Covid 19 Delta outbreak: Another Aucklander charged in Wānaka


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A string of Aucklanders have been charged for breaching lockdown rules by travelling to the Southern Lakes. Photo / Supplied

An Auckland man will appear in the Queenstown District Court on Tuesday on a charge of breaching Covid-19 travel restrictions by travelling to Wānaka.

The 41-year-old, who was arrested in Wānaka yesterday, was remanded in custody this morning without appearing in court.

Queenstown police area response manager Senior Sergeant Glenn Wilkinson said the arrest followed a tip-off.

The man departed Auckland some time earlier this month, Wilkinson said.

The charge follows a string of alleged breachers keen to swap lockdown life in Auckland for the vistas of Queenstown and Wānaka.

Among the breachers are a man travelled from Whangarei to Queenstown via Wellington earlier this month without the correct documentation to travel under Alert Level 3 restrictions.

Auckland couple William Willis and Hannah Rawnsley admitted using essential worker exemptions to travel to a holiday home in Wānaka last month and police are investigating whether an Auckland woman illegally travelled to Queenstown in September.

Last week Queenstown property developer Min Yang (41), who travelled from Auckland to Christchurch in September and subsequently to Queenstown, pleaded not guilty to a charge of intentionally failing to comply with an order made under the Covid-19 Public Health Response Act by leaving an Alert Level 4 area and travelling to an Alert Level 2 area without just cause or authority.

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Nearly 50% of Americans Want to Space Travel But Only 19% Would Shell Out $100,000 To Do So According to a ValuePenguin.com Survey


NEW YORK, Oct. 14, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — As space travel and space tourism continues to make headlines and more civilians vie for seats on the next launch, many Americans have strong feelings about going to space. 

According to a ValuePenguin survey of over 2,000 consumers, almost half want to go to space and some would even go into debt to do so; however, others think space tourism may not be ethical. 

Key findings:

  • 49% of Americans want to travel to space. Men are more interested in space travel than women (56% versus 44%), while interest in space tourism decreases with age (63% of Gen Zers versus 38% for baby boomers).
  • 28% of both men and Gen Zers would choose a free trip to space over being debt-free. Among all consumers, 23% opted for a trip to space rather than the ability to wipe out their debt.
  • Reality check: Of those consumers who want to travel to space, just 19% would shell out $100,000 or more to make it happen — and even that might not be enough. Seats on Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo are estimated to start at a whopping $250,000 per person.
  • 60% of Americans agree that space travel should be accessible for everyone, not just those who can afford the exorbitant costs. On a similar note, 41% don’t think billionaires should be spending so much money on space travel.
  • About 1 in 4 (24%) don’t think space tourism is ethical. For example, some scientists fear that frequent space travel could give way to climate change, harming the environment through a high rate of emissions-per-passenger, as well as soot released by the rockets.

View full report: https://www.valuepenguin.com/travel/americans-space-travel

About ValuePenguin.com: ValuePenguin.com, part of LendingTree (NASDAQ: TREE), is a personal finance website that conducts in-depth research and provides objective analysis to help guide consumers to the best financial decisions. ValuePenguin focuses on value, assessing whether the return of a particular decision is worth the cost or risk of that option, and how this stacks up with the other possible choices they may have. For more information, please visit www.valuepenguin.com, like our Facebook page, or follow us on Twitter @ValuePenguin.

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19 Monthly Rentals On Florida’s Gulf Coast Perfect For Snowbirds


Pack your bags and spend the season in paradise! We picked the perfect monthly rentals on Florida’s Gulf Coast for snowbirds seeking sand between their toes. We only chose stays that are on or near the beach so you can sunbathe, swim, and collect shells. The warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico have almost medicinal effects, while Gulf Coast sunsets set the sky on fire.

Several of these monthly rentals feature resort-style amenities so you can play a round of tennis or golf and catch some rays by the pool. Many also feature lush, tropical landscaping. Not all of these options are pet-friendly, so be sure to read the fine print if you want to bring your pet along. Also, be mindful of the minimum stays. Enjoy 70-degree temps all winter long on the sleepy west coast of Florida in these fantastic monthly rentals!

Marco Island

Located on the southwestern tip of Florida’s Gulf Coast, Marco Island is one of the largest of Florida’s Ten Thousand Islands. It also happens to be the safest city in Florida. Be sure to explore the 32 acres of Tigertail Beach.


1 Bed, 1 Bath Condo In Resort

Located in a beach resort, this contemporary condo comes with a large heated pool and tennis courts. The meticulously maintained and well-managed complex is also conveniently close to top-rated restaurants. Contact the host about availability and pricing before booking this one-bedroom, one-bath condo.


