60 community cases of COVID-19; 5 new border cases; 89 percent of Aucklanders complete one vaccine dose

Source: New Zealand Ministry of Health

There are 60 new community cases today; 57 in Auckland and three in the Waikato. As at 10am, 36 of these cases are linked – 18 of which are household contacts – and 24 remain unlinked, with investigations continuing to help determine their connection to the outbreak.

Cases

  • Number of new community cases: 60
  • Number of new cases identified at the border: Five
  • Location of new community cases: Auckland (57) Waikato (3)
  • Location of community cases (total): Auckland 1,943 (1,350 of whom have recovered); Waikato 45 (3 of whom have recovered); Wellington 17 (all of whom have recovered)
  • Number of community cases (total): 2,005 (in current community outbreak)
  • Cases infectious in the community: 25 of yesterday’s 51 cases have exposure events
  • Cases in isolation throughout the period they were infectious: 26 of yesterday’s 51 cases
  • Cases epidemiologically linked: 36 of today’s 60 cases
  • Cases to be epidemiologically linked: 24 of today’s 60 cases
  • Cases epidemiologically linked (total): 1,841 (in the current cluster) (140 unlinked from the past 14 days)
  • Cases in hospital: 30 (total): North Shore (5); Middlemore (12); Auckland (13)
  • Cases in ICU or HDU: Five
  • Confirmed cases (total) *: 4,696 since pandemic began
  • Historical cases: 171 out of 2,881 since 1 Jan 2021

*One case reported yesterday has been reclassified as under investigation as a possible historical case and has been removed from the case total.

Contacts

  • Number of active contacts being managed (total): 1896
  • Percentage who have received an outbound call from contact tracers (to confirm testing and isolation requirements): 83%
  • Percentage with at least one test result: 75%

Locations of interest

  • Locations of interest (total): 455 (as at 10am 18 October)

Tests

  • Number of tests (total): 3,773,075
  • Number of tests total (last 24 hours): 20,809
  • Tests processed in Auckland (last 24 hours): 7,490
  • Tests rolling average (last 7 days): 24,355
  • Testing centres in Auckland: 19

Wastewater

  • Wastewater detections: Ongoing detections at most sites across Auckland

COVID-19 vaccine update

  • Vaccines administered to date (total): 6,344,212; 1st doses: 3,572,298 (85%); 2nd doses: 2,271,914 (66%)
  • Vaccines administered yesterday (total): 29,661; 1st doses: 6,253 2nd doses: 23,408
  • Māori: 1st doses: 376,983 (66%); 2nd doses: 254,631 (45%)
  • Pacific Peoples: 1st doses: 230,361 (80%); 2nd doses: 170,091 (59%)
  • Vaccines administered to Auckland residents to date (total): 2,294,199: 1st doses: 1,271,322 (89%); 2nd doses: 1,022,871 (71%)
  • Vaccines administered to Auckland residents yesterday (total): 11,259: 1st doses: 2,005; 2nd doses: 9,254

NZ COVID Tracer

  • Registered users (total): 3,305,233
  • Poster scans (total): 438,013,153
  • Manual diary entries (total): 18,490,337
  • Poster scans in 24 hours to midday yesterday: 2,040,250
New cases identified at the border

Arrival date 

From 

Via 

Positive test day/reason 

Managed isolation/quarantine location 

14 October

USA

Direct

Day 0 / routine

Auckland

14 October

Lebanon

United Arab Emirates

Day 0 / routine

Auckland

14 October India United Arab Emirates Day 2 / routine Auckland
14 October Greece To be advised Day 3 / routine Auckland
15 October United Kingdom United Arab Emirates Day 0 / routine Auckland

Northland update

A number of testing sites remain open around Northland today, including at the Three Furlongs Bar and Grill in Kaiwaka – on the boundary between Northland and Auckland. This site will also be open for testing tomorrow.

Auckland update

A staff member at Remuera Gardens retirement village in Auckland has been confirmed as having COVID-19 and was at work whilst infectious.

Public health staff are confident the risk of infection is low but, as a precaution, testing is being arranged for all staff and residents. Both staff and residents at the village have very high vaccination rates.

Public health staff in Auckland are continuing to urge anyone who is moving around Auckland in Level 3 to get a test if they have symptoms of COVID-19.
 
There are 19 community testing centres available for testing across Auckland today.A full list of sites and opening hours can be found on the Healthpoint website.

Mobile surveillance testing of residential facilities is continuing, including emergency housing, transitional housing, boarding houses, motels and community housing providers. So far, testing has been completed at approximately 50 sites.

Waikato update

There are three new cases in Waikato. One is linked to known cases, while interviews and investigations are continuing to determine any link for the other two cases.

Investigations are also continuing to determine the links of two cases reported last week and two cases from yesterday.

Waikato DHB’s website and Healthpoint have up to date information on community testing centres in the region. Pop up testing sites have opened in Hamilton, Whatawhata (west of Hamilton) and Kihikihi (near Te Awamutu).

