I hope you are enjoying summer, beaches and ocean.
In a time when we are not able to travel or host here international performers, there is the best chance to explore our beautiful country and to know the talented New Zealand singers.
Let me please introduce my friend. Her name is Marina Bloom.
She is a Russian born singer-songwriter living in New Zealand. Marina developed a love for traditional Russian music alongside Western pop music and credits Celine Dion and Fleetwood Mac as her early influence.
But not only. A lawyer and business analyst who’s also devoted to human rights activism; she organises flash mobs with dance enthusiasts; expounds the benefits of raw food, and performs amazing songs.
Marina’s steadfast approach to creating soulful tunes has led to national radio interviews, international awards, a viral music video in 2016 with her silky pop ballad, ‘Heroes’– and to top it all off, her 2018 track ‘This Feeling’ (ft. mPHATic) hit the #1 position on the New Zealand iTunes Dance chart beating Bruno Mars to the punch.
Marina has written over 70 songs, formed a band and started performing in New Zealand.
She sings in two languages –English and Russian– and her diverse albums reflect that.
Described as ‘World Melodic Pop’, her music is a broad mix of pop, country and soft rock but also incorporates elements of world music.
Her latest album topped the NZ albums top 20 charts in January 2020, which she supported with the tour of New Zealand before the lockdown.
The 4th of February in The Tuning Fork with her new exciting visual show "Open your soul" Marina Bloom will unveil the new songs and will perform a few crowd’s favourites from her previous albums. The evening packed with award-winning music from this singer-songwriter is bound to entertain and tantalise your senses.
Performing with her band Marina Bloom is presenting her brand new album and playing the crowds' favourites from her previous chart-topping albums.
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Here's an important Covid-19 update:
Georgia Forrester and George Block
A Kmart and a vape store in Auckland are the latest locations linked to the movements of a person who has tested positive for Covid-19.
The owner of the vape store, Dark Vapes, in East Tamaki, said the closure of his shop on Wednesday for deep cleaning, followed by his mandatory self-isolation, would be tough for his small business.
Three new community cases of Covid-19 in south Auckland were announced on Tuesday.
The first was a student at Papatoetoe High School, which the Ministry of Health announced earlier in the day. Two other cases – the student’s siblings, who are a teenager and an infant – were confirmed on Tuesday evening.
Kmart in Botany, in east Auckland, and Dark Vapes are among the places of interest visited by one of the cases, with further locations expected to be released on Wednesday.
The teenager reported as a new case on Tuesday night works at Kmart Botany.
They were at work on Friday, February 19 and Saturday, February 20, between 3.30pm and 10.30pm.
The store was closed on Tuesday night, and a thorough sanitisation of the store was being carried out, a Kmart spokesperson said.
Thirty-one Kmart staff have been identified as close contacts and are self-isolating, the ministry said.
Any members of the public who visited Kmart Botany at the times the student was working is considered a casual plus contact, and must self-isolate at home immediately.
Casual plus contacts are those who would have been considered casual contacts, but have been upgraded due to the risk of the more transmissible strains of the virus.
“If you are a casual plus contact, you are advised to immediately isolate at home and call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 for advice on isolation time frames and testing requirements,” the ministry said.
One of the two high school students announced as new cases on Tuesday also twice visited Dark Vapes in East Tamaki, on Friday and Saturday.
The owner, who did not want to be named, said the store would be closed on Wednesday for deep cleaning, and he would isolate at home for 14-days, as per Ministry of Health advice.
“It's going to be tough for the business.”
He said the store would be able to reopen after cleaning as another staff member was available to help run it.
The owner did not know the identity of the case who visited.
A Ministry of Health spokeswoman said she was not sure which of the cases visited the store.
The visits to the vape store took place on Friday, February 19 between 2.30pm and 4pm, and also Saturday, February 20, between 7pm and 8.30pm.
People who visited the store during these times are considered to be casual-plus contacts.
More locations are expected to be released by the ministry on its website.