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2 Bed, 2 Bath Luxury Beachfront Condo

This beachfront villa boasts panoramic views of mesmerizing sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico. The two-bedroom, two-bath unit includes a full kitchen, an in-unit washer and dryer, and a private balcony.

It also comes with resort amenities, including premium access to the white sandy beach, two heated pools, a whirlpool, and a grotto pool, complete with a waterslide. Rent a poolside cabana if you really want to go all out! Stilts Bar and Grill has casual bites by the beach, while the Marketplace Express offers sustenance on the go.


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3 Bed, 2 Bath House With Pool

Located on a canal, this island oasis features gorgeous water views as well as a pool and hot tub. There’s room for up to eight adults and two children. Both of the guestrooms have a queen-sized bed, while the master has a king-sized bed, an en-suite bathroom, and access to the patio. There’s also a futon and two hideaway beds for kiddos. Two living areas off of the updated kitchen give everyone some elbow room.

Beaches as well as restaurants and activities are just a short drive away. Located in a residential area, the Marco Island Noise Ordinance ensures guests won’t be disturbed after 9 p.m.


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Naples

Culture and sophistication along with white sands and pretty views make Naples a crowd-pleaser for solo travelers, couples, and families. Just a half-hour from Marco Island, Naples is part of Southwest Florida’s Paradise Coast. Explore Old Naples and check out the stunning Naples Botanical Garden.


5 Bed, 6 Bath Luxury Home

Located on a canal, this luxurious Port Royal home is a boater and fisherman’s paradise. Its spacious veranda overlooks the water, complete with pool and hot tub — the perfect place to watch the sun go down! Each of the three bedrooms in this 7,500 square-foot home comes with its own private bath.


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2 Bed, 2 Bath On Golf Course

Stay in this two-bedroom, two-bath condo in popular Turtle Lake. It features a screened-in lanai, where you can enjoy your morning coffee or evening cocktail overlooking Quail Run Golf Course. Beautiful beaches are just minutes away, while Publix, Starbucks, and plenty of other shops and dining are within walking distance.

The master has a queen-size bed, while the guest has two twins. Resort-style amenities include a heated saltwater pool, a sauna, grills, lighted tennis courts, pickleball, shuffleboard, bocce ball, and a clubhouse with a library, gym, and pool tables. Keep your calendar full of activities with everything between water aerobics and coffee and donuts to bridge and bingo. No membership is required to play golf at Quail Run. Do keep in mind that there’s a minimum stay of 30 days.


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2 Bed, 2 Bath Condo

Location, location, location! Stay in the exclusive and desirable multi-million dollar neighborhood of downtown Naples on tony 3rd Street South. Walk to the beach about a block and a half away and walk to the best shopping and bars and restaurants in town.

Upscale yet comfortable, this two-bedroom, two-bathroom is in a boutique building with only seven units. It comes fully equipped with a washer and dryer. There’s even private covered parking and an elevator or stairs to take up to the second level. Plus, there’s lush landscaping as well as lovely outdoor courtyards and fountains. There is a minimum 30-day stay, with a preference given to long-terms stays of 90 days or more.


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Sanibel Island

Only 15 miles long and 5 miles wide, Sanibel Island is an oasis with a laid-back, cozy feel. About 25 miles south of Fort Myers, this quaint beach town is full of Old Florida charm. Not only does this snowbird destination sport one of the greatest shelling beaches in the United States, but it also has great fishing and birdwatching. Flying into the Southwest Florida International Airport makes this an easy journey from just about any major city.


2 Bed, 2 Bath Beachfront Condo

This two-bedroom condo on Sanibel Island is a weekly rental, offering much more than Gulf views. Nestled on 23 acres, the resort offers beach access, where you can paddleboard, kayak, boat, fish, or have a bonfire as the sun goes down over the water. It’s also got tons of amenities — from the Gulf-side pool to tennis courts, complete with an onsite tennis pro. Treat yourself to an in-suite spa treatment.

Biking is a great way to get around the island. Pick up a bike from the concierge or, take a trolley ride. Relax in a lounge chair on the beach or a hammock under a palm tree with a book in one hand a daiquiri in the other. The Thistle Lodge and Coconuts Poolside Bar and Grill make sure you won’t go hungry.


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Captiva Island

Another small, family-friendly island, Captiva Island is Sanibel’s neighbor. Both islands are known for their undisturbed beaches, rich wildlife, and even richer cuisine. When you tire of shell-hunting, check out the island’s funky boutiques, coffee shops, and ocean-themed bars and restaurants.


