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Tēnā koe i tēnei ahiahi,

Today the very sad news that we have had our second death caused by Covid-19. Our thoughts are with her family and friends.

The numbers:

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Here's what we have learnt this Good Friday...

Niraj Thakur, his wife Anuradha and daughter Kiarra are stuck in India and worried about the future.

News snapshot

A Christchurch woman in her 90s who was living in the Rosewood rest home is our second Covid-19 death.

Director of Public Health Caroline McElnay said the "frail" woman could not have family around in her last days.

"However, hospital staff were able to provide her with comfort and support, and we thank them for that."

While the wage subsidy is helping many, there are a number falling through the cracks - from hospital workers to families stuck overseas. They are desperately looking for help. 

Triathlete Nicole van der Kaay has had a helping hand from her ingenious dad. Her lockdown training regime is going swimmingly after he converted the deer shed into a pool.

More choppy is the state of the world's economy. The IMF has issued another stark warning which is pretty short on positives.

I feel like we need to go out on a more uplifting note.

The lockdown has had a fantastic silver lining for two sisters who didn't know the other existed until late last year.  They're stuck together in Auckland making up for lost time.

Helping hand

Feeling under pressure to find innovative ways to keep the kids busy during lockdown? Just attending to their basic needs is enough right now (phew). 

If you do need to keep your little friends busy, give these podcasts a crack. Personally, I'm a big fan of Moe's work (that's him pictured below). He's just got a zest for life.
Moe music no problems

Bin there, but have you done it like this...

Weeks into their own lockdown, our Australian cousins have hit pay-dirt with this bonza, corker, bin tipper of a Covid-19 tradition.

The submissions range from the heartwarming to the ridiculous: lippy and a wedding dress from 1974 to garbage-themed Game of Thrones re-enactments (hashtag: #BinterIsComing).

If that's not sport enough for you, things really have gone to the dogs here.

Birthday best, for Sunday, from Donna to Sal Simpson from Lyttelton. She’s been super busy taking care of her family Dave, Abby and Archie.

Happy 10th wedding anniversary to essential worker Edward Hyde and his lovely wife Jules.

Remember you can get in touch with your birthday/anniversary wishes or to suggest a song for our Spotify playlist by emailing me.

I'm having a little break now till Tuesday. I hope you have a restful time and a happy Easter. May the Easter bunny (or whichever furry mammal you believe in) be generous and comforting. Kia kaha.
What great neighbours our Australian cousins are.
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