Kia ora Te Whanganui-a-Tara, here’s everything you need to know about what’s happening in the region today, Wednesday July 14th.
1:30 p.m .: 13 sailors on the Covid ship confirmed with the Delta variant
The highly contagious Delta version of Covid-19 has been confirmed in 13 of the infected sailors who came to Wellington aboard a Spanish deep-sea fishing vessel this week.
There were two confirmed cases on the ship when it docked in Wellington on Monday flying the flag of maritime quarantine. The entire crew was tested for the virus on arrival with results, delivered on Tuesday, confirming that 15 of the 20 on board had been infected.
The Department of Health confirmed on Wednesday that 13 of them had the Delta version of Covid-19. The 12 new cases were genomically linked while the 13th – which had been previously confirmed – appeared to be unrelated.
The ministry said on Wednesday that another crew member had been quarantined after becoming ill. Four remained on board.
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1 p.m .: the road reopens after an accident
Masterton-Castlepoint Road reopened after an accident that left a truck driver with moderate severity at
injuries. Police were alerted to a truck crashing into a bridge at the intersection of Masterton-Castlepoint Road and Te Parae Road at around 6:10 a.m.
The driver of the truck was taken to hospital with moderate to severe injuries.
Earlier Wednesday, police warned of ice storm over Wellington and the Wairarapa and urged motorists to be careful.
“When you are on a wet, icy or snowy road, it is important not to brake suddenly or accelerate quickly, as you could hydroplan or skid,” said a spokesperson.
8:45 am: Police respond to multiple road rage incident reports
Police are responding to reports that one person in a car assaulted another person in a car on the Centennial Freeway at around 8:10 a.m.
Several reports were made to police about the incident, just before Ngāūranga Gorge, near Jarden Mile.
A police spokeswoman said the two vehicles were heading north and police were now trying to identify all parties involved.
8 am: Cancellation of public transport
The 5 a.m. train from Waikanae to Wellington was canceled between Porirua and Wellington due to ice on overhead power lines. Metlink “Limited bus replacements from sources”.
The 5:30 am train from Waikanae went to Porirua, then was also canceled. The 6:13 train from Plimmerton to Wellington has been canceled.
Commuters should expect additional delays for all services on the Kāpiti Line due to freezing conditions.
Johnsonville Trains will run every half hour from 6:32 a.m.
7:30 am: a truck hits a bridge, road closed in Tauweru
A truck struck a bridge at the intersection of Te Parae Rd and Masterton-Castlepoint Rd east of Masterton.
Police said they were notified at 6:10 a.m. on Wednesday and that Masterton-Castlepoint Road was to be closed for a few hours while the truck was removed.
The driver, the sole occupant of the truck, sustained moderate to severe injuries.
Plimmerton Kombucha brings flavor to the fore as they plan to grow
A little over five years ago, Paul Fantham started brewing Plimmerton Kombucha in his garage, to help his wife cope with a sensitive stomach.
The results set Fantham and his companion John Davidson on the path to a business venture that is now poised to tackle kombucha brands across the country.
“I don’t know why the bigger players have so little flavor. We want to be leaders in the kombucha market without diluting the integrity of our drink, ”Davidson says.
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Morning feud ahead of crucial council meeting revealed
Wellington City Councilor Diane Calvert told Mayor Andy Foster that “you just don’t get it” after sending out a series of proposed last-minute changes to the council’s 10-year plan on the morning of the vote.
Another adviser, Jill Day, also slammed Foster, saying the email, sent at 1:25 am, was ‘already seen’, after Foster introduced 11 last-minute amendments to his draft 10-year plan. in February.
You can read Damian George’s full story here
Reduced peak bus services
There will be fewer buses on some of Wellington’s busiest roads during rush hour, to help Metlink cope with a driver shortage,
The new schedule goes into effect on July 25, affecting 12 services in Wellington, six in the Hutt Valley and one in Porirua.
You can read Joel MacManus’ full story here
Baby Orca to receive milk replacement formula
Wellington’s stranded baby orca, nicknamed Toa, will receive a milk replacement formula this morning, as decisions are made about finding his pod.
Toa washed up on a beach in Plimmerton on Sunday, and hundreds of volunteers searched for the baby’s capsule.
Estimated at 4 to 6 months, the baby is not yet weaned, and finding its pod has been described as critical.
The search was suspended overnight and the situation was reassessed in the morning.
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HPV vaccination numbers are dropping
Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccinations have dropped as the Covid-19 pandemic disrupts the school-based vaccination program with more than a quarter of grade 8 students still not vaccinated.
National Health Party spokesman Shane Reti feared the 21,000 unvaccinated eighth graders were at greater risk of developing cancer, while public health nurses were now too occupied by vaccinations against Covid-19.
Besides screening, vaccinations are the best way to stop cervical cancer, which kills around 50 women each year.
Read Bridie Witton’s report here
Pregnant women could help prevent future RSV outbreaks
Pregnant women could help prevent future outbreaks of respiratory syncytial virus by participating in clinical trials, one of which aims to develop the world’s first RSV vaccine.
The University of Otago is part of an international study, with Dr Thorsten Stanley, senior professor of pediatrics and pediatrician at Wellington Regional Hospital, calling for the participation of healthy pregnant women.
“There is a really exciting prospect to immunize women while they are pregnant, between 24 and 36 weeks gestation, and see if we can prevent the baby from contracting the virus in the same way that we have managed to do. prevent whooping cough. “
Read Katarina Williams’ report here