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Welcome one and all. I'm keeping this intro brief today. No mucking around. 

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PM Jacinda Ardern does a u-turn

News snapshot


A Northland mother with a severely disabled son says confirmation that two disability support workers have caught Covid-19 confirms her worst fears.

She and thousands like her have been asking the Government for personal protection equipment.

In perhaps the least surprising news of the day, the national state of emergency was extended for another week. Odds on I will be able to copy and paste that sentence again next Tuesday.

The number of new cases confirmed was lower than for some days, but it may just be due to fewer courier drivers working at the weekend. Yes, you read that right.

The Government has done a little u-turn and will allow some community newspapers to print, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced.

Likewise, if you are having trouble with your whiteware or the cold is creeping in, you will be able to spend your cash with some shopping rules relaxed.

Rules for immigrants without work visas have also been freed up.

Spare a moment of kind thought for this Australian astrophysicist who got four magnets stuck up his nose in an attempt to invent a Covid-19 safety device.

I have some sympathy. As a young man I was experimenting with some ball bearings in a physics class when I decided to place one in my ear. The end result: me standing in front of the laughing class as our teacher used a magnet to get it out. 

Helping hand


No story has more fitted the title of this section so far than this: Since last week Christchurch woman Belinda Clark has been clapping at the end of her drive for one minute at 7pm daily to show her appreciation to essential workers. You can join in too.

One of the areas we have had the most questions on in the last two weeks, if it is even that long, is the wage subsidy and employee rights. Lawyer Ashleigh Fechney goes into some detail for us here.

In addition, she joined fellow legal eagle Simon Martin to answer a bunch of audiences queries. 
LeBron ready to shoot some hoops

If only it was a teddy bear's picnic


Bear with me. "Literally, like, actually," as my daughter would say.

You are probably familiar with the teddy bear window movement which has swept the globe (rather worryingly it and the virus have spread at a similar rate).

Quick plot exposition: People have been placing their cute and cuddlies in windows for children to spot on walks.

Some, however, have taken it to new heights. Like these good people.

My younger brother (the one banned from suggesting any more tracks for our Covid-19 Spotify playlist) is doing his utmost to impress me along the above lines. 

He and my sister-in-law are changing LeBron's window garb daily (see image above). So far he has played basketball, done the gardening and been to the beach.

It's all about the small things.

Speaking of which, my good friends at Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan have kicked off a Lego critter building competition. Get your entry to them by midday on Friday via jesse@rnz.co.nz.

And who can resist the sweet, sweet musical stylings of the Village People? I know you are looking round for someone to accuse but go easy on your bubble mates. Whoever those sad people are, it's certainly not these groovy apartment dwellers. 

A big birthday shout out from mum to Prebbleton's Amanda Hawke, who turns 31 today. She hopes you, little Max and husband Jamie party enough for everyone.
 
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