Yesterday there were 4,020 tests undertaken in Waikato and almost 1,489 doses of vaccine administered.

Study reveals climate choices we make in coming decades are make or break – but we won’t see their impact in Antarctica this century – 15/10/2021

Source: GNS Science

This is the key finding of new research published today by climate experts at GNS Science and Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington’s Antarctic Science Platform National Modelling Hub.

The study, led by GNS Science’s Dr Dan Lowry, represents a new approach to understanding Antarctic Ice Sheet change and its potential to raise sea level by multiple metres. It paves the way for clearer projections of the future of the Antarctic Ice Sheet.

“Our ability to predict how much and how quickly Antarctic Ice Sheet melt will occur is limited by our understanding of the ice sheet” says Dr Lowry.

Traditionally, researchers use numerical models to understand how ice sheets flow under different climate states. These models rely on assumptions in areas of uncertainty – like the internal structure of the ice and conditions of the bedrock and sediment beneath the ice – which impact how sensitive a modelled ice sheet is to climate change.

To overcome these uncertainties, the team of researchers developed a statistical emulator based on the data of hundreds of ice sheet models. With the emulator, they explored thousands of scenarios that could affect future sea level projections; something ice sheet simulations cannot do in a reasonable amount of time.

 Our results highlight the urgency of reducing carbon emissions and the long-term consequences of failing to do so

Dr Dan Lowry

“By combining ice sheet models and an emulator, we are more certain about unobservable processes happening underneath Antarctica’s ice sheet” says co-author Dr Mario Krapp, also from GNS Science.

The team produced projections based on both a low-emissions scenario, in which global carbon emissions were reduced quickly over the next few decades, and a high-emissions scenario in which emissions kept increasing to the end of the century.

“There was substantial overlap in plausible ice sheet contributions to sea level for the two emissions scenarios in this century” says Dr Lowry.

But by 2300, the different outcomes of the different emissions scenarios were crystal clear.

“Under the high emissions scenario, the rate of sea level rise was double what it was under the low emissions scenario – with the Antarctic Ice Sheet contributing over 1.5m more to global sea level in the high emissions scenario, due to the collapse of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet”.

These maps of Antarctica show the projected change in ice thickness between the present and the year 2300, for a low-emissions scenario (left) and a high-emissions scenario (right), with red indicating ice loss and blue showing ice gain.

The earliest warning sign of a future with a multi-metre Antarctic contribution to sea level rise is widespread thinning of Antarctica’s Ross and Ronne-Filchner ice shelves.

“These shelves hold back the land-based ice, but as they thin and break off, this resistance weakens, allowing land-based ice to more easily flow into the ocean” Dr Lowry explains.

“Without these shelves, the West Antarctic Ice Sheet collapses”.

In a high emissions scenario, this widespread ice shelf thinning occurs within the next few decades.  But more importantly, the thinning does not occur under a low emissions scenario and the majority of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet remains intact.

 “Our results highlight the urgency of reducing carbon emissions and the long-term consequences of failing to do so” cautions Dr Lowry.

“Even if we meet the Paris Agreement target, the long memory of Antarctica means we should still expect to see melting of the Antarctic Ice Sheet for centuries and millennia to come.

“To avoid the worst impact on coastal communities around the world, planners and policy makers need to develop meaningful adaptation strategies and evaluate mitigation strategies for the ongoing threat of sea level rise”.

Super Saturday COVID-19 vaccination data update

Source: New Zealand Ministry of Health

Yesterday was Super Saturday, and what a success it was! A huge number of people across the country went out and got their COVID-19 vaccination.

85% of New Zealanders have now had their first dose, up 2% on Super Saturday.

65% of the population are fully vaccinated, up 3% on Super Saturday.

Across the country, 10,825 Māori went out and got their first dose and a further 10,877 got their second dose, which has helped Māori vaccination levels jump a huge 5.4% since last Sunday.

Overall, 65% of the Māori population or 375,000 people have now had their first dose – 250,000 of those are fully vaccinated.

By ethnicity, Māori also had the highest proportion of first doses on Super Saturday, with 50% of all Māori vaccinations being the first dose.

Congratulations to Kawerau District, which started Super Saturday with the lowest first dose rate in the country, but by the end of yesterday, it had the biggest daily percentage increase for first doses given.

Māori vaccinations in Hawke’s Bay jumped a massive 3% on Super Saturday, with over 1,100 getting their first dose.

A huge shout out to the Super Saturday vaccine centres with the highest first dose vaccinations rates – Park and Fly at Auckland Airport, PAK’nSAVE Napier and Christchurch Arena Carpark.

Thank you to all those who were hesitant, but went out and got their vaccine yesterday.

Now’s a great time to have a chat with friends and whanau, help answer any of their questions they might have, and encourage them to go out and get their vaccine today.

