Auckland confirms 13 new cases in community, one in managed isolation

Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield says the 13 new cases are all linked to one Auckland cluster - the four people who were reported as confirmed cases yesterday and the day before.

He says the one new case in managed isolation is a woman in her 30s who arrived from the Philippines.

There are now a total of 36 active cases in New Zealand.

Dr Bloomfield says 17 of these are linked to the new outbreak: "Given that all these cases are linked, we are treating them as a cluster."

Another escape from managed isolation in Auckland

She said the man was apprehended by police after only making it 50 metres from the hotel.

"They didn't even make 50 metres. Security and the police were on to it and it really does show the work of having the police on site.

"They could be immediately brought back into the facility. This is an example of the systems working as they should.

Air Commodore Darryn Webb said the 32-year-old man attempted to follow a staff member out of the gate, claiming he was a worker.

South Auckland base for planned Pasifika super rugby side

A group of former All Blacks, including two-time World Cup winner Jerome Kaino, are behind the establishment of the first professional rugby union team in Hawaii.

Kanaloa Hawaii has had its bid to join America's Major League Rugby confirmed and is now in talks with New Zealand Rugby about joining a revamped Super Rugby competition.

It would be a separate team to the one that will play in the US, and would be based in South Auckland.

Passenger flights confirmed to repatriate Samoan nationals from Auckland

A statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade said the flights are scheduled on Friday 29 May and thereafter on 12 June 12 and 26 June as well as 9 July and 23 July.

The flight on 22 May is still operating as scheduled but as a cargo flight.

Further flights will be arranged until all those stranded abroad are brought home.

Connecting flights from other parts of the world through NZ will be subject to the lifting of border restrictions of the countries concerned.

Repatriation flight for Fiji citizens will from Auckland

Fiji Airways said the flight is available for all people who have an unused ticket with the airline.

It sayid there are limited seats, and all passengers will be sent to a quarantine facility when they arrive in Nadi.



50 days and counting - Manuma Samoa close to going home

The Manuma Samoa spent 14 days in self-isolation after arriving in Auckland on 16 March, following their Rapid Rugby season opener in Perth.

However, once New Zealand's lockdown was implemented and flights restricted the team was required to remain in their hostel accommodation, which they have now called home for more than seven weeks.

One of the coaching staff, former Manu Samoa captain Mahonri Schwalger, said the team has coped as best they can.

"The first week we sort of got our team training and we sort of can do whatever we can at the moment."

Second flight confirmed from Samoa to Auckland

To register your interest for this flight — and for any subsequent flights — please email the Air New Zealand Travel Centre in Apia at and provide your full legal name, passport number, citizenship, destination, and contact details.

Manumā Samoa test negative for Covid-19 during extended stay in NZ

The Manumā Samoa had gone into self-isolation in Auckland after returning from their Rapid Rugby season opener in Perth last March.

However once New Zealand's lockdown was implemented and flights restricted, the team was stuck.

The CEO of Samoa Rugby, Faleomavaega Vincent Fepulea'i, said the Manumā Samoa players had all been tested for Covid-19.

Free fruits,vegetables just one road sign of what Pastor Moses brings to Mt Albert

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give” Pastor Moses said.

His kindness hasn’t gone unnoticed with many thanking him on social media.

Local resident Ben Mackay said Mt Albert was lucky to have someone like Pastor Moses.

“His kindness certainly finds its way into our Saturday night cooking,” Mr Mackay said.

Pastor Moses said his usual offerings were watermelon, rockmelon, capsicum and occasionally chilli.

The pastor at the Samoan Assemblies of God dedicates his goodness to God.

Calls grow for Polyfest to be canned amid coronavirus fears

Last weekend's Pasifika festival was cancelled amid fears that coronavirus could be spread.

So far, Polyfest's organisers are pushing ahead with the event in Manukau, saying extra precautions were being taken.

But Auckland councillor for Manukau, Efeso Collins, said people in the community were increasingly worried.

"Yeah, it's an absolute nightmare when you organise stages to go up but I think that nightmare is liveable if you know that you are not going to have serious health effects come out of holding the Polyfest.