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Covid-19 responses

Yes, Covid 19 is a threat, but getting behind the effort to contain it could be yet another opportunity to demonstrate to the world how brilliant we can be. While stopping the contagion matters, we could see the threat as an opportunity to turn New Zealand into the healthiest country on the planet and a climate-change role model.

Hygiene is important, but our vulnerability to the virus is an opportunity to spread the word about all the other measures that keep us healthy, strengthen our immune systems and avoid other nasty conditions that are already making more lives miserable than any coronavirus. What better time to give up smoking, and just imagine if every classroom, workplace, public space and notice board was as proactive about the importance of sleeping, eating well, and exercising as we are being about washing our hands.

Mike Ward

I am 70 years old – just. I have worked all my

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