Manurewa measles outbreak cancels Auckland mayoral candidate meeting

A 'Meet The Mayoral Candidates' evening being hosted by south Auckland's Manurewa High School has been cancelled due to a measles outbreak.

It was to be held on Thursday night, but the school says "due to circumstances this event has been cancelled".

"As you are all aware of the many cases of measles in the greater Auckland region, and a number of cases have been identified at Manurewa High School," board of trustees chairperson Stephen Smith told Newshub.

"Therefore, the Board of Trustees have decided for Health and Safety reasons that all non-school events will be postponed at this time to help prevent any further cases in the community."


Auckland Regional Public Health Service says it's been notified of 10 confirmed cases of measles at the high school.

"The service is supporting the school to stop the spread of the virus. It is providing advice on who needs to be in quarantine because they may have been exposed to measles, and are not immune," Medical Officer of Health, Dr William Rainger, told Newshub.

"A student or staff member with measles can easily infect others in a secondary school, where students move around to different classes and there are also cultural and sports teams."