The Prime Minister has confirmed Aotearoa will stay at orange Covid restrictions despite a significant jump in daily Covid cases and forecasts of a second virus peak.
Daily cases have hit 9,629 on Tuesday with predictions it could reach 20,000 new cases a day in the next few weeks.
The Ministry of Health's also confirmed yet another subvariant of the virus known as BA.2.75, which has has found its way across our border.
Meanwhile many schools gutted by Covid, winter illnesses and teacher shortages are hanging out for the holidays that start on Friday, giving them a chance to regroup after spending the past term plugging gaps.
Checkpoint called three schools, all of them have mandated mask wearing, with a few exemptions, to see what it's taking to get to the term two finish line.