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In the last few months, New Zealand house prices have gone up significantly. This was a trend before Covid-19, but they were expected to come down. The government made a new law stopping foreign speculation on New Zealand Houses, and this was not enough to stop house prices rising. Economists thought the Covid-19 recession would cause house prices …
 
There are several different political parties that you can vote for in the election. Before you vote, you will need to learn about the policies and reputations of the politicans who want your votes. You will also need to learn about the two referendums. There are several good websites that have information about the candidates.Television New Zealan…
 
After you enrol to vote, the Electoral Commission will send you an EasyVote Card. You can take this card in to the voting place. If you don’t bring a card, that’s okay, you will just have to wait while the workers check your name and address. To find a voting place near you, go here. Most voting places will be open from the third of October until t…
 
This year, voting places will be open from the third of October. This gives everybody two weeks to vote. This is so that people don’t have to queue up on election day. If you cannot get to a voting place, you can call 0800 36 76 56 to learn about other ways to vote. You could vote by post, or by telephone. People who live overseas can download thei…
 
When New Zealand’s alert levels were escalated because of the new Auckland August cluster, people were very upset. Many of them were extremely angry when they discovered that a family with Covid-19 had travelled to Rotorua and Taupo. They said many cruel things about the family online. People invented horrible stories about the family, and this was…
 
On the 12th of August a new case of Covid-19 was found in the Auckland community. This was after 102 days of New Zealand having no cases of the virus in the community. In response, the government put Auckland into Alert level 3 and the rest of NZ into Alert level 2. This means that Aucklanders should stay home and avoid contact with people who are …
 
Did you know that international students bring an estimated 5 billion dollars into the New Zealand economy every year? That makes it New Zealand’s fifth largest export industry. Now that New Zealand has closed its borders, business is running out for the international education sector. They can offer online classes, but this does not allow schools …
 
Thousands of peoplewho applied to rent houses from a Wellington property management company calledLPM between 2014 and 2017 may need to check that their ID is still secure. Thecompany kept scanned copies of important documents such as passports and birthcertificates on an unsecured database that was easy to access. This means that applicantswhose d…
 
story New Zealand’s rugby league team, the Warriors, haverelocated to Australia for the winter so that they can participate in the rugbyleague season. They went to Australia in May and went through the quarantineprocess. They are now based in Tamworth, New South Wales. No doubt they misstheir families, and perhaps this is why they have been on a lo…
 
Today is the twelfth day in which New Zealand has had no newcases of Covid-19. There is only one case of Covid-19 that is still active, andthe patient is not in hospital. We are now at alert level 2, which has allowed people tobegin traveling inside the country, as long as they still practice socialdistancing. Last weekend was a public holiday, and…
 
story On Wednesday New Zealand’s covid-19 alert level moved downto level 2, which gives people a lot more freedom to move around, as long asthey are careful. People can travel, go to work, and even go to restaurants,but they still have to maintain good hand hygiene and physical distancing. Good hand hygiene means that people wash their hands often,…
 
This week New Zealand’s lockdown has eased from Alert Level4 to Alert Level 3. This means that people can drive short distances from theirhomes, and they can go to work if it is not possible to work from home. Children can go to school if their parents want this, butfamilies are encouraged to let their children study from home if possible. Many peo…
 
This week we have seen a few different responses to theCovid-19 virus. Italy and Spain put their populations under lockdown. This wassimilar to what China had done during the first outbreak in Wuhan. In alockdown, people are mostly not allowed to travel away from their homes. TheAmerican president banned all travel into America from Europe, and lat…
 
story While New Zealand, atthe moment, does not have any cases of people who have the coronavirus, oureconomy will be affected. New Zealand is closedto Chinese tourists and this is bad news for tourist industries like bungyjumping, jet boating, and so many other kinds of adventure tourism. Towns likeRotorua and Queenstown depend on tourists to fill…
 
Thanks to Pat Syme for this article New Zealand is a small country but we have a variety of geographical features and climate. Geographical features vary from plains to mountains and includes lakes, rivers, coasts and deserts. The climate also varies, with the east coast of both islands often dry while the west coast has a high rainfall. Last week,…
 
Thanks to Pat Syme for this article Nearly 200 visitors toWuhan were able to return to NZ on Wednesday in a special AirNZ plane. Another60 people were expected at Wuhan airport but did not arrive in time for theflight. The passengers were New Zealanders, Australians, Pacific Islanders anda few from Britain. Wuhan is in lockdownat the moment because…
 
story Yesterday there was an orange haze in the skies of Aucklandas smoke from the Australian bushfires drifted 2,000 kilometers across theTasman sea. Yesterday afternoon it got so dark, it felt like an eclipse. Therewere reports of several people calling the emergency number, 111, to tell thepolice that the sky looked strange. At night, people not…
 
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