Omicron COVID-19 variant has been detected in South Africa. Here is what we know
After a new COVID-19 variant emerged in southern Africa, scientists, health officials and the public are concerned, and the World Health Organization is monitoring the situation closely. Here is what we know. full story
Omicron COVID variant outbreak sees Europe shutting borders to African nations
All 27 European nations agree to shut their borders to African nations with the new Omicron COVID variant in a bid to keep it out, as the WHO cautions nations against panicking. full story
Omicron variant hits South Africa, as country encounters vaccine hesitancy, conspiracy theories
Experts say vaccination rates need to pick up to prevent the new variant spreading in South Africa, as some of its citizens take their lead from preachers relying on misinformation from the internet. full story
Quote of the Day
"La plus perdue de toutes les journees est celle ou l'on n'a pas ri. The most wasted of all days is the day one did not laugh." Chamfort, Nicolas (1741-1794)
1849 - Death of Te Rauparaha
The formidable Ngāti Toa leader had dominated Te Moana-o-Raukawa - the Cook Strait region - from his base at Kapiti Island for nearly 20 years. more...
1935 - Labour wins power
The 1935 general election has long been seen a defining moment in New Zealand history. Undermined by its failure to cope with the distress of the Depression, the Coalition (‘National’) government was routed by the Labour Party, led by Michael Joseph Savage. more...
1940 - Liner sunk off East Cape
The 16,712-ton New Zealand Shipping Company liner Rangitane was intercepted and sunk 550 km off East Cape, with the loss of 15 lives. more...
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