Comments for Dark Brightness Reformed Theology: in times like these. Wed, 01 Apr 2020 22:16:10 +0000 hourly 1 Comment on 2 April 2020 by Amy Wed, 01 Apr 2020 22:16:10 +0000 Do I get some sort of medal for having the entire Robert Jordan thing? It didn’t get horrible for me until about book 8-9, but darn if there weren’t too many loose ends to just leave tossed around my brain untidily at that point.

And then he went and DIED before he finished it. -sigh- The finishing books were most unsatisfactory. Authorial voice matters.

Comment on Monday Technical. by Amy Mon, 30 Mar 2020 13:47:30 +0000 Mechanics are considered essential in the US, and we can order what we like, as so are delivery drivers.

Actually – there’s a six page list of essential jobs here…

You ain’t seen nothing. This is the kiwi list, and no we can’t order what we like, and we are worried about getting pet food

The following services are considered essential. That means businesses carrying out these functions can remain open, including any critical suppliers in their supply chains, eg a firm repairing IT and data infrastructure for an essential service is okay to remain in operation.

This list will evolve over time. It was last updated at 4.30 pm, 30 March 2020.
Sectors Entities providing essential services (including their supply chains)

Lead agency: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Any entity that provides accommodation services for essential workers, isolation/quarantine, and emergency housing
Retirement villages
Backpackers accommodation (see Additional decisions and exemptions for more information)


Lead agency: Customs New Zealand

Customs New Zealand, Immigration New Zealand and the Ministry for Primary Industries.

Building and construction

Lead agency: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Any entity involved in building and construction related to essential services and critical infrastructure, including those in the supply and support chain
Any entity involved in any work required to address immediate health or life safety risks, or to prevent serious environmental harm, and relevant essential supply chain elements
Any entity with statutory responsibilities or that is involved in building and resource consenting necessary for the above purposes.

Courts, tribunals and the justice system

Lead agency: Ministry of Justice

Courts of New Zealand, tribunals
Critical Crown entities (eg Electoral Commission).


Lead agency: Ministry of Education

At Alert Level 4:

Any entity or individual determined by the Secretary for Education as required to provide distance or online learning (eg printers, devices, IT)

At Alert Level 3 only:

Any person employed or contracted as teaching, nursery and childcare staff, including specialist education professionals and others who provide support (eg to disabled children)
Any person employed by or contracted to an educational facility
Any entity supplying educational facilities or educational materials (eg printers)

Fast-moving consumer goods

Lead agency: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Any entity involved in the supply, delivery, distribution and sale of food, beverage and other key consumer goods essential for maintaining the wellbeing of people.

Financial services

Lead agencies: Financial Markets Authority and Reserve Bank of New Zealand

Any entity that operates consumer and business financial services, financial services infrastructure including banking services, a stock exchange, broking services, payment and settlement systems, funds management including KiwiSaver, insurance services, financial advice, and support services such as administrators, supervisors and custodians.
Reserve Bank guidance on essential financial services(external link)


Lead agency: Ministry of Health

District Health Boards (and all of their facilities), Pharmac, New Zealand Blood Service, Health Promotion Agency, Health Quality and Safety Commission
Any person employed or contracted as a doctor, nurse, midwife, pharmacist, paramedic, medical laboratory scientists, kaiāwhina workers, social workers, aged care and community workers, and caregivers more generally
Hospitals, primary care clinics, pharmacies, medical laboratories, care facilities (eg rest homes)
Emergency dental and optometry care services
Any entity providing ambulance services
Any entity involved with the deceased/tūpāpaku (eg funeral homes, crematories, cemeteries)
Any entity producing health sector equipment, medicines and PPE.(external link)
The Ministry of Health has further information on essential services in the health and disability system(external link)

Local and national government

Lead agencies: Department of Internal Affairs (local government) and State Services Commission (national government)

Any entity involved in COVID-19 response, enforcement, planning or logistics or that has civil defence/emergency management functions (including any entity that supplies services for these purposes)
Key public services.

Foreign government
Lead agency: Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Maintaining critical operations at foreign missions based in New Zealand.

Primary industries, including food and beverage production and processing

Lead agency: Ministry for Primary Industries

Any entity involved in the packaging, production and processing of food and beverage products, whether for domestic consumption or export
Any entity involved in relevant support services, such as food safety and verification, inspection or associated laboratory services, food safety and biosecurity functions
Any entity providing veterinary services
Any entity whose closure would jeopardise the maintenance of animal health or welfare standards (including the short-term survival of a species).

Public safety and national security

Lead agency: National Emergency Management Agency

The Department of Corrections, Fire and Emergency New Zealand, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Justice, New Zealand Defence Force, New Zealand Police, New Zealand Security Intelligence Service, Government Communications Security Bureau
Courts of New Zealand
Any person employed or contracted in a public safety or national security role.


Lead agency: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

ESR, GNS, GeoNet, NIWA, MetService
Any entity (including research organisations) involved in COVID-19 response
Any entity (including research organisations) involved in hazard monitoring and resilience
Any entity (including research organisations) involved in diagnostics for essential services like biosecurity, public health
Laboratories and Physical Containment level 3 (PC3) facilities that could provide essential services and products that could be used to respond to COVID-19
Other significant research facilities including animal facilities, clinical trials and infrastructure that requires constant attention (eg samples, collections and storage facilities) that are important to New Zealand.

