Tagged: lockdown

Lockdown: the effect on children’s learning and wellbeing - COVID-19

Guest Author May 12, 2020

Ron Crawford Lockdown hasn’t seemed too bad. I’m well set up to work from home, it’s been easy for me to take a walk on our nearby beach, and the weather has been mostly calm and sunny. Beach bubble – James Soligo I’ve noticed many families enjoying the opportunity to spend time together over the last few weeks – here … Read More

Four types of Kiwi at Level 3 - COVID-19

Guest Author Apr 30, 2020

Jacqui Maguire, registered clinical psychologist Recently I was asked to predict how our nation would transition into level 3. My answer was that it’s never best to predict human behaviour when we don’t have an evidence-based blueprint. What I could guarantee is that we will not respond unanimously. As we begin this week at level 3, my educated guess … Read More

Welcome to alert level three. Now let’s finish what we started - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Apr 28, 2020

We wake today at alert level three. We are here because of the incredible job everyone has done while we have been in lockdown at alert level four. No one doubts how hard this has been for so many people. For their mental and physical wellbeing. For their livelihoods. This global pandemic has turned our world upside down. To everyone … Read More

Studying the lockdown life - COVID-19

Guest Author Apr 22, 2020

Associate Professor Leah Watkins and Associate Professor Rob Aitken   Living in lockdown is a rare phenomenon, and one that provides a unique opportunity to examine our spending habits. NZ lifestyles under the microscope Researchers at the University of Otago have been conducting an ongoing research programme designed to provide insights into the lifestyles, consumption patterns and behavioural … Read More

Delight, relief and caution: six experts on New Zealand’s move to ease its coronavirus lockdown - COVID-19

Guest Author Apr 21, 2020

Dougal Sutherland, Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington; Arindam Basu, University of Canterbury; Malcolm Campbell, University of Canterbury; Martin Berka, Massey University; Michael Baker, University of Otago, and Richard Shaw, Massey University New Zealand will begin easing its national lockdown from next Tuesday, but only after a five-day extension of some of the world’s strictest COVID-19 restrictions. Read More

About those cries of ‘over-reaction’ on NZ’s Covid-19 response - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Apr 15, 2020

A group of six New Zealand academics yesterday announced their “vision for a balanced response” to the Covid-19 pandemic. They are calling that vision “Plan B”. They even have a website and a PR firm attached. They are clearly serious. Their plan is for New Zealand to return “to normality as soon … Read More

When will we know the lockdown is working? - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Mar 27, 2020

Just before midnight on Wednesday March 25, Aotearoa New Zealand entered a countrywide alert level four lockdown. For at least the next four weeks, everyone who isn’t an essential worker is confined to their bubble. We are doing this to stop the explosive growth in people contracting and dying from Covid-19 that so many other countries are experiencing. Over … Read More

‘Overjoyed’: a leading health expert on New Zealand’s coronavirus shutdown, and the challenging weeks ahead - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Mar 24, 2020

Michael Baker, University of Otago Overjoyed. That’s not a word epidemiologists normally use, but that’s how I felt after hearing Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s announcement about New Zealand’s COVID-19 shutdown of everything except essential services for at least four weeks from midnight on Wednesday. More than anything, I just felt a huge sense of relief. That … Read More