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  #2563795 14-Sep-2020 14:40
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Press release:

 

 

Takiri mai te ata,

 

ka ao, ka ao, ka awatea, tihei mauriora!

 

Tātou katoa ngā iwi o Aotearoa, tēnā koutou!

 

Tēnā tātou e whakanuia ana i te wiki nei, te wiki o te reo Māori

 

Greeting to you all from Otepoti, Dunedin. 

 

This week is the Māori Language week and the theme again this year is ‘kia kaha te reo Māori’ or ‘let the language live’.

 

Kei te ako tonu au i te reo Māori – I am still learning te reo Māori, but I encourage everyone to try and use te reo māori this week.

 

This is a chance to celebrate and use our country’s indigenous language. Kia kaha te reo māori

 

Cabinet met virtually today to review our progress on stamping out Covid-19 and to decide on the next steps for our alert levels in Auckland and the rest of New Zealand.

 

I will begin with a brief update on the Auckland Cluster.

 

It has now been two weeks, one transmission cycle of the virus, since Auckland moved to what we have called Level 2.5.

 

In that time we have identified a further 36 cases in the community All are associated with the wider Auckland cluster and most were people who had a known link to the cluster and so were already isolated.

 

Since Auckland moved out of level 3 restrictions two weeks ago widespread testing that is roughly double what it was at Level 1 has occurred. Over 100,000 tests have taken place nationwide that have not shown up any spread of the virus to other parts of New Zealand despite the resumption of inter-regional travel.

 

However. Within the Auckland cluster is a potential trouble spot.

 

The new sub cluster that has emerged in the past two weeks related to a bereavement associated with Mt Roskill Evangelical Church. This has led to 15 cases, and while there is no evidence of significant spread outside of the Auckland cluster, this event does raise the possibility that more people have been exposed within what is already our biggest cluster to date.

 

The last time Cabinet made a decision to move down from level 2 to level 1 we had spent 26 days at level 2, more than two transmission cycles and had gone 17 days without any new cases of Covid-19 in the country. That was to give ourselves confidence that any move back to level 1 would stick.

 

So far we have spent 14 days at what we are calling 2.5 in Auckland and have had cases in the community continue to emerge every day bar one. While no new community cases is not a measure in and of itself for moving down levels, as we know more cases will emerge from this clusters tail, these cases can continue to pose risks.

 

New Zealand has followed a plan that has worked. Since the start we have been cautious. This has both saved lives, but also meant our economy has been able to be more open in a more sustained way than nearly any other country in the world. It is a formula that works.

 

So while our aim is to speedily move down alert levels safely, we also need to be focused on the future, on getting back to Level 1,  but in a sustained way and not rushing there only to have to bounce out of it soon after.

 

Advice put to us today suggests we should be cautious about moving to Level 1 immediately, and that it would be prudent to continue to monitor case numbers for a short while longer.

 

That’s why, on the advice of the Director-General, Cabinet has decided on a short extension to the current restrictions of Alert Level 2.5 for Auckland, and Level 2 for the rest of the country.

 

But I do want to signal what the likely next decisions are.

 

For Auckland, Cabinet will review the current ‘Level 2.5’ settings at our meeting on Monday 21st of September, with a view to increase gathering limits for Auckland if we are in a similar position with containing the cluster. If that change was agreed, this would come into effect on Wednesday 23rd of September.

 

And for the rest of the country, while we will retain the status quo for now, Cabinet has agreed in principle that at 11.59pm on Monday the 21st September, the rest of New Zealand will move to Alert Level 1. 

 

This is contingent on cases tracking as they are, and maintaining the containment we have seen. The move will be confirmed on Monday when Cabinet meets again.

 

I know some may have questions as to why the rest of the country hasn’t moved to level 1 just yet.

 

Modelling done for the Ministry of Health continues to suggest around a 25 percent chance of cases moving outside of the Auckland region. So while the cases are currently in Auckland, with inter-regional travel open there remains a risk of spreading the virus to the rest of the country.

 

As I said we haven’t had many days without new cases appearing in Auckland and it only requires one person travelling and attending a super-spreader event somewhere else in the country and we could be looking at further restrictions everywhere. So the level 2 precautions we have in place continue to act as a safety barrier for flair ups in the rest of New Zealand.

 

On the issue of travel I can also announce today a change of physical distancing restrictions on planes and public transport.

 

As a result of the extra measures we have in place at Level 2 in Auckland, and in particular the good uptake of our requirement that people wear a mask on public transport, today I can confirm that we will ease physical distancing requirements on planes and public transport.

 

So from today, public transport operators including airlines, buses and trains do not need to maintain any seating restrictions or passenger capacity limits at Level 2.

