A 3-D printer is being used by a Dunedin architecture firm to create protective gear for those on the frontline against Covid-19. Damien van Brandenburg, of Architecture Van Brandenburg, and his team are using their 3-D printer to make face masks and provide them to essential workers. Damien van Brandenburg, of Architecture Van Brandenburg, holds one of the masks he made on a 3-D printer, which would be given to essential workers, to help protect against Covid-19. Mr van Brandenburg said he had ordered about $4000 worth of print material before the lockdown and each mask would cost about $6 to make. He asked for anybody with a 3-D printer to contact him.
March 31, 2020 22:18 UTC
The single, empty, Air New Zealand plane over the country this morning. Air NZ had just one plane in the skies this morning, and it was empty. Just when you thought airline news couldn't get any more astonishing, Air New Zealand has revealed domestic rush hour this morning involved just one plane in New Zealand skies - with no passengers. The national carrier has dramatically reduced its usual flying in response to Covid-19; only flying essential workers domestically and dropping 95 per cent of its international capacity. The airline's Chief Revenue Officer Cam Wallace this morning revealed that the usual morning rush hour had just one flight operating across New Zealand, an ATR-72 from Nelson to Auckland.
March 31, 2020 21:22 UTC
Outdoor equipment retailer Kathmandu is planning to raise about $207 million to help see it through the store closures and uncertainty due to the coronavirus pandemic. The result included costs of $10.1 million related to its purchase of Australian surf label Rip Curl for A$350 million (NZ$368m). Sales rose to $363.7 million from $232 million a year earlier. Kathmandu will issue about 413 million new shares, representing 140.3 per cent of existing shares, through a $30 million institutional placement and a $177 million offer to shareholders. In Kathmandu, Oboz, and Rip Curl, we believe that we have authentic and inspirational brands that will attract loyal customers for the long-term."
March 31, 2020 20:44 UTC
April Morel died on Monday after slipping and falling from a cliff in Diamond Harbour. April Morel, 35, went missing on Monday after going for a run with the family dog in Diamond Harbour. A desperate search by her father, Don Martin, ended sadly later that day when he found her body lying on the rocks below a cliff. "She is a very strong person, a very fit person, and not the sort of person that takes incredible risks or anything. Morel loved to travel and dancing under the stars for hours was one of her favourite things to do.
March 31, 2020 20:37 UTC
Is Covid-19 the "big one" about which Dr Robert Webster has been warning the world? You have repeatedly said it is not "if" but "when" a deadly pandemic such as the 1918 Spanish flu hits again. Like the 1918 Spanish influenza, the big one will cause a higher death rate. RNA vaccines, DNA vaccines and protein sub-unit vaccines are all under study. Passive immunisation with globulins prepared from recovered patients was about 50% effective for the 1918 Spanish influenza.
March 31, 2020 20:26 UTC
A second case of coronavirus in Te Anau has been confirmed. Photo: ODT filesA second Covid-19 case has been confirmed in Te Anau this morning by a local doctor, who says it is not due to community transmission, but linked to the World Hereford Conference. "This case also had direct contact with the World Hereford Conference, and this does not mean that we have community transmission. The World Hereford Conference, held in Queesntown from March 9-13, is now connected to 24 New Zealand cases, including five new cases announced yesterday. The 400 or so conference delegates from 20 countries travelled widely in New Zealand.
March 31, 2020 20:15 UTC
Associate Professor Don Clucas and his med student daughter, Emma, have designed a prototype face shield for the Christchurch DHB. More than 70 businesses have signed up to a new register for businesses prepared to switch to making face masks and other protective gear. One effort, called Project Face Shield, has gathered together volunteers with 3D printers to make full-face barriers according to easily accessed plans on the internet. "Many of the business reached out to say they could reconfigure their operation to do face masks and other equipment." SUPPLIED Clothing company Cactus Outdoor has turned its entire operation to making face masks.