Social services

Lead Agency: Ministry of Social Development/Oranga Tamariki

Those entities, including non-government organisations, that provide welfare and social services to meet immediate needs, to be specified jointly by the Ministry of Social Development and Oranga Tamariki.

Transport and logistics

Lead agency: Ministry of Transport

The Ministry of Transport has provided specific advice for the transport sector. This may be updated as the response evolves.
Ministry of Transport: Essential services(external link)
Customs New Zealand advice on essential and non-essential goods(external link)
Any small passenger service vehicle driver (who holds the relevant licence) such as ride-share or taxi drivers
Any entity providing services to keep vehicles operational for essential work purposes (eg vehicle testing, mechanics, tyre services)
Ministry of Transport, New Zealand Customs, New Zealand Transport Agency, Civil Aviation Authority (including Aviation Security Service), Maritime New Zealand (including the Rescue Coordination Centre), Airways NZ, MetService, KiwiRail (including Interislander), and any entity which is contracted by these entities
Any entity that provides, or is contracted to an entity that provides, logistics services, including New Zealand Post and courier services
Any entity providing, or that is contracted by an entity that provides, transport services to the Ministry of Health, a District Health Board, a Medical Officer of Health, or a Controller (as defined in section 4 of the Civil Defence and Emergency Management Act 2002)
Any entity which provides services related to the maintenance and ongoing operation of critical infrastructure (eg roads, rail, ports, airports)
Any entity which operates or is contracted by an entity listed in Schedule 1 of the Civil Defence and Emergency Management Act 2002, an aerodrome, a passenger and/or freight aviation service, a passenger and/or freight shipping service, a road freight service, a rail freight service, a vehicle recovery service; or a public transport service (under contract with a Regional Council).
The delivery of solid fuels (including firewood, pellets and coal) for immediate needs (eg home heating) or fulfilling existing orders is an essential service.

Utilities and communications, including supply chains

Lead agency: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, and Ministry for Culture and Heritage (for broadcasting)

Any entity involved in the production, supply, sale distribution or disposal of electricity, gas, water, wastewater (eg sanitation), waste (eg rubbish collection and recycling), liquid and solid fuel, telecommunication services, and any entity that is contracted by these entities
The delivery of solid fuels (including firewood, pellets and coal) for immediate needs (eg home heating) or fulfilling existing orders, is an essential service.
News (including news production) and broadcast media
Internet service providers
Any entity that provides maintenance and repair services for utilities and communications, including supply chains
Any entity supplying services to essential workplaces that are required for the safe operation of that workplace (eg cleaning, security services)
Commercial cleaners that clean common areas of apartment buildings may also continue to operate, where there is high-traffic (eg lifts, stairwells).

Additional decisions and exemptions – updated 4.30 pm, 30 March 2020

All supermarkets and dairies are considered essential services. A supermarket’s primary focus is selling food products, and is a retail store operating on a self-service basis, selling groceries, fresh produce, meat, bakery and dairy products, and sometimes an assortment of non-food goods. Dairies must operate a one-in-one-out rule, and cannot sell cooked food.
You can download a ‘one at a time in our store please’ poster from our resources page
Essential consumer products other than food may be provided subject to conditions. If a business cannot meet these conditions, it must not offer goods for sale during the Alert Level 4 period.
See below for details
Food delivery other than cooked prepared meals such as takeaways is allowed (eg supermarket home delivery, food parcels from charitable organisations, subscription food boxes, or any other whole-food delivery service). Meals-on-Wheels and alternative meals on wheels services that have been referred from a DHB, ACC or MSD may continue to deliver prepared food. Ordering, payment and delivery must be contactless and the business must operate safely within the general health guidelines such as physical separation and hygiene.
Food banks are considered an essential social service. Food banks must operate a one-in-one-out rule, and cannot sell or provide cooked food.
Locksmiths can undertake essential work on emergency call-outs and essential activity to maintain the security of premises/personal properties.
Turf maintenance is not considered an essential service and should not be undertaken at this time.
Pet care services are not considered to be essential, except where necessary to maintain existing boarding of animals in pet care, or for long-term care when no other alternatives are available.
Vehicle washing services must only be undertaken when supporting essential services to ensure they are complying with the necessary health and safety requirements. Eg washing off contaminated or biohazard materials.
Road safety equipment for road construction should only be used only where maintenance is essential.
Farmers markets are not considered to be an essential service, as alternatives are available.
Liquor stores must close to the public unless they are in Licensing Trust Areas and the liquor store is operated by the Licensing Trust in that area. Open premises in Licensing Trust Areas can operate with a one-in-one-out rule.
Pest management may be undertaken only where required for human health and safety, and it is essential during the Alert Level 4 period. However, operators must ensure people have somewhere safe to go while the process is underway, in particular where a property is being vacated.
Campgrounds may continue to operate under very strict protocols and management of access. Eg contact to be maintained only with people staying in the same abode/room; common social and recreation areas to be closed; split shift access to common areas.
Backpacker accommodation providers may continue to operate under very strict protocols and management of access conditions. Eg contact to be maintained only with people staying in the same room; common social and recreation areas to be closed; split shift access to common areas.
Butchers, bakeries and similar small-scale food retailers are considered non-essential, as similar products are readily available in supermarkets.
Furniture moving, in general, is not considered to be essential. Anyone who was moving house before Alert Level 4 had until the end of Friday 27 March to complete their move.
Natural health services are considered non-essential.
Security is considered an essential service, even if security services are being provided in relation to a premise for a non-essential service.
Self-storage facilities can operate only to facilitate access for essentials. New sales or expiries of units are considered non-essential. Access to existing lockers is permitted for essential items or services only. Eg fridges.
Critical support services to ensure businesses and workers can continue working from home are considered to be essential. This includes functions such as IT and Payroll.
Rental cars may be accessed in some circumstances. Ministry of Transport has put out documentation on essential transport logistics and services.
Please refer to the Ministry of Transport website(external link)
Every restaurant, café and bar must close all aspects of their operation.
Self-service laundries can stay open, with 2-metre physical distancing to be enforced.
Bunnings, Placemakers, Mitre 10 and other retailers essential to the supply chain for building and construction can stay open to trade customers for essential purposes only.
The Tiwai Point smelter is exempt from closure.
NZ Steel is to shut down in a way that allows for production to recommence easily.
Pulp and paper plants are to shut down their non-essential elements in a way that allows for production to recommence easily, and while maintaining essential production.
Methanex can remain in production, but at a scale consistent with the stability of gas supply.

