Coronavirus cases highly likely to arrive in NZ , health officials say as they seek extra quarantine powers
There is a high chance that the deadly coronavirus will make it to New Zealand, health officials say, but that doesn't mean you should panic.
Director-General of Health Dr Ashley BloomfieldBloomfield said cases in New Zealand of the new outbreak, which has killed 56 people and infected thousands overseas, were likely.
Hospitals ICU units were already stepping up in preparation for the possibility of severely ill people with the virus. This was because while the virus was unlikely to kill anyone in New Zealand, figures out of China show about one-in-five people who were infected became severely ill.
Read more about coronavirus and New Zealand's response here
Why not pop along to The Culture Galore Festival - tomorrow 22nd Feb at at Ray Blank Park, 46 Maidstone Road, Ilam from 12 noon to 4pm.
Our fab CAB volunteers will be there as well as activities, music and lots of yummy food to try .
Reminder, this has just come onto the market first weekend open home tomorrow Sunday 23 February 2.30pm - 3pm
Canterbury authorities have dropped their goal of 20 million annual bus trips by 2020 as public transport use declines in Christchurch.
The service, run by regional council Environment Canterbury (ECan), is to be overhauled in a plan that will contribute to a planned 9.8 per cent rates increase – almost double what was previously forecast.
Read more here and tell us what you think of ECan's plan in the comments below.