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COVID-19: New Zealand at level 4 Lockdown until Tuesday 31 August

COVID-19: New Zealand at level 4 Lockdown until Tuesday 31 August

New Zealand will remain at Alert Level 4 until 11:59 pm on Tuesday 31 August.

Reporting up until 9 am on 27 August, New Zealand had 70 new cases bringing their active total to 384.

Most cases have arisen in Auckland and Northland regions which will probably stay at Alert Level 4 after the end of August. You’ll need to wait until Monday 30 August when this will next be reviewed.

Park Hyatt, Auckland during construction

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The aviation industry has a difficult road ahead when it comes to sustainability. It’s going to require a relative revolution in technology, with ‘electric planes’ or hydrogen planes, or some form of jet engine that doesn’t require a carbon based fuel. And that is going to require the development of an alternative to jet engines probably.

It’s a big ask. It will take time to develop.

This move to home grown and manufactured SAF is a first step – maybe even a baby step in a very long road of innovation. In the long run, US$200 million won’t even touch the sides.

Although these numbers are extremely low when compared to Australia, or almost anywhere else in the world, the have come as a shock to New Zealanders, which has been almost COVID-19 free for most of the pandemic. NZ did move hard and fast at the beginning of this current outbreak, so lets hope they manage to contain it.

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