Super Saturday DHB COVID-19 vaccination data
DHB of residence (Grouped) First Second Total Total % Pop
Auckland Metro 8,905 32,041 40,946 2.9%
Bay of Plenty 2,167 3,881 6,048 2.8%
Canterbury 5,028 12,009 17,037 3.5%
Capital & Coast and Hutt Valley 2,970 10,496 13,466 3.4%
Hawke’s Bay 2,547 4,041 6,588 4.5%
Lakes 1,200 1,823 3,023 3.2%
MidCentral 1,912 3,466 5,378 3.5%
Nelson Marlborough 1,035 2,203 3,238 2.4%
Northland 2,342 2,773 5,115 3.2%
South Canterbury 507 891 1,398 2.7%
Southern 2,696 6,629 9,325 3.2%
Tairawhiti 410 497 907 2.2%
Taranaki 1,317 1,564 2,881 2.8%
Waikato 3,841 6,262 10,103 2.8%
Wairarapa 478 725 1,203 2.9%
West Coast 381 739 1,120 4.0%
Whanganui 659 888 1,547 2.7%
New Zealand 39,025 90,977 130,002 3.1%

Overseas/unknown included in total.  Figures as at 11:59pm on 16 October

Cumulative DHB COVID-19 vaccination data

DHB of residence (Grouped)

First

Second

First %

Second %

Auckland Metro

1,269,101

1,013,593

89%

71%

Bay of Plenty

172,512

122,911

80%

57%

Canterbury

415,749

287,968

86%

60%

Capital & Coast and Hutt Valley

354,507

268,079

88%

67%

Hawke’s Bay

118,291

93,353

81%

64%

Lakes

72,164

53,818

76%

57%

MidCentral

125,968

97,492

83%

64%

Nelson Marlborough

113,065

94,573

83%

70%

Northland

121,865

93,756

76%

58%

South Canterbury

43,340

34,402

82%

65%

Southern

248,412

197,347

86%

69%

Tairawhiti

31,004

24,248

74%

58%

Taranaki

81,559

58,250

80%

57%

Waikato

296,184

228,721

83%

64%

Wairarapa

33,998

26,843

82%

65%

West Coast

21,366

16,462

77%

59%

Whanganui

44,081

35,046

77%

61%

New Zealand

3,565,822

2,748,360

85%

65%

Overseas/unknown included in total.  Figures as at 11:59pm on 16 October

Super Saturday Māori COVID-19 vaccination data

DHB of Residence

First

Second

Total

Total % Pop

Auckland Metro

1,888

2,797

4,685

3.5%

Bay of Plenty

831

666

1,497

3.1%

Canterbury

670

738

1,408

3.8%

Capital & Coast and Hutt Valley

796

1,039

1,835

4.0%

Hawke’s Bay

1,128

942

2,070

6.1%

Lakes

609

544

1,153

3.8%

MidCentral

566

511

1,077

4.4%

Nelson Marlborough

174

167

341

3.0%

Northland

1,279

963

2,242

4.4%

South Canterbury

52

51

103

3.0%

Southern

346

465

811

3.4%

Tairawhiti

275

232

507

2.6%

Taranaki

370

246

616

3.9%

Waikato

1,437

1,121

2,558

3.7%

Wairarapa

126

115

241

3.8%

West Coast

48

82

130

4.7%

Whanganui

225

195

420

3.1%

New Zealand

10,825

10,877

21,702

3.8%

Overseas/unknown included in total.  Figures as at 11:59pm on 16 October

Cumulative Māori COVID-19 vaccination data

DHB of Residence

First

Second

First %

Second %

Auckland Metro

94,346

64,653

71%

49%

Bay of Plenty

28,022

17,451

59%

37%

Canterbury

25,338

15,928

69%

43%

Capital & Coast and Hutt Valley

33,383

22,680

72%

49%

Hawke’s Bay

21,247

14,647

62%

43%

Lakes

17,866

11,731

59%

39%

MidCentral

15,912

10,858

66%

45%

Nelson Marlborough

7,308

5,273

65%

47%

Northland

31,007

20,610

61%

41%

South Canterbury

2,211

1,539

64%

45%

Southern

16,529

12,028

70%

51%

Tairawhiti

12,337

8,884

62%

45%

Taranaki

9,787

5,985

62%

38%

Waikato

45,934

30,391

66%

44%

Wairarapa

4,027

2,713

64%

43%

West Coast

1,813

1,204

66%

44%

Whanganui

8,148

5,728

60%

42%

New Zealand

375,387

252,419

66%

44%

Overseas/unknown included in total.  Figures as at 11:59pm on 16 October

Super Saturday Pacific COVID-19 vaccination data

DHB of residence (Grouped)

