COVID-19 media conference — 17 November 2021 at 1pm

Watch the media conference with government officials and ministers at 1pm.

The COVID-19 media conference starts at 1pm.


  • Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
  • COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins
  • Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield.

Watch the media conference below.

Update on COVID-19 cases — 17 November 2021

There were 21,031 first and second vaccine doses administered yesterday, made up of 6,664 first doses and 14,367 second doses. To date, of New Zealanders aged over 12 years, 91% have had their first dose and 82% are fully vaccinated.

There were 194 community cases:

  • 180 in Auckland
  • 5 in Waikato
  • 3 in Northland
  • 6 in Lakes.

Update on today's COVID-19 cases | (external link)

Christchurch case

There is 1 new case to report in Christchurch today. This case will be officially added to our case numbers tomorrow.

The person flew back to Christchurch on flight NZ1295 last Saturday 13 November after travelling to Auckland for an event. They became symptomatic on Sunday and went for a test on Monday.

Passengers on flight NZ1295 are advised to monitor for symptoms for the next 10 days and get a test today.

Death of a man in his 60s

Sadly, today we are reporting the death of a man in his 60s at North Shore Hospital. The man was admitted to hospital on 4 November with COVID-19 symptoms and subsequently tested positive. He died yesterday.

Our thoughts are with his family and whanau at this deeply sad time. The whānau has been offered support by the DHB

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