Front-line health workers in Waitematā DHB are beginning to get their Covid-19 vaccinations.
It comes a week before the DHB officially launches its vaccination programme for its 8600 staff.
In a media release, the DHB said it would start with 1820 higher-risk staff members who are more at risk of contracting the virus through direct patient contact if community transmission was to occur.
North Shore Hospital emergency department nurse Tegan Mayo received her first dose of the Pfizer vaccine this week.
"The whole process was painless and I encourage everyone to get vaccinated when the opportunity arises, Mayo said.
"It was exciting and I was glad to be part of history being made."
Vaccination clinics for healthcare workers have been set up at both North Shore Hospital and Waitākere Hospital.
DHB chief executive Dale Bramley said vaccinations beginning was an important milestone in protecting the community from Covid-19.
"An incredible amount of work has gone on to get these clinic up and running and the vaccination of our staff will provide yet another layer of protection for all those who use and visit our facilities."
Downtown Auckland is going through huge transformation with its various streetscape and transport projects. But in stark contrast, several plots of land worth hundreds of millions of dollars have sat as car parks since buildings were knocked down in the 1980s.
The Elliott St car park sits on a 4417 square metre plot of land, valued at $82.5 million.
The land has sat undeveloped as a car park - where an hour will cost you $19 - since the Royal International Hotel was demolished in 1987.
It was purchased by Singapore company NDG Asia Pacific (NZ) Limited for $53m in 2012, and in 2017 the company was given approval by the Overseas Investment Office to build and operate a 52-storey, five- star Ritz-Carlton Hotel, with 300 guest rooms, four floors for hotel facilities, six for retail and five for car parking.
The development is expected to cost $350m, with the start of construction dependent on the completion of City Rail Link. However, the resource consent for the tower is due to expire in October.
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Did you use to belong to the 1st Auckland Cavell Girl Guide Unit?
If so, the brigade wants to hear from you!
The 1st Auckland Cavell Girl Guide Unit turns 100 in July and is still seeking old girls to join the celebrations.
One of the first girl guide units to be formed in Auckland, the group is gearing up to commemorate its centenary.
A social afternoon is planned for July 3, kicking off at 2pm with historic guiding activities such as knot tying and making arm slings.
Guests will be treated to afternoon tea and a birthday cake before photographs are taken of the girls.
The day will end with a singalong around the campfire.
The next day, a church parade will march through St Andrews Church, Epsom, where the unit has been meeting since 1921.
Parishioners are invited to a morning tea after the procession.
The unit, initially known as the St Andrew's Peace Scout Group, is believed to be the first guide company which has kept going since it was launched.
It all started when eighteen-year-old Mona Burgin wrote to the Dominion chief scout Colonel Cosgrove, a New Zealand Boer War veteran, asking about Girl Peace Scouts.
He arranged to meet her in Queen St, Auckland and wrote she would recognize him by the red flower in his buttonhole.
Soon after the meeting Burgin formed the troop on July 6.
Girl Peace Scouts wore khaki uniforms and the St Andrews troop wore a red open-ended tie.
In 1923, the Dominion Council became affiliated with the original Girls Guides Association in London.
*Former unit members can email firstname.lastname@example.org for details of the centenary.