Today in New Zealand: 3 September 2021

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Today in New Zealand:

  • Significant reduction in daily COVID-19 cases (but still too many cases)
  • ABBA releases new music
  • Auckland (bearing the brunt of the COVID outbreak) is recovering from heavy flooding in some areas
  • Kiwis do the right thing: 29.1% of full eligible population are fully immunized and 55.8% have at least 1 dose of the Pfizer vaccine
  • Nurses across New Zealand are stepping up to go to Auckland to help Auckland nurses and hospitals cope with the COVID outbreak. (Nurses: you rock.)
  • The poor mother of a COVID-positive grown-ass man apologises to the nation for her son escaping managed isolation yesterday, possibly exposing more people to COVID, after reporting him to police (please don’t apologise; his stupid actions are not your fault, and you did the right thing)
  • A man with radical ideology, being monitored by authorities, attacked people in an Auckland supermarket in a terrorist attack, injuring several people but thank God our police were there to stop him before he hurt more people or killed anyone (Kiwi Police: you also rock.)
  • Our Prime Minister said some amazing things to our nation about this attack. From Reuters:

“The man alone who was responsible for the violence, not a faith, she said.

“’It was hateful, it was wrong. It was carried out by an individual, not a faith,’ Ardern said. ‘He alone carries the responsibility for these acts.’

“’It would be wrong to direct any frustration to anyone beyond this individual.’”

So we’re thinking the world’s going a tad bit crazy in some ways. But it’s the normal people who get us through this. Good leadership will get us through this. And there’s plenty of normal people to go around.

Kia kaha.