New Zealand was preparing to move out of the strictest lockdown measures in the country’s history on Monday as the government reported only one new confirmed case of Covid-19 and said it had eliminated the spread of virus. At 11.59pm on Monday, New Zealand will lift its level-4 lockdown which has been in place for more than four weeks.
Air New Zealand has postponed the launch of its flight from Newark to Auckland, which would have been the fifth-longest in the world. The 8,810-mile nonstop was scheduled to begin on October 29 of this year, however it has been reported that it won’t happen until late 2021 because of the drop in demand from the coronavirus pandemic.
South Canterbury's log export industry is set for a long-awaited resumption after taking a hit during the Covid-19 pandemic. TPT Forests shipping manager Jason Smith confirmed the 32,000 tonne bulk carrier Hainan Island is scheduled to arrive in Timaru on Sunday to pick up 22,000 cubic metres of Blakely Pacific and Laurie Forestry logs bound for South Korea and China.