2 Bed, 2 Bath Condo

This waterfront retreat overlooks the Gulf of Mexico, offering stunning sunset views and direct beach access. The community features three heated swimming pools as well as three private tennis courts.

At 848 square feet, the two-bedroom villa has room for up to six. The master bedroom has a king bed and the second bedroom has two twin beds. There’s a screened-in balcony, too! While there is no in-unit laundry, there is a facility on the premises. Work out in the fitness center, grill on the outdoor barbecue, fish, and sign kiddos up for activities through the recreation program. In addition to the par 3 golf course, there’s on-property transportation and watersports equipment rentals. Take a sailing lesson or kayak into a mangrove forest.

Another weekly rental, check-in and check-out is on Fridays, otherwise, there may be an additional fee. For $19 a day per person, enjoy South Seas Island Resort amenities including the trolley service, restaurants, main pool/slide area, pool bar, and beach bar.


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Manasota Key

Another prime spot for shelling, Manasota Key is a small beach community south of Sarasota and Venice. Relax on the beach of this 11-mile barrier island, or go paddleboarding or fishing.


3 Bed, 2 Bath Home With Pool

This Manasota Key home doesn’t just have its own pool, it also boasts easy access to the beach and bay. Access the beach across the street, while bay access and a shared neighborhood dock are also just steps away. Located on a peaceful shady private lane, it is still in close proximity to restaurants and shops on the south end.

Perfect for sharing with two families, this three-bedroom home can sleep up to 10. Both master suites have king-sized beds. The sitting room has a queen sleeper sofa, while the air-conditioned sleeping porch has a twin bed, a bunk bed, and a double bed that sleep four kids comfortably.


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Siesta Key

Minutes from Sarasota and Bradenton, Siesta Key has the world’s best beach according to our readers. From shelling to sunbathing, kayaking to day drinking, fine dining to boating, you’ll have no shortage of fun offerings in Siesta Key. Savor succulent crab or the fresh catch-of-the-day as you watch stellar sunsets. Collect shells along the waterfront as you watch seagulls and pelicans pick out their lunch. Read a book nestled on a comfy blanket on the sandy beach or enjoy a leisurely bike ride.


6 Bed, 4 Bath Home

Located in Siesta Key Village, just 60 steps from Siesta Keys’ world-famous beach, this VRBO boasts a roof deck with beautiful ocean views, chaise lounges, and room for al fresco dining. This spacious, fully renovated two-unit property has gorgeous interiors. The rental includes the three-bedroom, two-bath penthouse as well as the three-bedroom two-bath unit below. Ask about additional accommodations for larger groups.

A block away, guests can find the best shopping, dining, and entertainment in the Village. Enjoy fresh oysters and other seafood, tropical drinks, ice cream, and gourmet donuts. Cars are not necessary on the island, but the rental does come with a parking spot.

Panoramic north, west, and south views of the Gulf make for amazing sunset views. Look for dolphins, sand dollars, and giant conch at nearby Sand Dollar Island. Your knowledgeable host can recommend the best fishing spots, restaurants, family-friendly activities, and more.


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Longboat Key

South of Anna Maria Island, Longboat Key’s sugar-sand beaches are a playground for the wealthy. Although it’s a prestigious address, it comes with a laidback vibe. Flanked by beautiful sea oats, its beaches are perfect for swimming, boating, and kayaking.


2 Bed, 2 Bath Condo

Surrounded by recreation, views, and amenities, this spacious updated two-bedroom, two-bathroom condo is a beautiful upscale and private retreat. Lounge by the pool or at the beach, work out at the gym, play tennis or bocce, kayak, or fish. Shop and dine as you explore Florida’s west coast.

This rental comes with a washer and dryer and does not allow pets. There is a 30-day minimum stay. Longer-term rentals for the season are preferred. December through April and have a three-month minimum.


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2 Bed, 1 Bath Apartment

Dubbed the Old Man and the Sea Inn, this Key West-style Victorian sits just eight steps from the sand path that leads to Siesta Key’s best beach. Two-bedroom, one-bath apartment. Get some sun on the balcony, lie in a hammock, dine al fresco, and walk to town for drinks or ice cream

No car is necessary. Here, there’s no thru traffic, commercial businesses, or public parking. Walk to top beaches, outdoor activities, and dining, including the highest-rated seafood and Siesta’s only waterfront dining. Find fresh fish at Crescent Market or catch your own to grill up on the downstairs gas grill.