March 31, 2020 20:15 UTC
Photo: Getty ImagesNew Zealand has been able to procure a "large number" of ventilators from international suppliers, even as global demand for the life-saving machines is soaring. Health Minister David Clark told Morning Report he expected the ventilators to be on stream within the next month. It is a relatively low number per capita - with only 4.7 intensive care beds per 100,000 people compared to 35 per 100,000 in the United States and 29 in Germany. The ventilator deal capped real gains in Covid-19 intensive care planning nationwide, he said. That included District Health Boards (DHBs) training staff to run the ventilators and making space to accommodate the new machines.
March 31, 2020 19:52 UTC
I'm so excited to teach you how to make your own rainbow woven wall hanging. Wool roving: You'll need about six colours of wool roving for the rainbow, plus some cream or white for the background. Tip: The better quality wool roving is much easier to work with and doesn't fluff up or snag as much. Balls of Wool: Choose a ball of wool to match each colour of wool roving you've chosen. I also recommend pulling the wool roving apart so that each piece is divided into 2 or 3 strands thick.
March 31, 2020 18:45 UTC
"To add this [minimum wage increase] on top is going to be extremely difficult at this time, that’s for sure. "These are the same groups that argue against minimum wage increase in any weather. She said the increase was vital for the hundreds of thousands of minimum wage earners who were also "doing it tough" through the Covid-19 pandemic. "Many minimum wage workers are also on the Covid-19 frontlines, including in security and cleaning. "While the minimum wage will still be short of the living wage, the increase is a hell of a lot better than nothing."
March 31, 2020 18:33 UTC
A man infected with Covid-19 is upset the Ministry of Health identified him in a list of significant clusters of the disease. The Airforce Rugby team, a wedding in Bluff, and a compost company are some of the latest Covid-19 clusters announced Tuesday by the Ministry of Health. READ MORE:* Living Earth revealed as Christchurch Covid-19 cluster* Coronavirus: Two clusters linked to Marlborough* Eight southern cases linked to Bluff weddingROSA WOODS Coronavirus testing takes place outside Wellington Hospital on Tuesday. The DHB said Marlborough Alzheimers group members who were close contacts of the confirmed case were being monitored. It said the Marlborough Alzheimers cluster was a series of seemingly linked cases that were currently being investigated.
March 31, 2020 18:11 UTC
Stephen McCarthy has designed a printable activity diary for children to do during the lockdown. It was day four of the nationwide Coronavirus lockdown, and the director of Christchurch design studio, McCarthy, decided to make his idea reality. To create My Lockdown Diary he immediately started sketching the 28 pages of the diary, added detail and quickly made a website. I hope children in lockdown in other countries might find it useful too." To create the printable diary, he also drew on previous experience working on post-earthquake community campaign All Right.
March 31, 2020 18:11 UTC
Across New Zealand, coronavirus has brought the hospitality industry to its knees, Josephine Franks reports. But she's struggling to see a time when she'll need the staff to serve a full restaurant on a Saturday night. "People just aren't going to be going out and going, 'Oh, yeah, I'm gonna drop 100 bucks tonight on dinner'." But the Christchurch hospitality industry has a unique resilience, he says, having weathered the "significant trauma" of the earthquakes followed by last year's mosque attack. Krishna Botica sums up what the last weeks have been like for people in the hospitality industry: "a tornado".
Wellington city is physically off limits, but a new virtual reality game and 360 experiences featuring the city's experiences are easing withdrawal pains. The WellTown virtual reality (VR) game makes Wellington the world's first gamified virtual city, offering virtual reality and 360 experiences which feature local businesses and attractions. For those without a VR headset, there are a range of 360 Wellington experiences to be found on Youtube. Supplied Play with a real local Wellington band on Cuba St in WellTown, a VR tour of Wellington city. Supplied Explore the night sky in Wellington with a new VR game, which lets you explore the sights and sounds of the capital city.
EDITORIAL: There's a real prospect that people with drug and alcohol dependencies will be climbing the walls that surround them in the coming weeks. For those who do, help will be available even if some of the usual support structures will themselves be facing lockdown challenges. Generally it's also appropriate that the nation's abiding drug of choice, alcohol ,is still available, albeit in measured quantities. It's dope harvest season and as a group, cannabis users have more underlying health problems than most, particularly in the respiratory systems that Covid-19 assails. But it doesn't do us much good collectively to take a lofty, censorious approach to those battling substance abuse problems.