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February 28, 2021 11 min
ACT Party leader David Seymour has attacked the government's Covid-19 response.
Auckland moved to Alert Level Three this morning, while the rest of the country moved to Level Two. 
It comes after a new case - a 21-year-old man in South Auckland - was announced last night. He was meant to be self-isolation but had gone to tertiary and the gym while infectious. 
Seymour says the government has been too easy on people who flout rules...
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It's essential for the whole of Auckland to go to alert level 3 according to one epidemiologist.
Auckland went to level 3 this morning, while the rest of the country went to level 2.
Otago University epidemiologist Micheal Baker told The Weekend Collective it's important to prevent the spread of the virus no matter where in the country you are.
He says that while it wasn't impossible to have small scale borders within Auck...
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A law expert has condemned Australia's revoking of the passport of a woman accused of being a terrorist.
Suhayra Aden was born in New Zealand and moved to Australia when she was six.
She was arrested at the Turkish border alongside her two children and was accused of being affiliated with Islamic State.
International Law expert Al Gillespie told The Weekend Collective that Australia revoking her passport is not on.
"The difficu...
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National is calling for the Government to move Covid-19 quarantine and managed isolation facilities away from central Auckland as a way to safeguard New Zealand largest city from future lockdowns.
Chris Bishop, the party's spokesman for Covid-19 response, says this could be in the form of a purpose-built facility on the outskirts of Auckland.
There are currently 5583 people in managed isolation facilities and 76 in quarantine, ma...
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For 13 years, lawyer Megyn Kelly was one of Fox News' most prominent hosts, including hosting the primetime news show The Kelly File for just over three years.
She left in early-2017 after tense moments for Donald Trump on the election campaign pushed her further into the global spotlight.
After speaking out on sexual harassment at Fox and a tenure with NBC, Kelly now hosts her own podcast - The Megyn Kelly Show
In a wide-ranging ...
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New data suggests that it may be seven years before the world is normal again after Covid.
The research from Bloomberg says that because of unexpected disruptions the timeline is hard to pin down exactly.
Another factor to consider is that different countries will take different amounts of time to gain herd immunity.
The US, for example, is predicted to have herd immunity just in time for the New Year 2022.
Israel meanwhile is expected...
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The Government's handling of managed isolation and visa processes has been described as "inconsistent".
A last-minute flip by managed isolation officials has given hope too the family of a New Zealand man stuck in Japan with brain cancer.
46-year-old Trev Ponting had his application for emergency spots in MIQ turned down on Friday.
But after media interest in his case, his family found out last night that the decision has ...
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Contradicting his secretary of state and other top officials, President Donald Trump on Saturday suggested without evidence that China — not Russia — may be behind the cyber espionage operation against the United States and tried to minimize its impact.
In his first comments on the breach, Trump scoffed at the focus on the Kremlin and downplayed the intrusions, which the nation's cybersecurity agency has warned posed a "grav...
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The Government has been criticised for leaving two major announcements to the week before Christmas. 
On Thursday, the Government announced it is buying the land at Ihumātao from Fletchers for $30 million under a deal that will see it used for some housing – and could eventually see it passed into the ownership of tangata whenua.
Then on Friday, a prepared by the COVID-19 Surveillance and Testing Strategy advisory group, co-chaired b...
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The hopes of millions of Britons that Covid-19 restrictions would be eased over Christmas were dashed on Saturday, after scientists warned a new strain of the virus is spreading more quickly than others.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a series of stricter coronavirus restrictions, tightening rules around household mixing that were due to be relaxed over Christmas in England, while leaders in Scotland and Wales also introd...
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 US Covid-19 hospitalizations hit a record high for the seventh day in a row Saturday with 108,487 patients in hospitals around the country, according to the Covid Tracking Project.
And the number of Covid-19 cases reported in the United States reached more than 16 million after the country added 1 million cases in just four days, according to Johns Hopkins University data.
It took the nation more than eight months to reach 8 million...
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At the same time Speaker Trevor Mallard was being sued for defamation, he changed the rules so other MPs could also have theirs covered by the taxpayer without disclosing it publicly.
National and Act leaders yesterday said they no longer had confidence in the Speaker after he revealed he'd cost the taxpayer more than $330,600 settling a case after incorrectly calling a former Parliamentary staffer a rapist.
It has also now come ...
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The delays on a Cook Islands travel bubble is causing a headache for the country.
Quarantine-free travel between our two countries is hoped to be set up by the end of March next year.
Before the pandemic more than 160-thousand people visited the island each year - most of them Kiwis.
The head of the Cook Islands Chamber of Commerce and Private Sector says the wait is frustrating.
Fletcher Melvin told The Weekend Collective they're ...
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There is concern over growing number of firearms incidents, after a dispute ended in a firearm being discharged at a crowded Auckland night spot.
A gun was fired at Dr Rudi's Rooftop Bar in the Viaduct just before 3 this morning.
Police received reports of an altercation after people who were asked to leave the bar became annoyed.
The group became aggressive, with one person pulling out a gun and firing a shot into the ceiling of ...
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It's a waiting game to see how Iran reacts to the killing of one of that country's leading scientists.
Iran's blamed Israel for the slaying of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, who was gunned down in a car near Tehran on Friday.
His death has raised fears of reignited tensions across the Middle East.
Otago University international relations expert Robert Patman says it plays into the wider relations of the Iran and the US.
He told The We...
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The opening day of Parliament generated a number of headlines, as the Government announced plans for a climate emergency, Jacinda Ardern and Judith Collins clashed on house prices, and Ibrahim Omer delivered a powerful maiden speech. 
However, it was also the first day of the new Māori Party, and their two MPs have walked out of the House in protest during Parliament's Address and Reply debate.
Under the rules, party leaders with...
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Another referendum on cannabis is being called for - but this time it's to decriminalise it, not legalise it.
Wellington Central Young Greens activist Mathew Bouma has recently put out a citizen-initiated referendum asking whether New Zealand should decriminalise the possession of cannabis for personal use.
He told Tim Roxborogh believes many people would feel more comfortable with this, than the full blown legalisation we voted ...
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Act's leader David Seymour is fighting back over plans from Labour to repeal the three strikes law.
Under the 10-year-old law, a person who has three warnings for serious violent, sexual or drugs offending can be sentenced to the maximum jail time without parole.
Not only are they hoping to change the laws, but speaking to TVNZ, Justice Minister Kris Faafoi confirmed that they have sought advice to see if people who are currently...
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President Donald Trump participated in his final Group of 20 summit on Saturday by tweeting throughout the opening session and skipping a special side-conference focused on the coronavirus pandemic.
It was a fitting end to Trump's career in global multilateralism, which he has expressed his displeasure for since his first group summit -- a G7 meeting held cliffside in Sicily -- resulted in the feeling he was being ganged up upon...
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National Party leader Judith Collins hopes her party's leakers are long gone.
Former Prime Minister John Key warned members at the party's Annual General Meeting yesterday, in a speech on what the Party
"Here is my very simple advice to those who like to leak to the media – if you can't quit your leaking, here's a clue: quit the party."
"The public look at it and say 'for goodness sake, if they can'...
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