Home to some of the top snorkeling, fishing, and kayaking on the island, the limestone reef just 50 yards south features tide pools and colorful marine life. Search for miniature conch, dolphins, and turtles!


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3 Bed, 3 Bath Waterfront Home With Pool

This three-bedroom, three-bath listing sleeps 10 and is actually made up of three large side-by-side one-bedroom units. Set on exclusive Heron Lagoon, surrounded by mangroves The Siesta Key Bungalows feature a heated pool, courtyard, and private on-water deck that’s great for lounging or eating outdoors.

Although this is a quiet escape from the resort super-highway, there’s no shortage of activities. One mile south you can find Turtle Beach, Palmer Bird, and Marine Preserve as well as a few good places to eat. A couple of miles north, there’s Crescent Beach where you can snorkle Point of Rocks reef. Several of the top restaurants and bars can be found in South Village. No stop signs or traffic lights make driving, biking, and walking a breeze. Plus, there are free taxi services and trolley rides day and night.

In addition to the swimming pool, onsite activities include kayaking, paddle boarding, and fishing off the dock. Relax in a hammock or lounge chair on some of the world’s best beaches. Indulge in oysters, gourmet donuts, daiquiris, ice cream, seafood towers teeming with shrimp and stone crab, craft beer, and enormous breakfasts. Listen to live music, rent a scooter or boat, and enjoy eco-tours through mangrove tunnels!


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Anna Maria Island

Head past Sarasota to this gulf-side slice of serendipity. This quaint Florida beach town has resisted corporate development to preserve its idyllic feel of Old Florida. Anna Maria Island’s beaches have some of the whitest, softest, cleanest sand in the country. In fact, our readers voted Anna Maria Island public beach as one of the best beaches in the U.S. It’s also famous for its beachside horseback riding. Here, unique boutiques rub shoulders with local cafes and an impressive assortment of high-quality restaurants.


4 Bed, 4 Bath Beachfront Home

This luxury, beachside home has its own heated pool and a balcony with gorgeous sunset views. With four bedrooms and four bathrooms, it sleeps eight adults. Tranquil yet close to everything, it is centrally located just south of downtown Holmes Beach. The property includes two parking spaces and offers easy access to the free trolley stop. Head south to charming Coquina Beach or north to Pine Avenue for restaurants and bars, boutiques, and Anna Maria City Pier.

This multi-level home features huge windows with views of the surf. Grill up some dinner on the balcony, or enjoy a fire on the back patio surrounded by Australian Pine trees, sea oats, and white powdery sand. A seven-night minimum stay is required.


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3 Bed, 2 Bath Home With Pool

Located in the Holmes Beach area of Anna Maria Island, “Seahorse Paradise,” is a beautifully outfitted and maintained home with its own heated pool. Plus, it’s just a short walk to the beach! The three-bedroom, two-bath home sleeps six. Bedrooms and living area are on the second floor, while the garage, pool area, and large covered patio are on the main level. The quiet neighborhood offers easy access to the free island trolley. Weekly rentals are Saturday through Saturday, with special rates during holidays.


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4 Bed, 3 Bath Home

Located on the beach with sunrise views over Tampa Bay, “Tropicottage” is a charming, newly remodeled island getaway. Nestled in the quintessential Anna Maria Island North End neighborhood, this rental is just minutes from the heart of Anna Maria Village. Rent a golf cart and bikes to ride to restaurants, bars, and boutiques.

Dine alfresco in the lush, tropical courtyard, complete with a heated pool, lounge chairs, outdoor dining, and seating areas. A converted garage “man cave” with full bar, ping pong table, large flat-screen TVs, and comfy couch is adjacent to the pool.

This “mini-compound” is ideal for a family or group. In addition to the main house, there is a guest cottage. In the main house, the doors of the great room open out to the beach, as well as a putting green. Kids will love the cool coastal bunk beds with a door that opens to the pool courtyard. The second-floor master suite features a king-sized bed, an en-suite bathroom, desk, TV, a balcony overlooking the bay, and a large sun deck with sweeping views of the beach and courtyard pool.

In the guest cottage, you’ll find a private master suite, kitchenette with refrigerator and coffeemaker, a full bath, seating with a large flat-screen TV, and balcony with breathtaking water views!


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St. Pete Beach

Set on a barrier island just west of St. Petersburg, St. Pete Beach is home to fabulous beaches, from Treasure Island to Tierra Verde. Check out Pass-a-Grille at the southern end of St. Pete Beach.


