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Tēnā koe i tēnei ahiahi,


This will likely (promises, promises) be our last newsletter for the week.  It's good to have some Covid-19 free time. I want to thank everyone who has sent in such wonderful messages and questions. You can keep up with the latest news at rnz.co.nz and on-air.

Here are the big headlines from today: 

You can join the conversation on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram or send me a message. Contribute to our Covid-19 podcast by downloading the RNZ VoxPop app and sending an audio message. Help us reach more New Zealanders by sharing the sign up for this newsletter.

Let's get into the news and then a few items to cheer you up... you will likely need it.

PM praises lab staff

News snapshot


A man in his 70s is in Nelson Hospital's intensive care on a ventilator, Director General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield says.

The man was one of two patients who was not in a stable condition at the moment.

The news came after a major supplier of medical safety equipment said there was not enough protective equipment available, despite Government assurances.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern took the chance to praise medical lab scientists, who were working around the clock to provide all-important test results.

Overseas, the US now has the world's most Covid-19 cases but sharemarkets appeared to think that wasn't so bad (the mind boggles); Italy is starting to see a slowdown in the number of new cases and Michelle Obama has described her family's daily routine (insomnia cure at last).

In more endearing news, an Auckland flower wholesaler seized an opportunity to bring some joy to people's lives. Very classy. 

And in Britain people have been venturing to their doors to sing happy birthday to neighbours.

Bless 'em.

Helping hand


We have been getting a lot of questions about what people in shared custody or sole-parenting situations should do. Here's a starter for 10.

A public health expert is urging people to change their behaviour during the lockdown period, as will help save up to 80,000 lives.

If you just want a distraction, treat yourself to some of these. Admit it, you love Gossip Girl. 

Still a bit confused about what is an essential service during lockdown? Read this. Or immerse yourself in the joys of the official Covid-19 website.
 
Wellington Paranormal's Karen O'Leary/Photo: Stan Alley

Some public service announcements


If you don't do swearing, then this clip from legendary BBC show, The Thick of It, is not for you. It is, however, proving a very popular way to ensure people get the message.

Less blue in language, more in uniform, is this equally helpful and entertaining all-points-bulletin from the Wellington Paranormal team and NZ Police.

But it is hard to beat this video. It's absolute, pure joy. And it will be a serious challenge to better it. Go on, have a go.I'd love you to.

Our RNZ fans' Covid-19 pick-me-up Spotify playlist grows longer every day. But I'm going to say it here, so everyone knows, I'm not adding any more songs from my younger brother. Yes, Troy, that's you.

Super massive birthday best wishes from Marie to Terrence, Martin and Ivayla, who were planning to get together before Covid-19 crashed the party. And from Martin to his sister Michelle, who has reached the big 40. He's sorry you weren't able to go to Switzerland too.

If you fancy an old-school birthday shout-out in this wonderful newsletter, then drop me a line.

I may be in the news business, but I hope you can get some time away from it over the weekend. Kia kaha.
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