The Covid Chronicles

The Covid Chronicles

Lessons from New Zealand

Paul Little


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The dramatic story of New Zealand's response to a global pandemic

For the first time in history, on 15 March 2020 the New Zealand government closed the country's borders. What followed was a story unprecedented in almost every way imaginable.

Featuring Finance Minister Grant Robertson, science communicator Siouxsie Wiles, Queenstown Mayor Jim Boult, funeral directors Francis and Kaiora Tipene, Student Volunteer Army founder Sam Johnson, the Prime Minister's Chief Science Adviser Juliet Gerrard, businesswoman Jenene Crossnan and Auckland City Missioner Chris Farrelly - from a kura kaupapa principal to real estate agents: The Covid Chronicles is a multi-stranded account of one of the most extraordinary times in Aotearoa's history, and the lessons we must heed for our future.


Paul Little:

Paul Little was born in Auckland in 1957 and lives in Northland, where his lockdown bubble included his wife and father-in-law. He has worked widely as a feature writer, newspaper columnist, magazine editor and publisher for more than 40 years, with diversions into radio and television. His books include several best-selling anthologies and ghost-written memoirs, the most recent being Life as a Casketeer. He won the 2020 Voyager Media award for Reviewer of the Year.