 

Mask use will continue to be compulsory, and has been key in the recommendation by the Director General that this change is safe to occur.

 

I know this change will make a real difference to Air New Zealand and those parts of the country seeking increased numbers of visitors, and the change made demonstrates the willingness on the Government’s behalf to constantly review our settings, with everyone’s health at the top of our minds.

 

On opening up our economy, new data points to good increases in economic activity since the start of level 2.5 in Auckland. Payment and traffic data in Treasury’s latest Weekly Economic Update showed economic activity across the Auckland region and the country bounced back to levels experienced under Alert Level 1, following Auckland’s move out of Level 3.

 

This shows that as a country we’ve got better at adapting to shopping local and logistics and keeping our economy moving, ultimately outperforming countries that decided against an elimination strategy. It is further proof that the plan works and that the best approach to a healthy economy is getting the virus under control.

 

This is a global pandemic  and the global economic outlook is weak – but continuing our elimination strategy based on strong and well-targeted public health measures allows economic activity in New Zealand to resume sooner than would otherwise be the case – and sooner than many other countries around the world. The counter of this is also true – in that late restrictions or those lifted too early have allowed the exponential spread of the virus and led to more sever lockdowns that restrict economic activity longer.

 

So, our plan is working, but it needs just a little more time. Like last time when we moved from level 2 to level 1 with caution we experienced a strong bounce back in economic activity which is what we are seeking again. Protecting our current gains, expanding on them and keeping people safe from the virus remains the best long term strategy for the country.

 

You only need to look off our shores to see the alternative.

 

As we see major second waves globally ours has been relatively small and contained. The guidelines everyone has followed have kept us safe, saved lives, and helped us get the economy moving quicker than most other countries around the world – we played the short game well because we had our eye on the future – on our lives back at Level 1 and making the most of the global opportunities that would create.

 

We need to keep our eyes on that prize and take the actions to match so we can get to Level 1 again. And we will.

 

 

 

 

 

 





 

 

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  #2563796 14-Sep-2020 14:42
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Correct. One of my colleages stalked him. Anti govt, conspiratorial and Chemtrailler. 

 

Didn't like being called out by the guy behind. Obviously hadn't stalked his Socials by that stage either.


 
 
 
 


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  #2563836 14-Sep-2020 15:59
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wellygary: I suspect I'm not going that far out on a limb to guess this is the same "Will Ryan"


https://www.infonews.co.nz/news.cfm?id=59908


The news updates at the bottom of the post were brought to us by twenty-six-year old New Zealand truth activist and radio show co-host, Will Ryan....


"Our laid back attitudes do not lend themselves to facts, but rather to feel-good UN and Barack Obama-style propaganda - sad really," offers the Waiheke-Islander, who has been known to shout in the direction of the TVNZ building through a bullhorn in protest at the lies they have aired about 9/11 before. He is hoping fellow New Zealanders will take a more active role in their political scene and demand more of their media, as he does



Really can't Australians and Kiwis get their own conspiracies rather than adopting US quackery?

Surely instead of reptile people infiltrating American government perhaps it could be Chlamydiain in Koalas caused by the Labor Party.

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  #2563839 14-Sep-2020 16:10
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Singapore, Collect free reusable masks from vending machines from Sept 21

 

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/health/collect-free-reusable-masks-from-vending-machines

 

Scan your ID and get your ration of free reusable Masks.


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  #2563844 14-Sep-2020 16:21
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Oblivian:

 

Correct. One of my colleages stalked him. Anti govt, conspiratorial and Chemtrailler. 

 

Didn't like being called out by the guy behind. Obviously hadn't stalked his Socials by that stage either.

 

 

Sorry, but who are we talking about here?





Involuntary autocorrect in operation on mobile device. Apologies in advance.


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  #2563847 14-Sep-2020 16:28
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Batman:

 

Sorry, but who are we talking about here?

 

 

I was beaten to mid reply so it was split between pages and makes less sense

 

https://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?forumid=161&topicid=265423&page_no=987#2563793 


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  #2563859 14-Sep-2020 16:50
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freitasm: People these days see to not understand the difference between reality and propaganda. Back in the 90s Carl Sagan wrote The Demon-Haunted World and one of the most important parts on that book is The Baloney Detection Kit.

 

I think it's more people don't want to understand the difference. A random on the internet says something stupid, they can't comprehend the stupidity of it but it "makes sense". Everything thereafter either fits into the opinion they've just started believing or is discarded because it doesn't fit and therefore must've come from brainwashed sheeple. I actually find it humorous when these conspiracy believing idiots hurl that word around.