NZ Govt Covid 19 website

Comment on Friday Fitness Lockdown. by weka Thu, 26 Mar 2020 22:32:31 +0000 In reply to Amy.

I’m worried about our box owner. We’ve been out since last last year due to a series of health issues.

This morning 4.7 km walk in an hour. Not fast, but good for my head.

Comment on Friday Fitness Lockdown. by Amy Thu, 26 Mar 2020 13:52:41 +0000 My gym (and others) are lending equipment to good customers during this time. This is helpful, because living in SoCal means that weights over 10lb sold out almost as quickly as toilet paper!

You might check if your regular small-gym owner would be willing to do likewise.

Another thing I did was get the old workout books and dust them off – pivot a bit on what I’m doing, achieve a bit of balance. Things one can do in the livingroom.

Comment on Wednesday Kipple by elspeth Wed, 25 Mar 2020 16:21:50 +0000 I love this poem.

Comment on The ethics of scarcity. by Amy Sun, 22 Mar 2020 16:37:34 +0000 I made my first appt to give blood today… it cheered me *immensely* to find out I couldn’t make it for the first few I tried, they were booked up.

“How can I help” is a good question both as a Christian and as someone who wishes to retain sanity and humanity.

Comment on Is there anything this crisis cannot do? Coronavirus diary. by Amy/Hearth Mon, 16 Mar 2020 14:50:42 +0000 They told the over-65s to stay home as of yday. Bars closed. Now it’s meetings of more than 50 – including weddings – for the next 8 weeks.

In LA, restaurants are closed, as well as gyms. I expect this in the next 48 hours here.

Wineries also closed, which I find confusing. What? Sunshine, fresh air and grapes are infection vectors?? The pace of the updated restrictions is … stressful and odd. Like, who announces more restrictions on a Sunday afternoon??

Comment on We don’t have to make things up. (Reactivity) by Amy Mon, 02 Mar 2020 02:32:59 +0000 In re immigration: Your native Californian correspondent has seen more horrors with illegal immigration and its abuses by those in $$ than she would care to shake a stick at.

We call the walking pig vomit “coyotes” as they take desperate people on panga boats and drop them in the ocean (some even with life vests!) to drown if they can’t get to shore. Or leave them in the desert. Or rape every female in their party as part of the “fee”. Or stuff a van full and drive insanely or… orr… but of course the gangbangers are walking through the air conditioned drug tunnels under the border instead.

And then the agribiz people and the chicken processing plants and the… hire them knowing full well that they aren’t legal and pretend that they are. And sometimes call ICE on them when it’s time to pay. And we hand them drivers’ licenses and now I have to get a RealID because my DL isn’t actually a very good identification card after all…

What we need is immigration reform that understands the corruption and the pressures of desperate people and can balance mercy and justice. Not impossible – at least if you think getting the $$ out of the game is possible. Meh.

At least they took down the ad for immigration lawyers from the public school bulletin board. That was nice.

Comment on Lent Sunday One [1 March 2020] by Amy Sat, 29 Feb 2020 20:27:23 +0000 Sorry to hear about the illness, will pray.

YES to subcreation. I ***strongly*** support this viewpoint. Yours truly at any rate gets very weird if she doesn’t get creation time.

Comment on 27th February, 2020 by elspeth Wed, 26 Feb 2020 23:24:47 +0000 “The biggest miracle is that Nineveh repented.”

We often overlook that, don’t we?