12:00 PM.A growing number of experts and sector groups want New Zealand to shut down schools and businesses to avoid community transmission of the Coronavirus.
Nicola Wright has the news bulletin. Read more Audio
12:12 PM.The Teaching Council is asking the government to close schools and daycare centres immediately in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak.
The call comes in an open letter from the council's chief… Read more Audio
12:16 PM.The travel booking agency Flight Centre has announced it has made 250 people redundant and closed 33 shops. Audio
12:16 PM.The Reserve Bank has announced it will buy back up to 30-billion dollars worth of government bonds to further boost the economy.
The move, known as quantitative easing, is aimed at giving more funds… Read more Audio
12:17 PM.The Reserve Bank's stepped in with more economic support through a 30-billion dollar buy back of government bonds. Audio
12:19 PM.Pressure is mounting on the government to provide a economic package to assist large companies starting to feel the pinch from the Covid-19 pandemic. Audio
12:20 PM.The campervan and tourism company, Tourism Holdings, has asked the government for financial support, as the tourism sector has been devastated by the Covid-19 virus. Audio
12:21 PM.An increasing number of listed companies are battening down the hatches to reduce the impact of Covid-19 virus. Audio
12:22 PM.For the latest from the markets we're joined by Brad Gordon of Hobson Wealth Partners. Audio
12:24 PM.SkyCity's Adelaide casino will close this afternoon - midday in Australia - and the company is preparing for potential closures of its New Zealand establishments. Audio
12:25 PM.The energy company, Mercury, says the recently upgrade of the 70-year-old Whakamaru Power plant has improved its output by 20 percent -- enough to power 12-thousand-700 electric vehicles. Audio
12:26 PM.The New Zealand Olympic Committee is calling on the IOC to quickly decide if they'll delay the Tokyo Games due to the coronavirus. Audio
12:36 PM.The Agriculture Minister, Damien O'Connor, says he's working with officials to determine what if any escalation to the Covid-19 alert level could mean for food producers' operations. Audio
12:43 PM.Our reporter, Eva Corlett, has been listening in to the news conference. Audio
12:43 PM.A union representing bus drivers will be putting in stricter measures to help protect drivers and passengers from Covid-19. Audio