Welcome to The Spinoff’s stay updates for November 11, protecting all the most recent New Zealand information, up to date all through the day. Attain me on [email protected]
1.55pm: Vanuatu data first case of Covid-19
Vanuatu has recorded its first official case of Covid-19 – a person who flew into the island nation from america through Sydney and Auckland.
The person, based on RNZ, is now in quarantine in Port Vila.
1.00pm: One new case of Covid-19, in managed isolation; West Indies punished for isolation breach
There is only one new case of Covid-19 immediately, in managed isolation immediately. There aren’t any new neighborhood instances.
At present’s case arrived on November 3 from Romania through Qatar and Australia. They’re a member of the family of a earlier case from managed isolation and had already been transferred to the Auckland quarantine facility.
One beforehand reported case has now recovered, that means 52 energetic instances stay with 1,632 whole confirmed instances in New Zealand.
Yesterday our laboratories accomplished 5,995 checks for Covid-19, bringing the entire variety of checks accomplished so far to 1,148,933.
West Indies cricket crew coaching exemption revoked
The Ministry of Well being has immediately suggested that every one members of the West Indies males’s cricket crew who have been supplied sure exemptions from managed isolation guidelines will now be denied additional coaching privileges after breaking managed isolation guidelines inside their Christchurch facility.
The crew, right here to play New Zealand’s Black Caps, is within the managed isolation facility on the Chateau on the Park in Christchurch.
Following an investigation, members of the crew have been confirmed to have repeatedly damaged managed isolation guidelines. Many of those incidents have been captured on CCTV and have additionally been reported by employees. The incidents embrace teams mingling and sharing meals. The Ministry of Well being mentioned there is no such thing as a threat to the general public as all incidents occurred throughout the lodge facility.
“As with different sports activities groups which have come to New Zealand, the West Indies cricket crew got sure exemptions from the managed isolation guidelines which apply to everybody else. This included with the ability to be in bigger bubbles and prepare in preparation for his or her worldwide video games,” Ashley Bloomfield mentioned.
“It’s a privilege to return right here however in return they’ve to stay to the principles. Preserving Covid-19 out of our communities and protecting our employees secure is dependent upon it. They didn’t do this, regardless of agreeing to abide by the parameters of the exemption.”
Members of the crew will spend the rest of their time in managed isolation and unable to coach, Bloomfield mentioned.
Members of the crew are at present on day 12 of their isolation interval. The group might be examined immediately, and the native Medical Officer of Well being will decide whether or not the crew in its entirety meets the low threat indicators for launch. If there are any considerations, their interval in managed isolation could possibly be prolonged.
Proof might be supplied to Cricket West Indies to conduct its personal investigation, and any disciplinary motion it could contemplate applicable. The West Indies cricket crew are immediately discussing subsequent steps with NZ Cricket.
November quarantine cluster
Whereas CCTV doesn’t seize all actions across the Auckland quarantine facility, a evaluate of footage has not recognized a connection between Case A and the returnees who’ve an analogous genome. No different instances have this genome sequence, and all employees on the Auckland quarantine facility have returned a destructive end result so far. The investigation is ongoing into how transmission occurred.
All occupants of Case A’s lodging have returned destructive take a look at outcomes.
Genome sequencing for Case B matched that of Case A, confirming transmission of COVID-19 from the primary New Zealand Defence Drive employee to the second.
Of 58 shut contacts recognized for Case B, 56 have returned a destructive end result. The remaining two are pending.
The Ministry is at present working to replace its recommendation round entry to and use of N95 masks in MIQ amenities, together with medical standards and the availability chain. The recommendation might be finalised after which communicated appropriately to medical groups and managers in MIQ in coming days.
12.30pm: Judith Collins unveils Nationwide reshuffle; Goldsmith loses finance job
Paul Goldsmith has misplaced the finance position throughout the Nationwide Occasion, following a sequence of bungles earlier than the 2020 election.
Nationwide’s chief Judith Collins has simply unveiled the occasion’s new checklist rating and shadow cupboard. Solely 33 MPs stay within the occasion following the devastating election end result.
Changing Goldsmith within the finance position is Michael Woodhouse, who beforehand misplaced the well being position to Shane Reti after his involvement within the leaking of Covid-19 affected person particulars earlier within the yr. The finance portfolio has been cut up in half with Andrew Bayly, who jumped as much as quantity three on the occasion checklist, within the position of treasurer and income.
Bayly is the largest winner from immediately’s rating announcement, shifting up 14 spots on the checklist.
In the meantime, one of many largest losers is Gerry Brownlee. The previous deputy chief has dropped from quantity two on the checklist to quantity 15.
“We’ve solely bought 33 MPs – we will’t have anybody not pulling their weight,” Collins mentioned.
Regardless of some hypothesis, first time period MP Christopher Luxon has not dramatically shot up the ranks. He’s positioned at quantity 30 on the checklist.
