A 1.3 billion rail project which includes replacing bridges and lowering tracks in tunnels will begin today. The start of the Northland rail work means no more train services will run between Swanson, in West Auckland, to Whang?rei. KiwiRail group chief executive Greg Miller said the project will enable more freight to be carried by rail and improve journey times, as well as service resilience and reliability.
There have been 10 days of no new reported cases of Covid-19. There remains one active case, the Ministry of Health has said in its latest update, released at 1pm. The number of confirmed and probable cases remains at 1504, and the death toll remains at 22.
Pandemic fears have failed to keep punters from the opening of New Zealand's largest homeware store, Nido, in West Auckland this weekend. Around midday today, there were more than 200 people in the queue, it took people around 50 minutes to get to the front - on top of 15 minutes negotiating a parking queue corralled by security guards.
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