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Social distancing on bus

Auckland Transport has introduced an upgrade to its app, AT Mobile, which shows how many people are on a bus at any given time. The feature allows people to see if the recommended physical distancing of two metres between passengers will be achievable...... Read More

Ministry does farm check ups

Officers from the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) have been out visiting Mahurangi farms, vineyards and orchards today to check they are complying with Covid-19 requirements. Matakana Estate winemaker Richard Robson said he was surprised and impressed...... Read More

Priority Assistance service

Friday, 27 March: Countdown has launched a new service to prioritise the delivery of groceries to the homes of vulnerable customers, and is also working to increase capacity for online delivery shoppers. Eligible customers can apply for Priority Assistance...... Read More

Trapped tourists isolated in Little Manly

A small group of around five tourists who have so far been unable to return home are in lockdown at Whangaparaoa Lodge in Little Manly. Lodge owner Troy Clarry says hotels are playing their part in the coronavirus crisis, and could end up making rooms...... Read More

Dump application furore

Opponents to the proposed new regional landfill in the Dome Valley are calling on Auckland Council to delay the resource consent process while the country is in lockdown. Council publicly notified Waste Management’s resource consent and zone change...... Read More

Concern for homeless

Social agencies are concerned that there is potential for north Rodney’s most vulnerable to fall through the cracks during the current lockdown, but new measures have begun to take effect. Homebuilders coordinator Quentin Jukes says rough sleepers...... Read More

Free budget advice available

Warkworth Wellsford Budget Service is continuing to offer free budgeting advice during the next four weeks via email and phone. Coordinator Liz Allen says COVID-19 restrictions will put pressure on more people, as work dries up and jobs are lost, but...... Read More

Surf lifesaving leaders say “stay out of the water”

Surf lifesavers were called out to a swimmer in trouble on a remote stretch of the Raglan coast just hours before the country moved to the Level 4 COVID-19 lockdown. In response, lifesaving officials have re-emphasised their advice to kiwis to stay...... Read More

Police keep close eye on crime

Rodney area commander, Inspector Mark Fergus says residents will be noticing an increased Police presence in the community under the Level 4 restrictions. “We are adapting and changing how we police, in response to the situation,” he says. Although...... Read More

Panic buying affects banana stocks

New Zealanders’ favourite fruit, bananas, are in short supply at some Countdown supermarkets. A Countdown spokesperson says that unfortunately, due to unprecedented demand over the last few weeks, as well as a delayed shipment, its stores do...... Read More