News Roundup - 16 February 2021

16 Feb 2021

Police move checkpoints after Auckland border confusion
Police say they are moving three checkpoints north of Auckland back to where the legal boundary sits which was used during the last lockdown.

Covid-19: Where the road blocks are around Auckland in alert level 3
Road blocks have been set up around Auckland to prevent non-essential travel in and out of the region during alert level 3. Anyone trying to leave or enter Auckland without good reason should expect to be stopped, police said.

Rural contractors say red tape obstructing access to overseas workers
The rural contracting industry says red tape means they can't make the most of some overseas workers who've been allowed into the country.

Kiwifruit growers' PSA case: Government agrees to pay sector $40 million

The government has agreed to pay $40 million to kiwifruit sector plaintiffs over the arrival of the vine killing disease PSA.

New Zealand set for another recession, but housing market will remain hot, Westpac says
New Zealand is set for another recession this year, Westpac’s economists say – but it won’t be enough to stop the runaway housing market.

Business resilience a buffer for economy amid latest lockdown
The resilience businesses built up in previous lockdowns could mean few consequences for the economy initially from Auckland's return to alert level 3, an economist says.

Call for new framework to protect land for growers, farmers
The agriculture industry is welcoming news that the widely disliked Resource Management Act will be scrapped and replaced with three new laws, but is calling on the government to put in place protections for prime growing land and food security, and to take time to do the job right.

Lead testing reveals Otago town's water supply now below acceptable levels
The Dunedin City Council has yet to identify the source of the contamination that left residents in Waikouaiti, Karitane and Hawksbury Village unable to consume water from their taps until further notice.

Land prices, compliance put pressure on small farms
Horticulture used to be dominated by small growing operations. Now, a more limited number of growers increasingly control the market.

Efforts to control invasive pests could be in vain without climate consideration
A new paper, published this week in the Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment journal, found climate change heightened the impact of invasive species and habitat loss, particularly in island ecosystems like New Zealand.




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