Covid-19 live updates, March 25: Prince Charles tests positive; emergency alert goes out

The latest news as New Zealand prepares to go into lockdown, updated through the day.

Lessons from lockdown France

In Paris, the institution of a lockdown triggered a great deal of scoffing and appeals to liberty. Now it's New Zealand's turn.

The case for a huge Covid-19 benefit reform

With mass unemployment coming, some existing benefit rules are going to exacerbate people’s problems.

Covid-19 NZ live updates, March 24: Dairies stay open, not liquor stores; three more cases from Auckland school

The latest news as New Zealand prepares to go into lockdown, updated through the day.

Politics Archive

‘The stark choice’: Jacinda Ardern’s national shutdown speech, in full

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today announced that New Zealand will be moving to the highest Covid-19 alert level within 48 hours. Here is her speech in full.

Covid-19 NZ live updates, March 23: New Zealand prepares for nationwide shutdown

Live updates of the Covid-19 pandemic in New Zealand, for March 23

Covid-19: The doctor behind the petition to move to alert level four

Kevin Ward, an urgent primary care physician, is behind a petition urging the government to shift to the highest alert level.

The government is giving new orders. What is the legal basis for them?

Sweeping new restrictions on travel and assembly are being rolled out, with more likely. These are the laws which allow the government to impose them.

Siouxsie Wiles & Toby Morris: What does ‘level two’ mean – and why does it matter?

The alert system signals the start of a new phase in NZ's battle against Covid-19.

Ardern announces four-tier Covid-19 alert system as NZ faces community spread

New Zealand is currently at level two in the aftermath of two suspected cases of community transmission.

Bureaucracy looms for beneficiaries trying to survive in a Covid-19 world

For beneficiaries and thousands of soon-to-be unemployed, some tough situations are looming.

Covid-19: Rumours, lockdowns and anxiety-fuelled social sharing

That message you saw yesterday? It originated in Malaysia, and travelled via Australia.

Covid-19 NZ live updates, March 20: NZ cases rise to 39, four cruise ship passengers test positive

Rolling updates on the Covid-19 outbreak for March 20 as they happen, by Spinoff writers.

Jacinda Ardern closes the border to foreign nationals: ‘At no time in NZ’s history has a power like this been used’

Jacinda Ardern has announced the unprecedented step of closing New Zealand's borders to foreign nationals. Here's what she said. 

Covid-19 NZ live updates, March 19: borders close to foreign nationals; indoor events of 100+ people banned, Ardern on lockdown rumours

Rolling updates on the Covid-19 outbreak for March 19 as they happen, by Spinoff writers.