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Fiji rugby league team thank Aus MIQ staff with hymn
The Fijian rugby league team - the Kaiviti Silktails - have sung a beautiful hymn of thanks to staff at their Australian MIQ hotel, where they've just finished two weeks isolation.
All the players stood out on their separate balconies in Sydney and their harmonies echoed around the amphitheatre-shaped building.
For many of the players, it's their first time outside of Fiji.
Drugs more dangerous than meth being produced in Fiji - police
Fiji Police say illicit drugs more lethal than methamphetamine are being produced in the country.
They've uncovered clandestine laboratories in the country - as the drug problem there escalates.
Christine Rovoi reports.
Māui Drone Project launched to bring species back from brink
A programme that could help bring back a dolphin species from the brink of extinction has been launched with the Prime Minister's support.
The Māui Drone Project - lead by the World Wildlife Foundation - brings together science and technology experts, fishing companies and the government.
Carmina Blewett has the story.
Tech problems, understaffing behind long Healthline wait times
Technical problems and not enough people to answer the phone led to some long waits to get through to Healthline, a Ministry of Health review has found.
On Thursday Lisa-Marie told Checkpoint she was told to self isolate for 14 days after she went to Kmart Botany, while a teenager who tested positive for Covid-19 was working there.
Lisa-Marie waited almost eight hours on the phone to Healthline in order to find out if her family also needed to isolate.
It turns out there were only five staff in the Auckland call centre that night.
Nita Blake-Persen has the details.
Queen Elizabeth speaks about receiving Covid-19 vaccine
The Queen is urging people to think about others when getting the Covid-19 vaccine.
The 94-year-old received her first jab last month, alongside her 99-year-old husband Prince Philip, who is currently in hospital with a non-Covid-19 infection.
The monarch spoke about her experience on a virtual call with health officials overseeing the vaccine rollout in the UK.
Prices for cars unlikely to drop following lockdown disruption
If you're in the market for a new car and have been holding out for prices to drop, you might be out of luck.
A vehicle shortage caused by the pandemic has seen the average sale price for both new and used cars climb since the middle of last year, with predictions once supply returned, prices would go down.
Supply is starting to come back, but as Emma Hatton reports, prices aren't budging.