First

Second

Total

Total % Pop

Auckland Metro

2,715

5,899

8,614

4.3%

Bay of Plenty

70

56

126

3.4%

Canterbury

225

327

552

4.3%

Capital & Coast and Hutt Valley

442

757

1,199

4.1%

Hawke’s Bay

147

217

364

7.3%

Lakes

59

48

107

4.7%

MidCentral

58

100

158

3.5%

Nelson Marlborough

47

112

159

7.5%

Northland

81

57

138

4.7%

South Canterbury

14

16

30

3.6%

Southern

105

205

310

5.1%

Tairawhiti

17

12

29

3.0%

Taranaki

12

26

38

3.0%

Waikato

134

217

351

3.3%

Wairarapa

13

11

24

2.9%

West Coast

4

7

11

3.9%

Whanganui

31

20

51

3.7%

New Zealand

4,177

8,097

12,274

4.3%

Overseas/unknown included in total.  Figures as at 11:59pm on 16 October

Cumulative Pacific COVID-19 vaccination data

DHB of residence (Grouped)

First

Second

First %

Second %

Auckland Metro

158,943

116,531

79%

58%

Bay of Plenty

3,730

2,538

101%

69%

Canterbury

9,755

6,750

77%

53%

Capital & Coast and Hutt Valley

22,522

16,568

77%

57%

Hawke’s Bay

4,881

3,847

97%

77%

Lakes

1,709

1,254

75%

55%

MidCentral

3,545

2,529

79%

57%

Nelson Marlborough

3,507

2,965

166%

140%

Northland

2,241

1,509

76%

51%

South Canterbury

730

484

87%

58%

Southern

5,310

3,925

88%

65%

Tairawhiti

811

566

84%

59%

Taranaki

967

666

76%

52%

Waikato

8,639

6,427

81%

60%

Wairarapa

652

489

78%

58%

West Coast

214

156

76%

55%

Whanganui

985

688

71%

50%

New Zealand

229,483

168,177

80%

59%

Overseas/unknown included in total.  Figures as at 11:59pm on 16 October

Note: If more people receive a COVID-19 vaccine than used health services in 2020 for a specific population, we see a coverage rate of over 100%.

Top 5 Territorial Authority Areas for Super Saturday COVID-19 vaccinations
Dose 1

Territorial Authority

Population

First Dose Increase

First dose difference as % of pop

Kawerau District

6,115

165

2.70%

Central Hawke’s Bay District

11,838

295

2.49%

Ashburton District

27,424

577

2.10%

Grey District

11,412

237

2.08%

Tararua District

15,008

276

1.84%

Dose 2

Territorial Authority

Population

Second Dose Increase

Second dose difference as % of pop

Ashburton District

27,424

1,316

4.80%

Central Hawke’s Bay District

11,838

530

4.48%

Grey District

11,412

500

4.38%

Clutha District

14,979

644

4.30%

Queenstown-Lakes District

35,862

1,504

4.19%

Combined

Territorial Authority

Population

Combined Dose Increase

Combined dose difference as % of pop

Central Hawke’s Bay District

11,838

825

6.97%

Ashburton District

27,424

1,893

6.90%

Grey District

11,412

737

6.46%

Clutha District

14,979

891

5.95%

Hauraki District

17,324

917

5.29%

51 community cases of COVID-19; 2 new cases in managed isolation; more than 130,000 vaccines administered yesterday

Source: New Zealand Ministry of Health

There are 51 new community cases today; 47 are in Auckland and four are in the Waikato. As at 9am today, 28 of these cases are linked, of whom 18 are household contacts, and 23 remain unlinked with investigations continuing to help determine their connection to the current outbreak. 

Super Saturday

Super Saturday provided a huge boost to New Zealand’s response to COVID-19, with a record-breaking 130,002 people putting their arms out for vaccinations yesterday, Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield said.

‘People across the motu embraced Super Saturday like their communities’ lives depended on it.  It was inspiring to witness as we know the COVID-19 vaccine is key to our efforts to control the virus.

‘Auckland did incredibly well with its biggest ever vaccination day and I congratulate and thank everyone there who stepped forward to protect themselves, their whānau and their community – 41,081 people were vaccinated there yesterday, including 9,039 first doses and 32,042 second doses.

‘They’ve hit 89 per cent of their eligible population who have had their first dose and are tantalisingly close to reaching 90 per cent. I continue to urge everyone in Auckland who hasn’t received their first vaccination to get vaccinated as soon as possible. And remember, we’re not stopping at 90% – the higher, the better for everyone.’

At the start of yesterday, we needed 29,399 more people in Auckland to get their first dose to reach 90 per cent so we’re only 20,360 short. Over the past week, Auckland averaged about 4000 first doses daily so we’re on track to reach that milestone this week.

A more detailed breakdown of the vaccination data by District Health Board will be released shortly.

Cases

  • Number of new community cases: 51
  • Number of new cases identified at the border: Two
  • Location of new community cases: Auckland (47) Waikato (4)
  • Location of community cases (total)*: Auckland 1,886 (1,303 of whom have recovered); Waikato 42 (2 of whom have recovered); Wellington 17 (all of whom have recovered)
  • Number of community cases (total): 1,945 (in current community outbreak)
  • Cases infectious in the community  : 19 of yesterday’s 41 cases have exposure events
  • Cases in isolation throughout the period they were infectious  : 22 of yesterday’s 41 cases
  • Cases epidemiologically linked: 28 of today’s 51 cases
  • Cases to be epidemiologically linked: 23 of today’s 51 cases
  • Cases epidemiologically linked (total): 1,795 (in the current cluster) (127 unlinked from the past 14 days)
  • Cases in hospital: 29 (total): North Shore (4); Middlemore (14); Auckland (11)
  • Cases in ICU or HDU: Five
  • Confirmed cases (total): 4,632 since pandemic began
  • Historical cases, since 1 Jan 2021 (total): 171 out of 2,817 since 1 Jan 2021

*One previously reported case has been reclassified as ‘not a case’.