1 Bedroom, 1 Bath Condo

This beachfront condo overlooks the Gulf of Mexico and boasts an outdoor swimming pool. There’s only one bedroom and bathroom, but the couch pulls out to sleep four total. Your unit is assigned upon check-in, but is guaranteed to have a balcony.

Nearby activities include fishing, boating, windsurfing, waterskiing, scuba diving, tennis, golf, shopping, and dining. Nearby attractions include a playground, The Florida Aquarium, Florida International Museum, and The Dalí. Busch Gardens and Adventure Island theme parks can be found in Tampa, about 45 minutes away.


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Clearwater, FL

Close to the Tampa Bay region and all of its attractions, Clearwater is home to Clearwater Beach, which is widely regarded as one of Florida’s best beaches.


3 Bed, 2 Bath Condo, Water View

Dubbed “Harborview Grande 404,” this updated seaside sanctuary offers contemporary coastal charm, views of the Intracoastal waterfront, and a heated pool and spa. A newer condo in a pedestrian-friendly beach community, its prime location is just steps to South Clearwater Beach’s new Beach Walk. Nearby, you can find everything from beachcombing and water sports to food and entertainment.

The master suite offers a king-sized bed, desk, and access to the balcony. An en-suite master bath has dual vanities, a soaking tub, and a separate walk-in shower. The second bedroom also has a king-sized bed, while the third has two queens and an adjoining full bath.

Grill dinner and take in waterfront views from the private balcony. The condo comes with one assigned parking place as well as a private washer and dryer. Beach chairs, beach towels, and a cart are provided. This place is also pet-friendly with dog-friendly beaches nearby. Just be sure to read the restrictions on pets.


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3 Bed, 3 Bath Townhome

Located on Clearwater Bay, this townhome has a game room and a boat slip! Housed in a newer townhome community, “Brightwater Blue” is within easy walking distance to Clearwater Beach, Beach Walk, restaurants, and shopping.

Guests have access to all three floors. The first floor has a two-car garage, the game room with pool table and ping pong top, as well as a lanai with views of Clearwater Bay. The living room, dining area, gourmet kitchen, laundry room, work station/computer nook, and large balcony with outdoor dining area are all located on the second floor. On the third floor, you’ll find the bedrooms. The master bedroom has a king-sized bed, a large balcony overlooking Clearwater Bay, a master bath with dual sinks, and a large walk-in shower. The second bedroom also has a king-sized bed, while the third has two full/double beds. For reservations of over six people, add $50 per person per night.

A deepwater boat slip can accommodate a 40-foot vessel, but keep in mind the water is only five feet deep at low tide. This rental comes with everything you need for a great day at the beach — including beach towels, a beach cart, and a cooler. Community features include a resort-style heated pool and spa, grills and outdoor entertaining area, and a beach rinse-off station.


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Covid 19 Delta outbreak: Police dealing with multiple breaches of Aucklanders fleeing lockdown city


Police making checks at the boundary. Photo / File

Aucklanders are escaping the city’s Covid-19 level 4 boundaries by using unmanned back roads, false documents and other methods that are the subject of ongoing investigation.

Police continue to tackle a slew of lockdown breaches by Aucklanders travelling south at a time when the Ministry of Health is tightening restrictions on cross-boundary travels.

In figures released to the Herald last week, a Ministry spokeswoman said just 170 of the 3900 exemption applications had been approved for Aucklanders to leave the city.

There have been at least seven incidents, involving 16 people leaving the region over the last few days.

In the latest case, two people – a 24-year-old woman and a 41-year-old man – were arrested on Saturday in Wellington after allegedly travelling from Auckland in breach of alert level restrictions.

Police checkpoint north of Auckland. Photo / Brett Phibbs
Police checkpoint north of Auckland. Photo / Brett Phibbs

They pair been charged with failing to comply with Covid-19 order and are expected to appear in Wellington District Court on Monday, a police spokeswoman said.

In another case, a high-profile Aucklander allegedly crossed the boundary and made onward travel to Queenstown.

A person who contacted the Otago Daily Times alleged this Aucklander was staying at a Queenstown Airbnb and had attended a gathering at the resort last weekend.

The tipster who wanted to remain anonymous said the Aucklander wasn’t isolating and was spending time with two other Queenstown residents.

A police spokeswoman said they were aware of the complaint, and were following up with the person involved to determine if any breach of the Health Act has occurred.

On Friday, two Aucklanders were arrested after they used false documents to visit Taupō, police say.

Three Auckland students have also been referred to health authorities after they travelled from Auckland to Tauranga last week.

