Shot Bro - Covid buses will start operating from this morning to boost vaccinations in harder-to-reach parts of the community.
Experts warn the only way for New Zealand to avoid lockdowns is to have at least 90 per cent of the eligible population vaccinated. The buses are being unveiled at Auckland Airport Park & Ride facility. The converted black and orange Park & Ride buses have vaccinate signs posted on their sides. One reads "Roll up your sleeves, Auckland". Another sign says "Vaccinate for Auckland". Labour MP Willie Jackson said the answer to boosting vaccination among Māori and Pasifika people was to enlist the help of people from within those communities.
"Our people know our people." Jackson said he was pleased to see the support at community level for vaccines.
"I'm really excited because we need to get out into these communities in South Auckland," he said. The buses would help those who may have been reticent or not had easy access to vaccines. Auckland Mayor Phil Goff said: "We are taking the vaccine to the people." The aim was to get up to 80 per cent of Aucklanders having had one shot of the vaccine by the end of the week. While the current lockdown was the right decision, the country could not rely on lockdowns forever. The six buses - on loan to the Northern Region Health Coordination Centre - will act like pop-up vaccination clinics. Pukekohe is one of the first areas a bus will visit this afternoon. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern this week asked for names for the "Mr Whippy"-style vaccine bus service and has now narrowed it down to four favourites - Jabba Waka, Shot Bro, Jabbin' Wagon, Vaxi Taxi.
An exciting way to stay active during the Covid-19 lockdown, explore Auckland and win prizes has arrived in the form of the Street Art Bike Challenge.
To participate people simple need to snap a photo of themselves, their bike, a piece of street art, and share the photo with the hashtag #streetartbikechallenge.
The event will run throughout October and aims to encourage people to cycle around the city and stay active throughout the Covid-19 lockdown.
It is being hosted by EcoMatters Bike Hubs, who have compiled a map of over 200 street art pieces around Auckland to get people started.
Over $1000 worth in prizes are up for grabs. Will you be participating in the Street Art Bike Challenge?
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It has been an exciting two weeks for our Foundation students learning some classic dishes. Here are some of their delicious dish photos.
1. Pea and ham soup
2. Waldorf salad made up of potatoes, capers, gherkins and streaky bacon
3. French onion soup
4. Vegetable Lasagne with Béchamel sauce
The Tūpuna Maunga o Tāmaki Makaurau have provided safe haven for us all during the 2021 COVID-19 lockdowns (as they did last year), and now it’s our turn to protect these precious taonga.
The Maunga will be closed to the public in the evenings during Guy Fawkes 2021.