**UPDATED:** 1.22pm Sunday 28 February
The Prime Minister and the Director-General of Health are currently providing an update to media in the Beehive.
Ardern has confirmed that health authorities have found a possible person to person link for how Case M and N picked up Covid-19. This could eliminate concern that there are other chains of transmission to identify.
Ashley Bloomfield asked people to keep an eye out for atypical symptoms
"This new variant of the virus, the B117, does seem to be presenting with symptoms that are not the typical respiratory symptoms," he said.
If you have muscle aches, do consider this might be a Covid-19 symptom.
Auckland is now at Alert Level 3 and the rest of the country will move to Alert Level 2 until at least 6 March.
Here's what you need to know:
- Case M, the latest Covid-19 case, is a 21-year-old male, the older sibling of a Papatoetoe High School student.
- If you have symptoms of concern, call the NZ Covid-19 Healthline on 0800 358 5453 or call your GP.
- Find your closest Covid-19 testing location on the Healthpoint website
- Essential services such as supermarkets and pharmacies will remain open.
- Customer-facing businesses will need to move to non-contact methods of payment and collection.
- See the full list of guidelines under Alert Level 3 and Alert Level 2
- Keep up-to-date with the latest by following the Stuff live blog
Neighbourly will be updating this message as further information comes to hand.
Kia ora neighbours,
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- Kirsten Williams from Strowan
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- Helen Garwood from Kimbolton
- Alannah Schlaadt from Rangiora
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Have you got what it takes to join your local water committee?
Environment Canterbury have put out a call for Cantabrians to join their local water zone committees, with 9 out of 10 bodies requiring new members.
The committees' responsibility is to develop various plans of action that aim to deliver on Environment Canterbury's water conservation goals as published in the Canterbury Water Management Strategy.
Targets include improvements to the local ecosystem, efficient water usage and adherence to the principles of Kaitiakitanga - a Māori worldview on environment management.
Lower Waitaki Water Zone Committee Chair Bruce Murphy was selected to his local committee a few years ago and is pleased with the work that has been done to improve the health of his local waterway.
"I joined the committee to continue improving the health of Waikakahi Stream, which 25 years ago was in a bad state. Thanks to buy-in from the community, it is now a healthy fishery and I want to keep it that way," he said.
Applications close May 10.
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How has being close to someone who has trained and practises psychotherapy affected you?
Very little research has been conducted into the experiences of people close to psychotherapists and I believe this is an important area of inquiry.
I would like to meet and interview people about their experiences with the intention of understanding how being close to a person who has trained and practises psychotherapy impacts the lives of significant others.
I am looking for people who meet the following criteria:
• Partners, children, parents, or siblings of someone practising psychotherapy
• Have lived with the person practising psychotherapy for a period of more than five years during and/or after their training.
• Are over the age of 18 years
Confidentiality all information shared will be treated with absolute confidentiality. All efforts will be made to ensure participants remain unidentifiable in the final report and your privacy respected at all times.
If you agree to participate, then I would interview you for approximately one hour and no more than ninety minutes.
A small koha will be offered in appreciation of participation.
If you think you would like to participate or have any further questions, please contact Jane Tuson firstname.lastname@example.org or 021 716622. I can send a full participation information sheet to you.
Ngā mihi kia koutou katoa
(Jane Tuson is a practising psychotherapist and doctoral student at Auckland University of Technology). Approved by AUT Ethics Committee (AUTEC) 2 November 2020 / application 20/322.