This morning the government announced significant changes in New Zealand's response to Covid-19. Noah Ferguson-Dudding spoke to Professor Nikki Turner, Director of the Immunisation Advisory Centre, and Professor Michael Plank, an epidemiological modeler from the University of Canterbury about their reactions to the announcement.
National's Spokesperson for Local Government, Christopher Luxon, has spoken about a government bill which would give them power to delay local body elections in the case of a Covid-19 lockdown. Noah Ferguson-Dudding spoke to Luxon about his issue with the bill, as well as the National Party's latest proposals around moving out of lockdown in Aotearoa.
Noah spoke to Professor Nikki Turner and Professor Michael Plank about the government's latest Covid-19 guidelines. He also caught up with National MP Christopher Luxon for their weekly chat, speaking about local body elections and National's plan to move forward with Covid-19.
Ilena spoke to Kerri Nuku, kaiwhakahaere for the New Zealand Nurses Organisation, about a new bill from the government. She also spoke to Green MP Golriz Ghahraman about regulating military products used to breach human rights, and Councillor Shane Henderson about ending water restrictions in Auckland and new housing density rules.
On their weekly chat, Justin and Health Minister Andrew Little talked about low Māori vaccination rates at Taranaki and Tairāwhiti, dedicated MIQ spots for health workers, and his thoughts on National's reopening plan.
Justin also talked to Developmental Paediatrician Dr Jin Rusell and Michael Cabral-Tarry, the Tāmaki Makaurau regional chair of the Post Primary Teachers’ Association on schools reopening next week.
He also chatted with AUT's head of journalism Greg Treadwell on Newshub's proposal to make radio reporters reduntant.
Justin also spoke to AUT Construction Management Professor John Tookey on the recent policy that scraps limits on housing density.