 

freitasm: AKL continues on 2.5 until review 21st September, Monday 21st September the rest of NZ moves to Level 1. 

 

Auckland needs to stay at Level 2.5 for a good two weeks after the protesting idiots stop protesting. If they come out again this weekend, push it out to another 2 weeks. They come out the weekend after, push it out to another 2 weeks etc.


 
 
 
 


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  #2563874 14-Sep-2020 17:32
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wellygary:

 

Oblivian:

 

Unless you are a cawkwomble

 

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/national-video/news/video.cfm?c_id=1503075&gal_cid=1503075&gallery_id=224003 

 

 

I suspect I'm not going that far out on a limb to guess this is the same "Will Ryan"

 

https://www.infonews.co.nz/news.cfm?id=59908

 

The news updates at the bottom of the post were brought to us by twenty-six-year old New Zealand truth activist and radio show co-host, Will Ryan....

 

"Our laid back attitudes do not lend themselves to facts, but rather to feel-good UN and Barack Obama-style propaganda - sad really," offers the Waiheke-Islander, who has been known to shout in the direction of the TVNZ building through a bullhorn in protest at the lies they have aired about 9/11 before. He is hoping fellow New Zealanders will take a more active role in their political scene and demand more of their media, as he does

 

 

Ballsy of somebody who lives on Waiheke island to cause significant drama on a fullers ferry (and to publish a video of it). Substantial risk of getting trespassed from all their boats.

Trips to shout at the TVNZ building will be a lot slower and less convenient on the sealink car ferry...


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  #2563879 14-Sep-2020 17:43
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Dratsab:

 

Auckland needs to stay at Level 2.5 for a good two weeks after the protesting idiots stop protesting. If they come out again this weekend, push it out to another 2 weeks. They come out the weekend after, push it out to another 2 weeks etc.

 

 

That's really great for the other 1.499 Million people in Auckland who aren't stupid enough to protest, isn't it?

 

How about the police do their jobs and stop the protest instead?


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  #2563902 14-Sep-2020 18:07
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shk292:

 

Dratsab:

 

Auckland needs to stay at Level 2.5 for a good two weeks after the protesting idiots stop protesting. If they come out again this weekend, push it out to another 2 weeks. They come out the weekend after, push it out to another 2 weeks etc.

 

 

That's really great for the other 1.499 Million people in Auckland who aren't stupid enough to protest, isn't it?

 

How about the police do their jobs and stop the protest instead?

 

 

But then the 1.499 million will let those idiots know they are being stupid.





 

 

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  #2564001 14-Sep-2020 18:42
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freitasm:

 

But then the 1.499 million will let those idiots know they are being stupid.

 

 

Yes, maybe we should organise a parade in support of the gathering restrictions

 

Oh wait...


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  #2564003 14-Sep-2020 18:52
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Meanwhile, in America... I guess this nurse learnt not to come back from vacation where two family members waiting for covid results, not feeling well and going back to work at a rest home - without wearing a mask. Three dozen infected and four dead later (including her mum who lives in the rest home)... https://www.courant.com/coronavirus/hc-news-coronavirus-norwich-nurse-mother-20200913-4u3qzwfypva3fhhsdzsulidayy-story.html?





 

 

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  #2564026 14-Sep-2020 20:14
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Common sense is not as common as you think.


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Business Insider: A Los Angeles artist is selling $180 'Karen' Halloween masks, calling them 'the real monsters of 2020'

...Los Angeles-based artist Jason Adcock created two versions of the "Karen" mask: one with an angry expression and another covered in warts that is dubbed KAREN-19, likely in reference to those who downplay COVID-19.
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  #2564188 15-Sep-2020 09:04
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A good write up in the conversation on what people are getting wrong about Covid 19 Statistics

 

now-everyones-a-statistician-heres-what-armchair-covid-experts-are-getting-wrong

 

 

If we don’t analyse statistics for a living, it’s easy to be taken in by misinformation about COVID-19 statistics on social media, especially if we don’t have the right context.

 

For instance, we may cherry pick statistics supporting our viewpoint and ignore statistics showing we are wrong. We also still need to correctly interpret these statistics.

 

It’s easy for us to share this misinformation. Many of these statistics are also interrelated, so misunderstandings can quickly multiply.

 

Here’s how we can avoid five common errors, and impress friends and family by getting the statistics right.

 

1. It’s the infection rate that’s scary, not the death rate

 

2. Exponential growth and misleading graphs

 

3. Not all infections are cases

 

4. We can’t compare deaths with cases from the same date

 

5. Yes, the data are messy, incomplete and may change

 

 

 

 

The article goes into each in more depth

 

 

 

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