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Tēnā koe i tēnei ahiahi,


There are, as the PM has said, some "idiots" out there but there are also superb human beings doing wonderful things. Kayla Simpson, 16, is one of those. She's pictured below. Let's be good for the sake of people like her. They're helping keep us together.

Here's today's news:

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Let's learn more about Kayla...

News snapshot


Usually being a 16-year-old girl would mean three things; school, friends and finding a job. For Kayla Simpson it includes being an essential worker during a pandemic (what an amazing young adult).

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said she didn't want to be in lockdown for a minute longer than needed but at the same time there was no plan to leave it too early. Data was very important.

There needed to be a heavy focus on testing and contact tracing. The community spread had to be brought under control.

Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield says 13 people are in hospital, three in ICU - one in Wellington and two in Auckland. One of them is in a critical condition. We could be encouraged by daily case numbers staying at a similar level, but health authorities were still looking for a drop.

"Our aim is to stamp it out," Dr Bloomfield said.

Malfeasance is also something we should be keeping under heel. An Auckland woman says she was shocked that her boss applied for the government's wage subsidy under her name after making her redundant.  

On the East Coast they're doing their best to stop Covid-19 from arriving. Illegal community checkpoints there are being credited with the virus' low presence in the region. 

Nothing is stopping Opposition leader Simon Bridges. He is defending his decision to commute between Wellington and his Tauranga home.

This honeymoon couple would love nothing more than a bit of a commute now, as being in paradise could bankrupt them.

Elsewhere, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is receiving hospital treatment for Covid-19; the Queen has effectively told us to keep calm and carry on and the US is bracing for a dramatic rise in deaths.

Helping hand


We have continued to be inundated with questions about the wage subsidy and employee/employer rights. Today we tackled a heap more and you can catch up on the answers here.

A crowdfunding campaign has been launched to help deliver food packs to children's homes in Auckland and Wellington. Find out how you can help.

It's a very good yolk


Brilliant simplicity is the mark of genius. I give you this as an example. Please click on it. Your day will be complete.

While many of you may wish to break free (you need to have clicked on the above link for that to make sense) unfortunately it is not the time to be taking your family-based singing troop up a hilltop.

This kind of idiocy is permissible.

I'm very keen to hear from young people about their experiences during the lock down. If you have a budding writer in da house [ed's note: oh, Glen, no] then get them to email me about what their lockdown is like.

Many happy birthday returns to Karen Cooper from husband Brian. 

To finish, a pet picture above. I won't be doing pets everyday but it's Monday, so in Garfield's honour I give you Milton... kia kaha.
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