With the lack of about 20 MPs, the occasion has additionally misplaced a few of its range. Judith Collins is the occasion’s spokesperson for Pacific Peoples (after accusations of weaponising her husband’s ethnicity in the course of the election marketing campaign) and Luxon is the spokesperson for Iwi growth.
As identified by the Herald’s Jason Walls on Twitter, inserting the Pacific Peoples’ portfolio high of the Nationwide Occasion checklist prompt will probably be a significant precedence for the occasion over the approaching time period.
The complete checklist rating and portfolios.
- Judith Collins – nationwide safety and intelligence, Pacific peoples, AI
- Shane Reti – well being, kids
- Andrew Bayly – treasurer, income, infrastructure, statistics
- Michael Woodhouse – finance, transport, deputy shadow chief of the home
- Louise Upston – social growth and employment, social funding, Whānau Ora
- Todd McClay – small enterprise, financial growth, tourism, affiliate Pacific peoples
- Simon Bridges – justice, water, Pike River re-entry, Māori-Crown relations
- Chris Bishop – Covid-19 response, shadow chief of the home
- Melissa Lee – broadcasting and media, digital financial system and communications, ethnic communities
- Scott Simpson – atmosphere, office relations, RMA (atmosphere)
- David Bennett – agriculture, horticulture, biosecurity
- Paul Goldsmith – training
- Mark Mitchell – public service, SOEs, sports activities and recreation
- Barbara Kuriger – vitality and sources, rural communities, meals security, affiliate transport
- Gerry Brownlee – international affairs, GCSB and NZSIS, affiliate finance
- Nicola Willis –RMA (housing), housing and concrete growth (together with social), affiliate financial growth
- Stuart Smith – local weather change, viticulture
- Jacqui Dean – conservation, assistant speaker
- Todd Muller – commerce and export progress, inner affairs
- Simeon Brown – police, corrections, SFO, youth
- Matt Doocey – chief whip, psychological well being, affiliate social growth and employment, affiliate well being
- Maureen Pugh – junior whip, neighborhood and voluntary sector, emergency administration
- Nick Smith – analysis and science, electoral reform
- Chris Penk – shadow attorney-general, defence, courts, veterans
- Simon O’Connor –customs, arts, tradition and heritage, affiliate international affairs
- Erica Stanford – immigration, early childhood training
- Ian McKelvie – seniors, forestry, racing, incapacity points
- Tim van de Molen – oceans and fisheries, animal welfare, constructing and development
- Nicola Grigg – ladies, affiliate commerce, affiliate arts, tradition and heritage
- Christopher Luxon – native authorities, iwi growth, affiliate transport
- Joseph Mooney – Treaty negotiations, affiliate defence, affiliate tourism
- Penny Simmonds – tertiary training, affiliate agriculture, affiliate incapacity points
- Simon Watts – ACC, affiliate well being
11.45am: Reserve Financial institution to reinstate LVR restrictions
Enterprise editor Michael Andrew writes:
The Reserve Financial institution of New Zealand is trying to reinstate loan-to-value ratio restrictions on high-risk lending early subsequent yr in an try to chill the housing market.
The restrictions – which dictate how a lot a financial institution lends towards mortgaged property in comparison with its worth – have been eliminated in Might to encourage home-buyers and lending as a part of the Covid-19 response.
However with file rises in median home costs throughout the nation over the previous six months, there have been requires the RBNZ to evaluate its resolution.
“We at the moment are observing fast progress in higher-risk investor lending. We are going to seek the advice of about re-instating the restrictions we had in place pre-Covid, which restricted the quantity of high-risk lending that banks may make,” RBNZ deputy governor Geoff Bascand mentioned.
The RBNZ would seek the advice of on the adjustments subsequent month.
11.20am: New fund launched to cut back carbon emissions from coal and fuel
The federal government has introduced a brand new $70 million fund that may permit companies to entry monetary assist to modify from coal and fuel to cleaner electrical energy.
It was one of many Labour Occasion’s pre-election guarantees as a part of its pledge to maneuver the nation towards zero emissions.
In a press release, prime minister Jacinda Ardern mentioned: “lowering greenhouse fuel emissions from course of warmth is win win for our local weather and our restoration.”
The Vitality Effectivity and Conservation Authority will administer the fund, which is out there to New Zealand-based companies who exhibit a dedication to decarbonising.
10.25am: Authorities presents assist for Napier after flooding
The federal government’s contributing $100,000 in direction of a “Mayoral Reduction Fund” to assist these most affected by the extreme flooding in Napier over the previous few days.
Minister for emergency administration Kiri Allan’s been within the area and met with locals and first responders in a single day.
“It’s nonetheless too early to grasp the complete value of the harm from this huge downpour, however it’s important,” Allan mentioned.
In the meantime, Reside Updates reader Okay-Ci Williams – a Napier resident – reached out to me yesterday, sending by means of a primary hand account and pictures of the flooding.
“Within the aftermath of Napier’s highest rainfall recorded because the sixties, a whopping 242.4mm of rain was recorded between 9am Monday and 9am Tuesday and 800 properties confronted their second evening with out energy,” Williams mentioned.
