The federal election is taking place during a fourth wave of COVID-19, and border management remains crucial to controlling the pandemic. Here’s how each major party would manage travel restrictions.
People in Canterbury have been told to be patient as their vaccination is delayed by weeks, but regional disparities in the vaccine rollout are unacceptable as we face new COVID-19 variants.
The right to return is real but not absolute, and must be balanced with the rights of those already in New Zealand.
Despite the latest tweaks to border testing rules, the risk of imported infection remains very high. NZ’s wider response needs upgrading —including reducing the large numbers of infected returnees.
With six COVID-19 incursions in three months, New Zealand needs to change its approach to border control to reduce the risk of quarantine staff catching the virus from travellers.