COVID-19 mental health support begins

A range of support is being rolled out across New Zealand to help people look after their mental health during COVID-19. “COVID-19 has brought... Read More

Health Minister offers resignation over breach

Health Minister David Clark has offered his resignation following a breach of the Alert Level 4 lockdown. On the first weekend of the Alert Level 4... Read More

Politicians in lockdown: Fletcher Tabuteau

In the second of a series of more lighthearted interviews, Rotorua Now reporter Matthew Martin asks New Zealand First deputy leader and list MP based... Read More

Govt’s COVID plan, economic strength recognised

The Government’s plan to cushion the blow of COVID-19 by supporting incomes, jobs and businesses, and position the economy to recover has been... Read More

Govt gives COVID-19 funding for GPs and pharmacies

The Government is delivering on its commitment to support general practice doctors and nurses, and pharmacies on the front-line of the fight against... Read More

Butchers now allowed to process pork

Changes have been made to allow butchers to process pork, only for supply to supermarkets or other processors or retailers that are open. “We... Read More

MPs in lockdown - Tamati Coffey

Living in lockdown is a challenge for everyone, even our local politicians. In the first of a series of more lighthearted interviews, Rotorua Now reporter... Read More

Bridges: “Minimum wage increase must be deferred”

Opposition leader and Tauranga MP Simon Bridges is calling on the Government to defer the minimum wage increase set to come in to force tomorrow. “With... Read More

Further steps to protect New Zealanders’ jobs

The Government has made modifications to the wage subsidy scheme to ensure people don’t lose their jobs during the national lockdown. These changes... Read More

MPs restrict travel, video-conferencing to be used

Cabinet ministers will put into practice 'physical distancing' in their meeting this morning as they grapple to get a hold of the COVID-19 crisis,... Read More

$100 million to redeploy workers

The Government has allocated $100 million to help redeploy workers affected by the economic impact of COVID-19, with the hard-hit region of Gisborne-Tairāwhiti... Read More

Coronavirus wrap: What happened on March 19

With the closure of international borders, New Zealanders are being told to prepare but not to panic, after confirmation of eight new cases of the Covid-19... Read More

Govt to invest $54b in transport over 10 years

A total of $54 billion is going to be invested in transport in New Zealand over 10 years. No petrol excise or road user charge increases are also being... Read More

PGF supports Rotorua health and wellbeing services

The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $17 million in Rotorua's tourism, health and wellbeing capabilities. “This PGF support comes... Read More

Latest COVID-19 developments in NZ

As the COVID-19 crisis worsens with 20 confirmed cases, the government is set to announce more restrictions on mass gatherings shortly. This week, when... Read More