Contacts

  • Number of active contacts being managed (total): 1973
  • Percentage who have received an outbound call from contact tracers (to confirm testing and isolation requirements): 84%
  • Percentage with at least one test result: 75%

Locations of interest

  • Locations of interest (total): 447 (as at 10am 17 October)

Tests

  • Number of tests (total): 3,752,266
  • Number of tests total (last 24 hours): 26,667
  • Tests processed in Auckland (last 24 hours): 8,895
  • Tests rolling average (last 7 days): 23,575
  • Testing centres in Auckland: 17

Wastewater

  • Wastewater detections**: See below

COVID-19 vaccine update

  • Vaccines administered to date (total): 6,314,182; 1st doses: 3,565,822 (85%); 2nd doses: 2,748,360 (65%)
  • Vaccines administered yesterday (total): 130,002; 1st doses: 39,025; 2nd doses: 90,977
  • Māori: 1st doses: 375,387 (66%); 2nd doses: 252,419 (44%)
  • Pacific Peoples: 1st doses: 229,483 (80%); 2nd doses: 168,177 (59%)
  • Vaccines administered to Auckland residents to date (total): 2,282,830: 1st doses: 1,269,236 (89%); 2nd doses: 1,013,594 (71%)
  • Vaccines administered to Auckland residents yesterday (total): 41,081: 1st doses: 9,039, 2nd doses: 32,042

NZ COVID Tracer

  • Registered users (total): 3,303,543
  • Poster scans (total): 436,073,883
  • Manual diary entries (total): 18,429,641
  • Poster scans in 24 hours to midday yesterday: 2,553,481
New cases identified at the border

Arrival date 

From 

Via 

Positive test day/reason 

Managed isolation/quarantine location 

13 October

Awaiting full travel history

Qatar/Australia

Day 3 / routine

Auckland

11 October

USA

Direct

Day 3 / routine

Auckland

Waikato update

Four new cases were confirmed in the Waikato overnight. Two cases (one in Hamilton and one in Raglan) were known contacts of existing cases, including one individual who was already in managed isolation.

Investigations are underway to determine how the other two cases are connected to the current outbreak. One lives in Hamilton and the other has an address in Kihikihi. It is possible that the Kihikihi case is the source of the wastewater detections in Te Awamutu, however this has not yet been confirmed.

Waikato DHB is continuing to carry out regionwide testing and we are encouraging anyone with symptoms to get tested – particularly for residents of Raglan, Te Awamutu and Kihikihi. Testing will be available tomorrow in Kihikihi. The location of testing sites available today in the Waikato are below, and are also available on the Healthpoint website and the Waikato DHB website.

Pop-up testing site Te Awamutu
Te Awamutu Event Centre carpark, Gorst Avenue, Te Awamutu
Sunday 11–5pm

Pop-up testing site Hamilton
Te Kohao Health, 951 Wairere Drive, Hamilton East
7 days – 10am – 4pm

Claudelands Event Centre, Gate 3 Brooklyn Rd    
Thursday 14 – Sunday 17 October 10am –6pm

Pop-up testing site Raglan
Raglan Area School, Norrie Ave, Raglan
Thursday 14 – Sunday 17 October – 10am – 1pm

Super Saturday was a big success in the Waikato with 10,088 people getting out to be vaccinated. Of those people, 3,887 received their first dose and 6,201 their second dose. There were 6,080 swabs taken for testing around the region.

**Wastewater

Following two positive detections in wastewater samples in Wellsford, it can be confirmed that there is one household in the area with cases. Wellsford residents are urged to remain vigilant and get tested if they have any symptoms.

There is a pop-up community testing centre open today at Warkworth until 4pm – please call ahead to book your test. COVID-19 testing is also available at general practice and urgent care clinics. A pop-up testing centre will be operating in Kaiwaka from 10am to 5pm from tomorrow. For other testing locations, visit the Healthpoint website.

41 community cases of COVID-19; two new cases in managed isolation; 69,582 doses of vaccine delivered so far during Super Saturday

Source: New Zealand Ministry of Health

There are 41 new community cases today. As at 10am, 20 of these cases are linked, 13 of which are household contacts and 21 remain unlinked with investigations continuing to help determine their connection to the current outbreak. 

Super Saturday 

Super Saturday has kicked off strongly this morning with thousands of people around the country rolling up their sleeves for their COVID-19 vaccinations.

By 1pm, 69,582 people have been vaccinated today, 19,773 with their first dose and 49,809 with their second dose.  

