Asked how she feels about being made a dame, Dr Juliet Gerrard is somewhat lost for words, an unfamiliar position for the woman whose job is distilling the most up-to-date scientific information for those making the decisions that will shape our future.
Gerrard, currently Jacinda Ardern’s chief science advisor, has been named a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the New Year Honours.
While she hasn’t really processed what it means on a personal level, it hasn’t stopped the Freemans Bay resident from sharing the news with her 75-year-old mum in the United Kingdom, who got a kick out of getting the good news on her birthday.
Flights from India to New Zealand will be suspended for two weeks in a bid to curb the rising number of travellers testing positive on arrival.
Stuff reported the restrictions ahead of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's announcement that officials had recommended the drastic and unprecedented move in light of a massive wave of cases in India.
At a press conference in Auckland on Thursday afternoon, Ardern announced that no-one who had recently been in India would be allowed into the country until April 28.
The ban covers all travellers, including New Zealand citizens and permanent residents.
This suspension will take place from 4pm on April 11 and will be in place until April 28.
India is currently battling a massive resurgence of the virus, with about 116,000 new cases announced on April 6 alone.
Auckland barrister Grant Illingworth, QC, said that under civil aviation law the Government could deny entry to aircraft and vessels from other countries.
New Zealand citizens have the right to enter the country and that right could not be taken away except by authority from Parliament, Illingworth said.
“But just because a New Zealand citizen is on a plane doesn’t mean that the whole plane will be allowed to come to New Zealand, and the Government almost certainly does have the authority to shut down flights from particular countries.”
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Aucklanders are being called to have their say about the new layout of the Arthur Grey low traffic area in Onehunga.
The people-friendly area will be trialled for the next two weeks.
It is designed to allow access to cars but stop them from using the location as a short-cut.
Trials have been taking place around Arthur St and Grey St in Onehunga, and Eastview Rd in Glen Innes as part of the national Innovating Streets for People pilot fund.
Local Board chair Chris Makoare said it was critical to get enough feedback to make the best decisions for communities.
He has urged members of the public to be patient and to complete the online survey on the stage 1 layout.
The board wants to know what residents think about the area being trialled, about road safety, traffic speeds and volumes.
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