The lockdown measures are to save lives, PM says.
Covid-19 Minister Chris Hipkins 'optimistic' ahead of Cabinet decision.
Long queues at Papatoetoe High School testing site this morning.
'We have stamped out the virus before, and we will do it again.'
A sudden and dramatic change in NZ's alert levels after three positive cases.
Officials will likely release more information about the new Hamilton case.
The person had been in self-isolation since leaving the Pullman seven days ago.
The new case has been isolating since last week.
Ardern is talking on the housing crisis and new US President Joe Biden.
The PM has unveiled a number of regions where 8000 new state houses will go.
Of the six, two are from the US, three from the UK and one from South Africa.
The person from the United Kingdom tested positive during routine testing around day 1.
There are no new community cases and one case in managed isolation.
But National has come out against the move, saying it would 'make our economy crook'.
The new Auckland public transport face masks rule comes into effect on Thursday.