Today’s numbers include 5,443 first doses and 6,004 second doses for Māori.

Today, 1,979 Pacific people have received their first vaccination and 4,215 the second dose.

In Auckland today 4,490 Aucklanders have had their first dose and 17,714 their second.

A huge range of events are underway around the country with more than 120 extra vaccination sites open – from the TSS Earnslaw in Queenstown to the Air New Zealand Jabaseat in Auckland.

Our first-ever Vaxathon launched at midday today to celebrate the regions with the biggest change in vaccination numbers and is featuring lots of well-known Kiwis who are mobilising to support Super Saturday.

The Unite Against Covid’s Super Saturday webpage is publishing regular data updates about the number of people getting their shots today around the regions and information about getting vaccinated, including free transport options and vaccination site.

A second Facebook live panel of experts was held at 9.30am today, with Dr Ashley Bloomfield, Dr Nikki Turner, Dr Siouxsie Wiles and Dr Vanisi Prescott answering more of the public’s questions about the COVID-19 Vaccine, moderated by Mihingarangi Forbes.

Vaccination remains our number one protection against COVID-19. The Vaxathon is encouraging New Zealanders – particularly young Māori, Pacific and people living with a disability to get vaccinated.

To best protect your whānau, community, and the rest of New Zealand we are asking you to help us reach your friends, whânau, and colleagues who may still have some hesitation about being vaccinated and need some help and support to get it done.

The more of us who are fully vaccinated, the more protection we will have.

Daily numbers

  • Number of new community cases *: 41
  • Number of new cases identified at the border: Two
  • Location of new community cases: Auckland (40); Waikato (1)
  • Location of community cases (total): Auckland 1,840 (1,228 of whom have recovered); Waikato 38 (2 of whom have recovered); Wellington 17 (all of whom have recovered)
  • Number of community cases (total): 1,895 (in current community outbreak)
  • Cases infectious in the community  : 35 of yesterday’s 64 cases have exposure events
  • Cases in isolation throughout the period they were infectious  : 25 of yesterday’s 64 cases
  • Cases epidemiologically linked: 20 of today’s 41 cases
  • Cases to be epidemiologically linked: 21 of today’s 41 cases. 
  • Cases epidemiologically linked (total): 1,748 (in the current cluster) (124 unlinked from the past 14 days)
  • Sub-clusters: Given the number of unlinked cases each day, subclusters are not currently being used in the active management of the outbreak in Auckland. Epidemiological links are being explored during case interviews and whole genome sequencing is being undertaken on all cases, but the focus is on isolating cases and identifying, testing and isolating close contacts.
  • Cases in hospital: 31 (total): North Shore (3); Middlemore (17); Auckland (11);
  • Cases in ICU or HDU: Six
  • Confirmed cases (total): 4,580 since pandemic began
  • Historical cases, since 1 Jan 2021 (total): 171 out of 2,765 since 1 Jan 2021

Contacts

  • Number of active contacts being managed (total):: 2,032
  • Percentage who have received an outbound call from contact tracers (to confirm testing and isolation requirements): 83%
  • Percentage with at least one test result: 75%

Locations of interest 

  • Locations of interest (total): 446 (as at 10am 16 October)

Tests 

  • Number of tests (total): 3,725,599
  • Number of tests total (last 24 hours): 24,285
  • Tests processed in Auckland (last 24 hours):  
  • Tests rolling average (last 7 days): 22,683
  • Testing centres in Auckland: 20

Wastewater

  • Wastewater detections: See below

COVID-19 vaccine update

  • Vaccines administered to date (total): 6,183,988; 1st doses: 3,526,668 (84%); 2nd doses: 2,657,320 (63%)
  • Vaccines administered yesterday (total): 69,663; 1st doses:14,037; 2nd doses: 55,626
  • Māori: 1st doses: 364,556; 2nd doses: 241,532
  • Pacific Peoples: 1st doses: 225,288; 2nd doses: 160,074
  • Vaccines administered to Auckland residents to date (total): 2,241,688: 1st doses: 1,260,137 (88%); 2nd doses: 981,551 (69%)
  • Vaccines administered to Auckland residents yesterday (total): 26,684: 1st doses:4,056, 2nd doses: 22,628

NZ COVID Tracer

  • Registered users (total): 3,301,211
  • Poster scans (total): 433,764,050
  • Manual diary entries (total): 18,354,647
  • Poster scans in 24 hours to midday yesterday: 2,592,825

New case identified at the border 

Arrival date 

From 

Via 

Positive test day/reason 

Managed isolation/quarantine location 

11 October

United States of America

Direct

Day 0 / routine

Christchurch

11 October

United States of America

Direct

Day 0 / routine

Christchurch

*Today’s cases

A previously reported community case has been identified as a duplicate and subsequently removed from the case tally. Our net increase today is 40 community cases.

A community case reported in yesterday’s figures has been reclassified and the net increase to yesterday’s figures is one less – 64.