“Huge residential flooding brought on a piece of Napier Hill to break down onto a automotive yard, writing off a number of automobiles. Residents have been seen kayaking, paddle-boarding and whitebaiting within the floodwaters.”
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10.00am: Trump, days after dropping, continues to say he’ll win election
Outgoing US president Donald Trump has continued to proclaim he’ll win again the White Home, regardless of dropping the presidency a number of days in the past.
In a sequence of unhinged tweets in a single day, Trump has claimed “BALLOT COUNTING ABUSE” and “WE WILL WIN”. Two of his most up-to-date tweets have been labelled “disputed” by Twitter.
WE ARE MAKING BIG PROGRESS. RESULTS START TO COME IN NEXT WEEK. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 10, 2020
8.30am: Auckland Uni investigating ‘superspreader’ menace
Police and the College of Auckland are investigating a menace to unfold Covid-19 to minority teams throughout an upcoming examination.
The menace was posted on on-line discussion board “8Chan” by an nameless particular person, and there’s no proof but that it’s nothing greater than a hoax.
The person claimed to haven’t but been examined for Covid-19, however alleged that they’d come into contact with a confirmed case.
7.40am: Judith Collins poised to announce Nationwide reshuffle
Following the revelation yesterday that Shane Reti could be changing Gerry Brownlee within the deputy position, Nationwide Occasion chief Judith Collins will immediately be revealing her shadow cupboard.
With simply 33 MPs (a drop of about 20 from earlier than the election), it’s anticipated Collins might be giving some main promotions to a few of her remaining colleagues.
In the Herald, author Claire Trevett claimed the finance position could be taken away from Paul Goldsmith and cut up between two MPs: former chief Simon Bridges and Andrew Bayley.
It’s more likely to be loosely modelled on the “treasurer” and “finance minister” cut up which is utilized in Australia, based on Trevett, and could be the primary time the cut up roles appeared in New Zealand politics because the 90s: when Invoice Birch was finance and Winston Peters was treasurer.
Louise Upston can also be tipped for social growth, with Barbara Kuriger (former chief occasion whip) given heavier portfolio duties, and a potential position for brand new MP Christoper Luxon – the previous Air NZ head and a (doubtless) future Nationwide Occasion chief.
A report on RNZ this morning backed up the chance of Kuriger getting a promotion, but additionally prompt Mark Mitchell may be part of the financial crew and Christoper Luxon will doubtless get a push up the ranks as nicely.
7.30am: High tales from The Bulletin
It’s nonetheless raining closely in Napier, and the flooding harm has bought worse within the final 24 hours. As Stuff experiences, a whole bunch of homes skilled a second evening with out energy final evening, and a few are nonetheless in evacuation centres. Folks within the metropolis are nonetheless being urged to restrict water use to stop additional stress on the stormwater system. A state of emergency stays in impact.
The downpour was brought on by a convergence of things, exacerbated by local weather change but additionally sheer unlucky circumstances. The NZ Herald’s Jamie Morton writes that 463% of the typical month-to-month rainfall got here down within the area of some hours. A set of climate methods collided proper over high of Napier, versus out to sea or over a rural space. And as Niwa meteorologist Ben Noll put it, “in a hotter world, we’d count on these methods in 2020 to have the possibility to provide extra moisture than would have been the case again 50 years. So, when you can’t clearly pin local weather change on this one occasion, you may say that is what we count on to see extra of.”
The harm itself is absolutely severe. Stuff has reported on a neighborhood artist who got here worryingly near being killed by a landslide hitting the aspect of his home. Hawke’s Bay Today reported on a girl on Hospital Hill who was buried as much as her neck in mud, and had a fortunate escape. Radio NZ experiences this morning that at the very least 19 properties at the moment are uninhabitable, amid a whole bunch extra which were broken. Happily, no one has been killed on this catastrophe, however the financial impacts might be severe. Stuff spoke to a furnishings retailer proprietor whose showroom has now flooded twice in 15 years – he and his employees have a very painful few days of labor forward to get all of it cleaned up.
Is the infrastructure ready to deal with these types of occasions? Napier mayor Kirsten Sensible has mentioned the town’s pipes can deal with one-in-100 yr rainfall, however this was extra like one-in-250 years. However I believe it’s additionally price studying this piece from native weblog Napier in Frame, which is a little more skeptical in regards to the state of the infrastructure, and has the historic context to again that up.
There was one new case of Covid-19 in managed isolation.
Pharmaceutical large Pfizer introduced a breakthrough on a Covid-19 vaccine, with early trials suggesting it protects 90% of sufferers from contracting the virus.
The Nationwide caucus unanimously confirmed Judith Collins as chief and elected Shane Reti as deputy.
A large voter fraud in favour of the kiwi was uncovered within the Chook of the 12 months competitors.
A treasury replace put the deficit at $6.8 billion and crown debt topping $94 billion – a lot better numbers than forecasted in the course of the peak of the Covid disaster.
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