Tonight's massive $43 million Powerball prize has not been struck and will jackpot on Saturday to a must-win $50m.
The Auckland coolstore employee who tested positive for Covid-19 worked directly with frozen food but his boss says consumers shouldn't be alarmed.
A scientist who has modelled the chances of a Covid-19 resurgence in New Zealand says there are likely to be "five to six dozen" people with the virus now out in the community.
Destiny Church bishop Brian Tamaki has told his followers they should take to the streets if the Government announces an extension to the current three-day lockdown in effect in Auckland.
The PM has called on the opposition to support New Zealand's response to Covid-19's resurgence after National deputy leader Gerry Brownlee labelled the timing of recent announcements as "interesting".
Director general of health Dr Ashley Bloomfield says there are four probable cases with symptoms linked to the community outbreak of Covid-19.
One of the people who has tested positive for Covid-19 had been off work on sick leave for nine days.
National leader Judith Collins has called for the election to be delayed until at least November, and preferably next year.
Aucklanders who have been fleeing the level 3 lockdown and heading to their beachside baches are being urged to stay home.
The dissolution of Parliament has been delayed, election campaigning postponed and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is reconsidering the September 19 poll date as she grapples with the return of Covid-19 in the community.
A top Otago University scientist says the extreme scenario would be New Zealand going back to the situation in March when Covid-19 was extinguished after seven weeks of level 3 and 4 lockdown.
A worst case scenario would be if authorities cannot trace the source of the new Covid-19 outbreak and more cases with no clear links to others emerge, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says.
Rest homes are going into full lockdown until midnight on Friday, effectively operating at Alert Level 4.
Most of New Zealand will return to Alert Level 2 today after community transmission of Covid-19 was confirmed for the first time in 102 days.