Waikato update

There is one new positive COVID-19 case to report from the Waikato outbreak. The case is a household member of two existing cases and is already in a quarantine facility in Auckland.

Waikato DHB is continuing to carry out regionwide testing, to help rule out any undetected community spread of COVID-19.

Meanwhile, vaccination rates in Waikato remained high yesterday with 5,789 people receiving a dose – of these, 1,591 were first doses, and a further 4,198 were second doses.

Northland update

There was a steady number of tests – 1,593, completed in Northland yesterday; and demand for vaccinations was strong too, with 2,101 doses administered in total – of these 719 were first doses and 1,382 were second doses.

Locations of testing sites in various regions around the country are available on the Healthpoint website.

Woman connected to Northland pair in quarantine

An Auckland woman associated with the two women who travelled to Northland has tested positive for COVID-19 and is in an Auckland quarantine facility. She was in Northland with the other two women.

Public health officials have determined she wasn’t infectious while she was in Northland between 2-8 October. Her infectious period has been determined as beginning after she returned to Auckland.

Three household contacts and two other contacts have been identified by public health officials. These contacts follow a visit to a private home in Auckland and shared transport to the testing centre.

Wastewater results

There continues to be positive COVID-19 detections in wastewater samples taken from Raglan. This reflects known cases in the area who have been granted exemptions to isolate at home. However, symptomatic locals are encouraged to please get tested.

There have also been positive detections in wastewater from Beachlands and Pukekohe. These followed earlier detections at both sites on 8 October. People in these areas with symptoms are also asked to please get tested.

People in Wellsford are urged to get tested after two positive detections in wastewater samples. Further samples are currently being analysed. There are testing stations open today at both Wellsford and Warkworth, and a pop-up testing centre is expected to open on Monday in Mangawhai.

Next update 

The Ministry’s next update is scheduled for tomorrow (Sunday), via a 1pm statement.

Chief Human Rights Commissioner calls on New Zealanders to get vaccinated

Source: Human Rights Commission

The Human Rights Commission is calling on New Zealanders to get vaccinated this Super Saturday.

Chief Human Rights Commissioner Paul Hunt says getting vaccinated is about fulfilling your human rights responsibility to whānau, friends, neighbours, work colleagues, your community, and our indispensable health professionals.

“Human rights are not just about rights. They are also about our responsibilities to each other, including the responsibility to do all we reasonably can to keep each other safe,” says Hunt.

“This powerful idea is woven deeply into the fabric of our society. It’s a feature of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It’s common to all of New Zealand’s communities.”

“So, if you are not yet vaccinated, please go for it, demonstrating that you take seriously your rights, your relationships and your responsibilities.”

More information about Super Saturday can be found here.

EIT to host inaugural Wine Research Symposium | EIT Hawke’s Bay and Tairāwhiti

EIT to host inaugural Wine Research Symposium | EIT Hawke's Bay and Tairāwhiti

Source: Eastern Institute of Technology – Tairāwhiti

2 hours ago

An inaugural wine research symposium aimed at presenting recent New Zealand research to industry and helping develop an agenda for future wine industry related research is due to be hosted by EIT’s School of Viticulture and Wine Science later this month.

The one-day symposium called Advancing Viticulture and Wine Related Research on October 28, will feature researchers from EIT, the University of Auckland, Nelson-Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT), Lincoln University, and the Bragato Research Institute (BRI) among others.

Three EIT researchers will present papers at the symposium. Viticulture and Wine Science lecturer Dr Chandré Honeth will present on using deficit irrigation to modulate Syrah quality parameters, while her colleague Dr Victor Ye’s presentation will be on the characterisation of commercial examples of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Dr Rory Hill, Programme Coordinator and Lecturer – Wine Business and Innovation, will give a presentation entitled: Through a glass, darkly: what do we know about restaurant wine sales by the glass.

Sue Blackmore, Head of EIT’s School of Viticulture and Wine Science says interest in the symposium is very positive. She says the symposium is aimed at the local wine industry, researchers across New Zealand and EIT students.

“We see our role as assisting  collaboration with a range of research institutions and industry towards the future of research.”

“This is an opportunity for researchers in quite diverse areas of wine related research to present in a conference setting  and gain feedback from each other and the wine industry.

Chandré says: “This symposium is a fantastic opportunity to bring researchers in the field of winegrowing together, to generate discussion and encourage networking and collaboration across the various institutes in New Zealand.”

Rory says this symposium is important for researchers to present their findings, at a time when conferences and symposiums have been cut, curtailed, and postponed around the world.

“It is also a great chance for leaders and change-makers in the industry to learn about some of the latest developments, to network, and to talk to researchers,” he said.

Sue says the symposium is also a “fostering environment” for EIT students who will have an opportunity to present posters.

“It is also an opportunity for young researchers who have not necessarily done a lot of public speaking to hone their skills.”

More details about the symposium can be found here. It will go ahead under Alert Level 2 but will move online if Hawke’s Bay returns to Alert Level 3 and Alert Level 4.

