Mal’s Music Memory – Just Good Songs To Finish March


Hiya team

Wow, what a week , what a month. Things ain’t good at all with all this Covid-19 business.

We just hope that you’re not caught up in it.

Anyway let’s cap off March with a couple of crackers that are playing on TV ads at the moment.

Let’s leave it at that.

But we’ll be back in April with April Live….some of the best acts and best tunes all done in front of an audience.

Although Little Fire Music Works is closed, Hayden, Toni and Lennon are still around so give them a call or check their facebook page.

Neighbourhood Support Concerned About Possible Risks

It’s great to help your neighbours but care should be taken.

Neighbourhood Support is worried some well-meaning New Zealanders are putting themselves at risk and others in danger without realising it during the lockdown.

Chief Executive Tess Casey says there is a huge amount of misinformation circulating in communities about what people can and can’t do to help, without spreading Covid-19.

She says it’s about helping in a safe way. “Even helping your neighbours still needs to be done without compromising your bubble, so make sure you keep two-metre distancing and follow other precautions such as hand-washing.”

Neighbourhood Support is concerned to see online groups setting up on social media that are not aware that some of what they are advocating is risky.

“Under normal circumstances, a letterbox drop to neighbours would be fine, but we’ve learned that this could risk spreading the virus because it can live for up to 24 hours on paper.”

Similarly, people are sharing surplus fruit, or household items but without considering the need for other precautions such as the need for gloves to be used, or for the item to be cleaned or quarantined before use or consumption.

Neighbourhood Support is also really worried about the number of electronic forms being distributed via social media where people in a street or neighbourhood are being encouraged to provide their names, ages, phone numbers and other personal information.

Casey says although it’s important to be able to contact immediate neighbours, making personal details available to a wider group can be risky and there are privacy issues.

She says it is wonderful that New Zealanders are so keen to help each other, and with the lock-down, people have more time than usual to help. But it needs to be done in a safe way.
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Fifteen Covid-19 Cases In Southland, Second Queenstown Nurse Tests Positive

There are 15 new confirmed Southern DHB COVID-19 cases.  This is made up of 9 new reported cases on 30 March, and 6 new reported cases on 31 March.

The total number of Southern cases is now 98. This includes 97 confirmed cases and one probable case.

This means Southern DHB has the highest number of cases in the country.

Image: Southern DHB

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There is also a new COVID-19 cluster related to a wedding in Bluff.
These figures include confirmed and probable cases.
All clusters are being investigated by public health officials.

Significant clusters in NZ – as at 9am 31 March 2020
Clusters under investigation Location Total to date New in last 24 hours
World Hereford Conference Queenstown 24 5
Bluff wedding Bluff 8 3

A cluster is where there are a group of COVID-19 cases who are linked together because they have been in the same place together.

There are some clusters of cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand. Most of these clusters have a link to someone or several people who have travelled overseas recently.

We know transmission can happen more quickly where people gather together. This is why it’s important for everyone to practice physical distancing.

Public health staff quickly follow up confirmed cases as soon as they are identified. They also work to contain clusters and prevent the disease from spreading any further.

Thirty-eight more staff at Lakes District Hospital are being tested for COVID-19, following a second nurse testing positive for the disease.

The nurse was one of 36 staff who were tested yesterday, and one of 15 ‘close contacts’ of the nurse whose positive test result was confirmed yesterday. All close contacts are required to remain in self-isolation, while the 21 casual contacts who were tested yesterday are now able to return to work.

The additional tests mean all 74 staff who have worked at the facility over the past 14 days will be tested, as the Medical Officer of Health seeks to understand how the nurses became infected and rule out community transmission from within the workforce.

Any of these staff deemed to be close contacts of the second case are being asked to self-isolate for 14 days, effective immediately.

During the testing process, the Hospital will continue to operate its emergency department, and its maternity unit, which has now been relocated to another building on the site.

Patients requiring hospital admission will be transferred to another facility in the district. Yesterday, the only two patients in Lakes Hospital were discharged home following the decision to undertake extensive cleaning of the hospital.

The second nurse only had very mild symptoms, and attended work for one shift while infectious. All close contacts, including four patients, are being followed up and asked to self-isolate.

Our thoughts remain with the staff members involved, and those in our care who have been affected by this situation.

We are continuing to support both nurses and their wider teams at this stressful time. Again, we thank everyone for their support of all our staff, and continue to ask that their privacy is respected as we work together to address the impact of COVID-19 in our community.

Watch: Covid-19: PM Jacinda Ardern Gives Government update

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is giving the latest post-Cabinet media briefing as the government continues to respond to Covid-19.
The Ministry of Health says there are now 14 significant clusters of Covid-19 in New Zealand, 9 more than yesterday.

The new clusters include an Air Force rugby team visit to the US and a wedding in Bluff.

Watch the media conference, due to start at 3pm, here:

Southland Activates Emergency Contacts For Covid-19

Emergency Management Southland has activated free telephone and online contacts to ensure Southlanders get the support they need during the Covid-19 lockdown.

The Southland Emergency Coordination Centre has been preparing for increased welfare needs and, as of 7am, activated its emergency contacts.

