Hi Auckland neighbours,
A leading coronavirus expert is urging the Government to make scanning mandatory at such potential "super-spreader" venues as bars and nightclubs.
The pleas follow figures revealing daily use of the Covid Tracer app has plummeted to a fifth of its peak.
Last Monday, a total of 515,759 scans were recorded nationwide, down from the high of 2.5 million on September 4.
Epidemiologist Dr Michael Baker said the next six months would be a “very dangerous” time for the country with a high risk of an outbreak while waiting for the vaccine roll-out in April.
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The Sunday Star-Times is looking into the rise of transportable/ kit-set/ pre fabricated homes. The upsides are build-efficiency, quality of design, and cost. The downsides appear to be land supply, red-tape with council and difficulty getting lending from banks. If you're willing to share your experience - good or bad - email email@example.com, otherwise leave a comment. Is there an aspect of transportable housing you'd like us to enquire about for you?
I was hoping to get in contact with someone from the Māori, Pasifika and Indian community who have either struggled to find a rental or buy a home.
The housing crisis has affected all three groups particularly badly, so if there's anyone who comes from these groups who is willing to talk please drop me a message: firstname.lastname@example.org
How worried are you about coastal erosion in Auckland?
Auckland's shoreline could recede by 200m by 2130 if little to no action on climate change is taken.
The report, titled "Predicting Auckland's exposure to coastal instability and erosion", details the impacts this will have on communities the Auckland region.
Sea level rise is notoriously difficult for scientists to follow and this has meant coastal erosion rates have been difficult to predict.
New Zealand's sea levels have risen an average 1.67mm per year since 1989, but the Ministry of Environment says this will accelerate if little action is taken on climate change.
What do you think should be done about it? Share your thoughts below and don't forget to type NFP if you don't want your comments used in your local community newspaper.