The Herald received a tip that a student – part of the group – had reportedly travelled to Tauranga to attend a class at a tertiary education provider.

A police spokesperson said officers spoke to the group and no further action from police was required.

Officers had to also address three university students from Auckland after they allegedly crossed the alert level border illegally on their way to Gisborne. They were found on Thursday at residences in Gisborne and Te Karaka.

According to police, the trio had been self-isolating at their homes since they travelled to Gisborne on September 8.

Three essential workers who last week escaped Auckland for the Turoa ski field were arrested last Thursday in Ohakune.

Then there was William Willis, 35, and his lawyer partner Hannah Rawnsley, 26, who used their essential work exemptions to get to Hamilton before flying to Wanaka. The pair has since apologised after declining to continue pursuing name suppression.

The Herald had also received tips claiming people are bypassing the southern border by using two dirt roads unmanned by police.

A Health Ministry spokeswoman said travel into and out of Auckland was highly restricted.

“We appreciate this can be very distressing for some people…but the highly transmissible Delta variant means strong precautions are necessary,” she said.

“We are taking a very cautious approach to applications for personal travel exemptions to travel across or within the Alert Level boundaries. Exemptions are only granted in the most exceptional circumstances, on a case-by-case basis, and only where this is consistent with the public health response to Covid-19.”

The spokeswoman said the boundary controls remained crucial to minimising further spread of the virus.

“They reflect the highly transmissible nature of the Delta variant, and are designed to minimise the spread of the virus to other parts of New Zealand – ultimately to keep the whole country safe,” she said.

“The Ministry acknowledges the inconvenience and concern caused by Auckland’s Alert Level boundaries.”

Police said as of 5pm Friday, 78 people from Auckland have been charged with a total of 82 offences since lockdown, most for failing to comply with the Covid-19 order.

Others include failing comply with direction, prohibition and or restriction, two for assaulting, threatening and/or hindering and enforcement officer and one for failing to stop at a checkpoint.

Health officials say they are “cautiously optimistic” that Auckland will be able to move out of alert level 4 this week despite a smattering of few unlinked cases.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern last week indicated an in-principle decision that Auckland would move to level 3 at 11.59pm on Tuesday, September 21.



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Connecticut COVID Travel Advisory to Go From Mandate to Recommended Guidance on March 19 No Longer Requiring Quarantines – NBC Connecticut


Connecticut’s COVID-19 travel advisory, that long required travelers quarantine or test negative after traveling to or from coronavirus hotspot states, will become recommended guidance on March 19, instead of a requirement, Gov. Ned Lamont announced Thursday.


Since Dec. 19, the mandated travel advisory applied to all travelers, both national and international, entering Connecticut from any location with the exception of New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island.

The advisory required all affected travelers to complete the Connecticut Travel Health Form and self-quarantine for 10 days or until a negative COVID test result is provided. That was a change from the 14-day quarantine previously required.

There were also three exemptions from the requirement to self-quarantine, the governor said.

Anyone who has had a negative COVID-19 test result in the 72 hours prior to their arrival to Connecticut, or following their arrival, was exempt from quarantine. These tests had to be submitted to the commissioner of the Department of Public Health and they can either be a PCR test or a rapid result test.

A year after the COVID-19 pandemic upended the travel industry and cancelled flights, those with vouchers could be racing the clock. The first step to avoid losing out is to read the fine print on your expiration date. Travel experts say now is the time to read up on the stipulations of that travel credit and perhaps give customer service a call.

Essential workers traveling for work-related purposes were also exempt from the 10-day self-quarantine.

Lastly, anyone who tested positive for the virus within 90 days before their arrival to Connecticut, who had clinically recovered or had not been symptomatic, was exempt. These tests had to be submitted to the Department of Public Health, the governor said.

The new guidance making these rules a recommendation, and not required, do not take effect until March 19.

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James scores 19 in 1,300th regular-season game in Lakers win


LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers blew a 14-point, fourth-quarter lead in their first meeting against the Golden State Warriors. They were determined not to let that happen Sunday night.

LeBron James scored 19 points in his 1,300th regular-season appearance as the Lakers routed the Warriors 117-91. He was one of six Los Angeles players to score in double figures in a game that was never in doubt.

The Lakers were up 20 at the end of the first quarter and had a 73-44 lead at halftime.

“Our starters played terrific,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said. “They had a mindset to make sure they took care of business against a team that stole one from us the last time.”

Forward Markieff Morris was a little more direct about the revenge factor.

“We remember getting up big last time and then coming back,” he said. “We wanted to make our mark early and just keep our foot on their neck throughout the game.”