Group Controller Angus McKay said people should get in contact if they urgently needed assistance with access to essential household goods and services during the lockdown.

People could contact the centre by the following means:

Phone: 0800 890 127
Email: [email protected]
The email and 0800 number would be operated between 7am and 7pm, seven days a week, McKay said.

People needed to heed the call to isolate and Emergency Management Southland (EMS) would provide assistance where needed.

If you have symptoms of the coronavirus, call the NZ Covid-19 Healthline on 0800 358 5453 (+64 9 358 5453 for international SIMs) or call your GP – don’t show up at a medical centre
“This will save lives. You must stay home,” McKay said.

They were was developing a plan for the delivery of household good and services around the region, he said.

EMS welfare staff had been been checking in with communities around the region to get a handle on peoples’ needs, and identifying any gaps.

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“We’re hearing that local networks are doing a great job giving each other support needed, but it’s paramount that no-one’s needs are overlooked during this hugely challenging time,” McKay said.

A lot of planning had gone into getting the centre operational, with strict protocols around physical distancing, and efforts to have staff work remotely where possible, he said.

Government COVID-19 National Response, 31st March

The State of National Emergency has been extended for another seven days.

It was put in place last week as New Zealand prepared to go into a level 4 alert and can be extended as many times as necessary.

Civil Defence Minister Peeni Henare says extending it ensures the government has all the powers needed to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

The National Emergency Management Agency supports Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) Groups in their planning and operations.

Each week, Director of Civil Defence Emergency Management Sarah Stuart-Black will provide the minister with advice on whether the State of National Emergency should be extended again.

The All of Government COVID-19 National Response will provide an update at 1.30 pm today.


  • Sarah Stuart-Black, Director of Civil Defence Emergency Management – update on Covid-19 national response, civil defence initiatives
  • Dr Ashley Bloomfield, Director-General of Health – health update.

New Zealand’s Aluminium Smelter To Shut Down Line 4 Due To COVID-19

To support the health and safety of our employees at NZAS and in accordance with government directives in relation to containing the spread of Covid-19 we have implemented a number of new controls.

We have worked very hard to segregate our teams and develop processes where people do not come into contact with each other during shift changes. Employees with underlying health issues are self-isolating and our non- operational employees are working from home, NZAS chief executive and general manager Stewart Hamilton said.

Given these measures and the current climate, we also need to stabilise our operation by reducing load. To do this, we will engage with Meridian to reduce the 50MW of electricity that supports Line 4.

The work to deliver this will take place this week where we will release the Line 4 team of 35 people to support production on the other three full lines.
Given the worldwide outbreak of COVID-19 and the four-week lockdown in New Zealand, our focus is on supporting our employees in a time of uncertainty and running a safe and efficient operation to meet our obligations with customers and suppliers who are also challenged at this time.

Covid-19: Warehouse and Noel Leeming Reopen Online Stores

Warehouse is re-starting some of its operations to supply appliances and other items now classified as essential goods.

The retailer says it will reactivate 16 Warehouse and Noel Leeming stores as well as two national distribution centres to supply a limited range of products and services.

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The move follows the decision to allow the supply of appliances, heaters, IT equipment and other goods seen as necessities during the lockdown.

The company says no stores will be open to the public, who will have to order goods through websites and call centres.

Deliveries will be contactless.

The Warehouse fell foul of shopping restrictions last week when it declared itself an essential service because of its range of goods, before it was ordered by authorities to remain shut.

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Watch: Live Meetings of the Epidemic Response Committee of the New Zealand Parliament

Live meetings of the Epidemic Response Committee of the New Zealand Parliament.

The Epidemic Response Committee was established on 25 March 2020 to consider and report to the House on matters relating to the Government’s management of the COVID-19 epidemic.

Learn more about this committee and browse committee documents:

Epidemic Response Committee | NZ Parliament from New Zealand Parliament on Vimeo.

Air New Zealand To Start Cutting Staff Due To Covid-19

Air New Zealand will start laying off workers this week and says Covid-19 has slashed its revenue by more than $5 billion.

In a message to staff, chief executive Greg Foran said international travel made up two-thirds of the company’s revenue and that was gone now for the foreseeable future.

The airline is now expecting to earn less than $500m year. Before Covid-19, Air New Zealand had annual revenue of around $5.8 billion and a profit of $374m.

See all What’s On Invers coverage of Covid-19

Foran said the only way the financial situation would improve was if New Zealanders embrace domestic travel after the lockdown was over.

Neither the government’s $900 million loan nor the wage subsidy scheme was enough to stave off cutting almost 13,000 jobs by at least a third, he said

Foran was predicting it would take years for the airline to get back to its former size.

“It is clear that the Air New Zealand which emerges from Covid-19 will be a much smaller and largely domestic airline with limited international services to keep supply lines open for the foreseeable future,” Foran said.

“The reality is that given we are expecting to be at least 30 percent smaller than we are today we will need to reduce the size of the workforce by up to 3500 roles.”

Foran said Air New Zealand has already begun talks with its unions as well as staff about the possibility of taking voluntary redundancies. He said some staff have offered to take leave without pay, reduce their hours or explore voluntary redundancy.

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