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  #2444739 23-Mar-2020 17:41
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We know that mobile networks are under stress and voice calls are failing. This is the response from Spark:

 

 

Following the Prime Minister’s COVID-19 announcement today telecommunications providers experienced call volumes beyond any level of calling ever seen in New Zealand to date. 

 

This is creating significant congestion for voice calling at an industry-wide level. 

 

We are working collaboratively to rectify the issue with urgency. 
 
While broadband has seen increases, these have been within manageable volumes. So in the meantime New Zealanders are encouraged to use internet-based calling options such as Skype or Facetime or text applications like WhatsApp.

 





 

 

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  #2444742 23-Mar-2020 17:43
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mattwnz:

 

You would think they would be restricting th number of people in the store at any one time to allow enough space between shoppers.

 

 

That's what China did, every store has a gate guarded by security, and everyone goes into the store has to wear mask and wait in a queue until someone comes out.

 

Also I think it is easier for China to force people stay home since they all living in different housing estate that has wall/gates that already guarded by estate's own security, no one can get out the estate without going through the main gate. It is enforced only 1 person in a family can leave the estate every X days for sole grocery shopping purpose. But it was blamed heavily by western media for against human rights, so it is going to be interesting how media says later on.


 
 
 
 


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  #2444743 23-Mar-2020 17:44
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In a nutshell from the US embassy: "don't expect any help for us"

Travel Advisory: Health Alert - U.S. Embassy New Zealand - 23 March 2020

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy New Zealand – 23 March 2020

Location: New Zealand

Event: COVID-19 Update: Alert Level Four

On March 23, The New Zealand Ministry of Health confirmed 102 cases of COVID-19 in the country. The New Zealand Ministry of Health has raised the country to Alert Level 3: Restrict and stated it would raise the system to its highest level, Alert Level 4: Eliminate, beginning Wednesday, March 25 for four weeks. The language of the alert, is available on its website.

Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice. Visit the website of New Zealand Immigration for additional information on these new measures.

The Embassy is not able to assist with arranging commercial travel options. Many travelers worldwide have reported unexpected flight cancellations and limited flight availability. If your travel has been disrupted or to make travel arrangements, please contact your airline.


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  #2444748 23-Mar-2020 18:01
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dejadeadnz:

 

So I have been spammed (using that word loosely, as given my previous customer relationships with these people and my choice to opt in, these correspondences are not spam under the relevant legislation) by the following entities clearly stating that they will operate online shopping post March 24:

 

  • Mightyape
  • Playtech
  • Zealong Tea Estate

I won't be buying anything from these people again. The one shining light has been DJI Ferntech, which has clearly stated that they won't operate and ship after tomorrow.

 

 

 

 

I heard on the radio that at level 4, courier delivery people are not allowed to work, and if they are forced to by their employers, they can report them to the police. If that is the case, I guess one can shop online all they can, but deliveries will only be made after things are back to normal.

Well, apparently what I heard on the radio was incorrect. According to official government rule "“Essential services will remain open, such as supermarkets, banks, GPs, pharmacies, service stations, couriers and other important frontline service providers. "

 

https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/new-zealand-moves-covid-19-alert-level-3-then-level-4-48-hours  


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  #2444749 23-Mar-2020 18:03
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I wonder if couriers will ban person to person packages due to the risk factor? Maybe just allow commercial accounts only or something. 


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  #2444751 23-Mar-2020 18:05
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vexxxboy:

 

My wife needs medicine that i have to pick up 3 times a week from the chemist, should be fun .

 

 

 

 

My wife works in a pharmacy and they are looking at doing deliveries... cause they don't really want to see you either :)

 

 


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  #2444753 23-Mar-2020 18:08
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loceff13:

 

I wonder if couriers will ban person to person packages due to the risk factor? Maybe just allow commercial accounts only or something. 

 

 

 

 

If you use pass the parcel or trademes service which links to couriers online, you can just leave the parcel by the front door to collect, and you just arrange the pickup online. But I have noticed for the last few weeks, couriers can take days to pickup goods. When delivering, they can also just drop it off. Potentially couriers shoul dbe able to get around without person to person contact, except maybe when getting food or  some petrol stations, that are not self service.


 
 
 
 


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  #2444754 23-Mar-2020 18:13
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mattwnz:

With local stores closing, I wonder if it will lead to a significant amount of offshore online purchases, while people are in isolation. Postal / courier services could be very busy.

 

 

I also foresee a baby boom later this year. It's not just postal workers who will be busy...

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  #2444755 23-Mar-2020 18:14
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I picked a silly time slot for my new world delivery, between 5-7pm so quite a few items are out of stock e.g. milk as presumably it's all been panic bought.. sigh

 

I think that'll be the last time I use delivery, as their system is not really setup well to handle the increase in demand + strain that's being put on the store itself


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  #2444756 23-Mar-2020 18:14
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spaceknight:

 

I heard on the radio that at level 4, courier delivery people are not allowed to work, and if they are forced to by their employers, they can report them to the police. If that is the case, I guess one can shop online all they can, but deliveries will only be made after things are back to normal.

 

 

 

 

Whoever you listened to is misinformed. NZ Post and Courier services are still operational as they are classed as an essential service.

 

Now whether they put their own restrictions on who they pick up from and deliver to is another question.

 

If I run a business from home and put a parcel on my doorstep for pickup by the courier, there is no human interaction required.


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  #2444757 23-Mar-2020 18:15
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neb:
mattwnz:

 

With local stores closing, I wonder if it will lead to a significant amount of offshore online purchases, while people are in isolation. Postal / courier services could be very busy.

 

I also foresee a baby boom later this year. It's not just postal workers who will be busy...

 

 

 

We will also potentially have people not getting out to meet people to form relationships, depending on how long this lasts. I mean how busy are these apps like tinder and bumble etc going to be.


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  #2444763 23-Mar-2020 18:21
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shanes:

 

vexxxboy:

 

My wife needs medicine that i have to pick up 3 times a week from the chemist, should be fun .

 

 

 

 

My wife works in a pharmacy and they are looking at doing deliveries... cause they don't really want to see you either :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have been putting off going to the pharmacy as it normally busy, and is probably very busy at the moment, and I don't live too far from from one of the two probable CT cases.  Will do it in the next week or so when it has calmed down more. But if they do move to doing deliveries, that would be a bonus. .


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  #2444764 23-Mar-2020 18:23
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KDee:

If I run a business from home and put a parcel on my doorstep for pickup by the courier, there is no human interaction required.

 

 

Only the virus particles that you coughed/sneezed onto the package before you left it, or that the courier deposited before they dropped it off.

 

 

It's not as safe as you make it sound.

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  #2444765 23-Mar-2020 18:23
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mattwnz:

 

We will also potentially have people not getting out to meet people to form relationships, depending on how long this lasts. I mean how busy are these apps like tinder and bumble etc going to be.

 

 

 

 

People get horny they will find a way lol, will just be more talking over phone/facetime before you trust someone to meet them at someones home. 


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  #2444766 23-Mar-2020 18:24
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I can see it .. the Corona generation that appears in 9 months time.


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