Vogel said the best thing to come out of the game was that James played a season-low 24 minutes and sat during the fourth quarter.

Kyle Kuzma had 12 points and 11 rebounds for his eighth double-double this season, while Morris and Alex Caruso each scored a season-high 13 points.

The defending NBA champions had dropped five of six since Anthony Davis suffered a right calf strain on Feb. 14, but have won their last two.

“When you lose a mega piece like AD, it is going to take some time offensively and defensively on how we want to play. Over the last couple games, we have done a good job,” said James, who’s the 23rd player in NBA history to appear in at least 1,300 regular-season games.

Eric Paschall scored 18 points for Golden State, which had its three-game winning streak snapped. Stephen Curry added 16 points and Kelly Oubre Jr. 14.

The Warriors rallied for a 115-113 victory on Jan. 18 at Staples Center, but were dominated from the opening tip. Los Angeles went on a 16-2 run to take a 20-5 lead with 7:23 remaining in the first quarter as four of its first six field goals were 3-pointers.

The Lakers ended the quarter with 12 straight points to go up 41-21. James had 10 points in the quarter, including two on free throws as Los Angeles was 13 of 16 from the line in the quarter.

Los Angeles had a season-high 73 first-half points as it extended its lead to 29 at halftime. Its largest lead was 35 late in the third quarter.

“We were just never in it. Right from the start, we were fouling them like crazy,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “There are going to be a handful of games that are inexplicable. You don’t spend too much on this one. You flush the toilet and move on.”

GREEN INJURED

Draymond Green suffered a left ankle sprain during the second quarter and did not return after scoring six points in 13 minutes. Green also received his eighth technical foul of the season during the first quarter.

Kerr said after the game that Green didn’t think the injury was serious.

TIP-INS

Warriors: Golden State tied a season low with three offensive rebounds. … They were 8 of 34 from beyond the arc. The 23.5% accuracy rate is their fourth worst of the season. … The 20 turnovers marked the fourth time this season they have had 20 or more.

Lakers: Los Angeles finished with season highs in rebounds (60) and steals (14) … Dennis Schröder scored 12 points and Talen Horton-Tucker 11. … Damian Jones finished with eight points, three rebounds and two blocks in eight minutes in his LA debut. … The Lakers were 6 of 9 on 3-pointers in the first quarter but struggled the rest of the game, going 5 of 22.

UP NEXT

Warriors: Travel to Portland on Wednesday. The teams have split their first two meetings this season.

Lakers: Host Phoenix on Tuesday. This is the first matchup between the teams this year after Los Angeles won all three games last season.

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By JOE REEDY, AP Sports Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers blew a 14-point, fourth-quarter lead in their first meeting against the Golden State Warriors. They were determined not to let that happen Sunday night.

LeBron James scored 19 points in his 1,300th regular-season appearance as the Lakers routed the Warriors 117-91. He was one of six Los Angeles players to score in double figures in a game that was never in doubt.

The Lakers were up 20 at the end of the first quarter and had a 73-44 lead at halftime.

“Our starters played terrific,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said. “They had a mindset to make sure they took care of business against a team that stole one from us the last time.”

Forward Markieff Morris was a little more direct about the revenge factor.

“We remember getting up big last time and then coming back,” he said. “We wanted to make our mark early and just keep our foot on their neck throughout the game.”

Vogel said the best thing to come out of the game was that James played a season-low 24 minutes and sat during the fourth quarter.

Kyle Kuzma had 12 points and 11 rebounds for his eighth double-double this season, while Morris and Alex Caruso each scored a season-high 13 points.

The defending NBA champions had dropped five of six since Anthony Davis suffered a right calf strain on Feb. 14, but have won their last two.

“When you lose a mega piece like AD, it is going to take some time offensively and defensively on how we want to play. Over the last couple games, we have done a good job,” said James, who’s the 23rd player in NBA history to appear in at least 1,300 regular-season games.

Eric Paschall scored 18 points for Golden State, which had its three-game winning streak snapped. Stephen Curry added 16 points and Kelly Oubre Jr. 14.

The Warriors rallied for a 115-113 victory on Jan. 18 at Staples Center, but were dominated from the opening tip. Los Angeles went on a 16-2 run to take a 20-5 lead with 7:23 remaining in the first quarter as four of its first six field goals were 3-pointers.

The Lakers ended the quarter with 12 straight points to go up 41-21. James had 10 points in the quarter, including two on free throws as Los Angeles was 13 of 16 from the line in the quarter.

