https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/221126/eight_col_191210_ASYLUM-SEEKER-4.jpg?1580196987 The first batch of refugees to arrive in the country since the border closed have now completed managed isolation. File image. Photo: RNZ / Dan Cook The 16 asylum seekers were prioritised as emergency cases because of a perceived high risk of death, jail, or expulsion from their own countries. As many as 1000 more refugees, approved to come to New Zealand before the pandemic hit, are still trapped abroad, waiting for the country’s borders to open. It’s the first time in four months there have been refugees staying at Mangere Refugee Centre, where Qemajl Murati is based as the Refugee Quota Programme manager. “Everybody’s excited because we know how much it means for these families to be in a safe place and be looked after, and it’s important for us as well,” he said. On arrival, asylum seekers stay in a managed isolation facility for two weeks, and ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/112764/eight_col_barb_25WEB.jpg?1605063711 After suffering a serious slump the wool industry has nearly managed to claw back prices to pre-Covid levels. Photo: RNZ / Cosmo Kentish-Barnes The disruption to the supply chain caused by Covid-19 had resulted in significantly reduced demand from overseas mills. PGG Wrightson general manager for wool Grant Edwards said during lockdown the industry experienced a 35 to 40 percent drop in prices for all types. Edwards said in the last few weeks there had been a notable recovery and much of those losses had been clawed back. “[We’re] close to being on par to where we were pre-Covid. Some half-bred wool types would certainly be back at pre-Covid levels, where as crossbreds would be very close and merinos are closing in.” He said while it was encouraging to see these lifts, at this time of year there was no significant crossbred wool on the market. “A degree of ...

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https://www.beehive.govt.nz/sites/default/files/2017-11/beehive-red-og_0.png Tuatahi māku  Ka mihi tu ki a koe Pita E pīkauria ana i te mana o Ngā tūpuna o te whenua nei. Thank you Bernadette for your warm introduction. I would also like to reflect on your acknowledgments and welcome Peter Jackson, Taranaki Whānui; Members of the National War Memorial Advisory Council; my colleagues Hon Judith Collins and Nicola Willis; BJ Clark, President of the Royal New Zealand Returned and Services Association; Air Marshal Kevin Short, Chief of Defence Force and His Excellency Brigadier General Francis Agwi, High Commissioner of Papua New Guinea representing the Diplomatic Corps. On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918, an Armistice between the Allies and Germany came into effect, ending four years of terrible fighting and loss. The First World War took an immense toll on Aotearoa, New Zealand – a country of just over a million people. It cost ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/The-race-for-spots-heats-up.jpg   Source:dandenong Competition for spots in the Endeavour Hills first XI is going to be fierce in a shortened Victorian Sub-District Cricket Association (VSDCA) pre-season. There will be no preconceived notions for coach Nick Bole-Brown and skipper Chris Pereira about who fits where in the Eagles’ pecking order, with training form and practice match figures to weigh more heavily than usual in the thinking of the all-new leadership. While there will be consultation with club veterans to help assess previous seasons by individuals, Bole-Brown and Pereira will keep an open mind and get their own gauge on players in the days leading up to the season opener against Brighton on 21 November before making final calls on selection. “Without giving too much away, the side could change a fair bit from last year,” Bole-Brown said. “We could have four or five new guys in the ones. “Everyone is on ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/105108/eight_col_200707_Chateau-On-The-Park-Quarantine-Hotel_01.jpg?1594096606 The West Indies men’s cricket team will be denied further training privileges after breaking managed isolation rules inside their Christchurch facility, the Ministry of Health says. The West Indies men’s cricket team are staying in the managed isolation facility at the Chateau on the Park in Christchurch. Photo: RNZ / Nate McKinnon The ministry said all members of the cricket team, who were provided certain exemptions from managed isolation rules, would be denied further training privileges after breaking managed isolation rules. The team, here to play New Zealand’s Black Caps, is in the managed isolation facility at the Chateau on the Park in Christchurch. “Following an investigation, members of the team were confirmed to have repeatedly broken managed isolation rules. Many of these incidents have been captured on CCTV and have also been reported by staff. The incidents include groups mingling and sharing food. It’s important to note that ...

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