoe has won yet another gold medal at a Tokyo Paralympics swimming event. Pascoe fainted and vomited after winning the SM9 200m individual medley. SM9 is a category in the Paralympics in which swimmers have severe weakness in one leg. An individual medley is a race in which each swimmer must use four different strokes …
 
Suhayra Aden was born in New Zealand but she moved with her family to Australia when she was 6 years old and her family became dual New Zealand and Australian citizens. When she decided to join ISIL in Syria in 2014, she travelled on an Australian passport. Then Australia cancelled her citizenship so she cannot return to Australia. Since 2014, she …
 
New Zealand athlete Hayden Wilde, aged 23, won a Bronze Medal for third place in the Men’s Triathlon. The triathlon consists of 3 events (tri means 3): a 1500m swim, a 40 km bike ride and 10km run with no rest in between. Wilde’s time was one hour, 45 minutes and 24 seconds (1.45.24). He was just 20 seconds behind the winner, a man from Norway. The…
 
New Zealand has 213 athletes competing in a wide range of summer sports at this year’s Tokyo Olympics. For the first time, we have a karate athlete chosen for the Olympics. She is Andrea Anacan, aged 30. Andrea was born in the Philippines but immigrated to New Zealand with her family when she was 12. She began learning karate when she was only 4 ye…
 
The government’s child welfare organisation, Oranga Tamariki, is in trouble once again. Some time ago, there was a scandal because social workers were taking new-born babies from young mothers against their will. Now there is another scandal because workers have been using excessive force to control children and teenagers staying in hostels called …
 
New Zealand will have a new public holiday in 2022. This will celebrate Matariki, and in 2022 it will be celebrated around June 24th. Type Matariki in the search box of this website to find information about what it means to Maori people. While most workers will be happy to have another public holiday, business owners are not so happy because of th…
 
Wellington City recently had a Covid-19 scare when a tourist from Australia came down sick immediately after visiting the city for a weekend. The tourist came to Wellington on Friday night, the 18th of June, and met with friends from Tauranga and Wellington. Because it was raining, they visited several indoor venues, including Te Papa, New Zealand’…
 
Negotiations between the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO), and district health boards (DHBs) have stalled after nurses voted to reject the latest pay offer yesterday. The New Zealand Nurses Organisation is the union that represents nurses. The DHBs are the organisations that run hospitals. The strike will go from 11am until 7pm Wednesday the …
 
Auckland is facing a shortage of water again. The water level in the storage lakes is usually at 77% at this time of year but now, despite recent rain, it’s still only at 50%. Residents are asked to limit their use of water by about 15% – that’s 20 litres of water a day. Take shorter showers, wash your car using a bucket of water and don’t water yo…
 
The government has announced a pay freeze for public service workers who earn $60,000 or more a year. Public service workers are people who are paid by the government. They are teachers, nurses hospital doctors, police, army, and staff who work in parliament. The three-year pay freeze will mean anyone earning over $100,000 will not have a pay incre…
 
Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth, died at Windsor Castle on April 9th aged 99. The couple had been married 73 years. His funeral will take place at St Georges chapel in Windsor this weekend, with only 30 people invited to attend the ceremony. The small number is partly because of Covid-19. Prince Philip was 26 years old and Princess Elizab…
 
New Zealanders will soon be able to travel to Australia and return without going through quarantine here. The Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, announced the travel bubble will start on April 19th. At the moment, travellers would need a negative Covid-19 test before leaving. This announcement was good news for many businesses in New Zealand and for f…
 
Multimedia art exhibition, Van Gogh Alive, has recently finished showing in Christchurch and will soon be showing at the Spark Arena in Auckland. It is an exhibition that teaches people about the art of Vincent Van Gogh using large, projected screens that include animation of the art. The exhibition includes classical music and wafted perfume. Visi…
 
The government has ordered 8.5m doses of the Pfizer vaccine which will arrive in the second half of the year. It will be free and available for all those over the age of 16. In the meantime, the Ministry of Health is vaccinating all those who are at greater risk of getting Covid-19. They include border workers and their families. People who work at…
 
Earthquakes off the coast of Te Araroa on the East Cape of the North Island and another near the Kermadec Islands brought warnings of a tsunami last week. Residents near Te Araroa were woken with a loud siren to move to the hills. About an hour later residents of parts of Northland received a similar warning to move to higher ground. The East Cape …
 
Whakatane is a small town of about 38,000 people, in the Bay of Plenty. It has a paper mill which uses logs to make paper and cardboard. The mill opened in 1939 and at that time mostly made paper including newsprint. Now it makes packaging, especially food packages made from clean cardboard, to replace the use of plastic. The mill employs 210 peopl…
 
Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi is telling businesses who need migrant workers to change the way they do business. He says that even when New Zealand is able to open its borders, it will not be so easy to bring workers in from overseas, and that the number of migrants will be a lot less than before. He says that the government has spent money on t…
 
Auckland’s Lantern Festival is a traditional Chinese festival that is extremely popular. For many years, the festival has been held next to Auckland Hospital in a park called the Auckland Domain. The festival, lasting several days, regularly attracted over a hundred thousand visitors. This caused traffic problems for the hospital. So this year, org…
 
Over recent years, consumer goods have been very cheap because of free trade and the low cost of shipping. However, the global pandemic has resulted in a shortage of shipping containers caused by increased online shopping and delays in unloading ships in the ports. The shortage of shipping containers has caused an increase in the price of transport…
 
In the last few months, New Zealand house prices have gone up significantly. This was a trend before Covid-19, but they were expected to come down. The government made a new law stopping foreign speculation on New Zealand Houses, and this was not enough to stop house prices rising. Economists thought the Covid-19 recession would cause house prices …
 
In the South Island, we have a lot of peaches, nectarines, apricots and cherries growing in orchards in the summer. In the Hawkes Bay, a lot of apples need to be picked in the summer. Berries and kiwifruit are grown in the Bay of Plenty. The berries are picked in the summer, and kiwifruit vines need maintenance. Grapes are grown over the summer in …
 
The election has finished, and the result is that the Labour Party has a majority government. This is unusual in New Zealand because we usually have a coalition government. Even though Labour does have a clear majority, they may still form a coalition with other parties who they have a good relationship with; the Green Party and the Maori Party. Th…
 
There are several different political parties that you can vote for in the election. Before you vote, you will need to learn about the policies and reputations of the politicans who want your votes. You will also need to learn about the two referendums. There are several good websites that have information about the candidates.Television New Zealan…
 
After you enrol to vote, the Electoral Commission will send you an EasyVote Card. You can take this card in to the voting place. If you don’t bring a card, that’s okay, you will just have to wait while the workers check your name and address. To find a voting place near you, go here. Most voting places will be open from the third of October until t…
 
This year, voting places will be open from the third of October. This gives everybody two weeks to vote. This is so that people don’t have to queue up on election day. If you cannot get to a voting place, you can call 0800 36 76 56 to learn about other ways to vote. You could vote by post, or by telephone. People who live overseas can download thei…
 
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