Los Angeles had a season-high 73 first-half points as it extended its lead to 29 at halftime. Its largest lead was 35 late in the third quarter.

“We were just never in it. Right from the start, we were fouling them like crazy,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “There are going to be a handful of games that are inexplicable. You don’t spend too much on this one. You flush the toilet and move on.”

Draymond Green suffered a left ankle sprain during the second quarter and did not return after scoring six points in 13 minutes. Green also received his eighth technical foul of the season during the first quarter.

Kerr said after the game that Green didn’t think the injury was serious.

Warriors: Golden State tied a season low with three offensive rebounds. … They were 8 of 34 from beyond the arc. The 23.5% accuracy rate is their fourth worst of the season. … The 20 turnovers marked the fourth time this season they have had 20 or more.

Lakers: Los Angeles finished with season highs in rebounds (60) and steals (14) … Dennis Schröder scored 12 points and Talen Horton-Tucker 11. … Damian Jones finished with eight points, three rebounds and two blocks in eight minutes in his LA debut. … The Lakers were 6 of 9 on 3-pointers in the first quarter but struggled the rest of the game, going 5 of 22.

Warriors: Travel to Portland on Wednesday. The teams have split their first two meetings this season.

Lakers: Host Phoenix on Tuesday. This is the first matchup between the teams this year after Los Angeles won all three games last season.

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Lakers blew a 14-point, fourth-quarter lead in their first meeting against the Golden State Warriors. They were determined not to let that happen Sunday night.

LeBron James scored 19 points in his 1,300th regular-season appearance as the Lakers routed the Warriors 117-91. He was one of six Los Angeles players to score in double figures in a game that was never in doubt.

The Lakers were up 20 at the end of the first quarter and had a 73-44 lead at halftime.

“Our starters played terrific,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said. “They had a mindset to make sure they took care of business against a team that stole one from us the last time.”

Forward Markieff Morris was a little more direct about the revenge factor.

“We remember getting up big last time and then coming back,” he said. “We wanted to make our mark early and just keep our foot on their neck throughout the game.”

Vogel said the best thing to come out of the game was that James played a season-low 24 minutes and sat during the fourth quarter.

Kyle Kuzma had 12 points and 11 rebounds for his eighth double-double this season, while Morris and Alex Caruso each scored a season-high 13 points.

The defending NBA champions had dropped five of six since Anthony Davis suffered a right calf strain on Feb. 14, but have won their last two.

“When you lose a mega piece like AD, it is going to take some time offensively and defensively on how we want to play. Over the last couple games, we have done a good job,” said James, who’s the 23rd player in NBA history to appear in at least 1,300 regular-season games.

Eric Paschall scored 18 points for Golden State, which had its three-game winning streak snapped. Stephen Curry added 16 points and Kelly Oubre Jr. 14.

The Warriors rallied for a 115-113 victory on Jan. 18 at Staples Center, but were dominated from the opening tip. Los Angeles went on a 16-2 run to take a 20-5 lead with 7:23 remaining in the first quarter as four of its first six field goals were 3-pointers.

The Lakers ended the quarter with 12 straight points to go up 41-21. James had 10 points in the quarter, including two on free throws as Los Angeles was 13 of 16 from the line in the quarter.

Los Angeles had a season-high 73 first-half points as it extended its lead to 29 at halftime. Its largest lead was 35 late in the third quarter.

“We were just never in it. Right from the start, we were fouling them like crazy,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “There are going to be a handful of games that are inexplicable. You don’t spend too much on this one. You flush the toilet and move on.”

GREEN INJURED

Draymond Green suffered a left ankle sprain during the second quarter and did not return after scoring six points in 13 minutes. Green also received his eighth technical foul of the season during the first quarter.

Kerr said after the game that Green didn’t think the injury was serious.

TIP-INS

Warriors: Golden State tied a season low with three offensive rebounds. … They were 8 of 34 from beyond the arc. The 23.5% accuracy rate is their fourth worst of the season. … The 20 turnovers marked the fourth time this season they have had 20 or more.

Lakers: Los Angeles finished with season highs in rebounds (60) and steals (14) … Dennis Schröder scored 12 points and Talen Horton-Tucker 11. … Damian Jones finished with eight points, three rebounds and two blocks in eight minutes in his LA debut. … The Lakers were 6 of 9 on 3-pointers in the first quarter but struggled the rest of the game, going 5 of 22.

UP NEXT

Warriors: Travel to Portland on Wednesday. The teams have split their first two meetings this season.

Lakers: Host Phoenix on Tuesday. This is the first matchup between the teams this year after Los Angeles won all three games last season.

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