Many options available at EIT Info Day | EIT Hawke’s Bay and Tairāwhiti

Many options available at EIT Info Day | EIT Hawke's Bay and Tairāwhiti

Source: Eastern Institute of Technology – Tairāwhiti

2 hours ago

EIT held an Info Day yesterday to showcase the wide variety of programmes it has available on its Hawke’s Bay campus in Taradale.

Scores of prospective learners attended, including many Years 11-13 students who gave up precious holiday time to get a taste of what it would be like to study everything from Creative Arts to Computing.  

Angela Botha, – Liaison and Engagement Team Leader, said it was a huge success with a steady stream of people throughout the day.

“We had people waiting at 8am even though we didn’t open until 9am so it was a very successful day.”

Prospective learners received information packs on programmes of interest and were given a guided tour by student ambassadors – current EIT learners, before speaking to programme staff.

“Where possible we try and pair them with a student ambassador from that programme so that they can talk about the course and what they enjoy about being a leaner at EIT.”

There are more than 180 certificate, degree and post graduate programmes available for full or part-time study.

She said there had been “heaps of interest” in the creative programmes at EIT’s IDEAschool, as well as mental health and addiction courses as part of the Social Work programme.

Gwenda Kevern, Head of School – Education and Social Sciences, says they are thrilled to have so much interest in the Social Work programme.

The Info & Enrolment Day is held three times a year – January, June and mid-October – and is a great opportunity for potential students interested in study to explore what EIT has to offer, Angela says.

This time, EIT partnered with Ministry of Social Development, StudyLink and Careers New Zealand who were on hand to provide information and support. Younited EIT Student Association also provided a free sausage sizzle.

“It is a new relationship that we have developed, and it is really important, I think, for students that come in asking about scholarships and assistance to be able to access that information directly,” Angela says.

StudyLink Liaison Officer Preston Tatana said they had people interested in finding out more about what they financial support they offer including with the student allowance and loan.

He said they had different enquiries ranging from teenagers coming out of high school to those already in employment but wanting a change of career.

SH2 Waihī to Tauranga works for week beginning Sun 17 Oct

Source: New Zealand Transport Agency

With schools going back next week, traffic along State Highway 2 is expected to resume normal flows. As we enter the main construction season (between September and April), you will see activity along this route start to ramp up.

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency Bay of Plenty System Manager Maintenance and Operations, Roger Brady, says Waka Kotahi is working hard with contractors and suppliers to deliver better journeys.

“In a number of instances, we have been able to change the way we carry out the works along SH2; avoiding Stop / Go operations and maintaining two-way traffic flow, doing patching works at night and keeping works in the busier areas to between 9am and 3pm.”

This is what you can expect to see along your journey this week between Waihī and Tauranga:

  • Athenree Curves area, east of Turners Road – from Sunday 17 October, maintenance pre-seal repairs will be carried out between 7pm and 5am, over several sites, starting east of Turners Road and may continue to Tuesday night. Expect minor delays of one to two minutes.
  • Francis Road to Ōmokoroa Road –Downer will be carrying out PowerCo works between 9.30am and 3pm on Tuesday 19 October. Expected delays of approximately five minutes.
  • Athenree Road to Tanners Point Road – road widening works continue throughout the week. Expect minor delays of one to two minutes.
  • Tanners Point Road to Kauri Point Road – power and watermain relocations are under way, with expected completion late-October. Expect minor delays of one to two minutes. 
  • Rea Road / Tetley Road intersection – works alongside the highway. Expect minor delays of one to two minutes.
  • Sharp Road to Sargent Drive – road widening works continue throughout the week. Expect minor delays of one to two minutes.

“We want to keep everyone safe, including our road workers. Speeding through roadworks puts the safety of other road users and our road workers at risk, and we ask that people please slow down, leave space and be patient.

“While delays can’t always be avoided, Waka Kotahi is striving to provide better quality information and advance notice of possible delays,” says Mr Brady.

“Considerable planning is done with our team and suppliers to look at historic traffic and travel trend data, and what worked and didn’t work last season. While we aim to complete the work with as little disruption as possible, the reality is there will be delays to journeys.

“Thank you to those people who take the time to give feedback to the team at Waka Kotahi, we are listening and always looking to improve our approach.”

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Highway renewal, South Canterbury, SH79 between Fairlie and Geraldine – 15 minute delays

Source: New Zealand Transport Agency

Earlier this year Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency completed the first section of highway surface renewal between Geraldine and Fairlie at Kakahu.

The second stage of this work kicks off next week, 18 October, and will take around five weeks to late November. The main work will begin after Labour Weekend.

Drivers will be delayed for up to 15 minutes during daytimes on weekdays while this work is underway, says Tresca Forrester, Journey Manager for Waka Kotahi.

Traffic signals and Stop/Go manual traffic management will be used throughout when the highway is down to a single lane. The school bus will be accommodated at its key times.

“Thanks to all regular road users for being a little bit patient while this work is completed ahead of the summer holiday period,” says Ms Forrester.

Updates on this project(external link)

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