Australia travel bubble - yes it's time. Obviously there are risks but I think we can manage these. It's quite right that if we do get a case from AU there were be a massive media upheaval, but that can't be helped when a significant quantity of journalists in this country are little more than hacks.
Use that as an opportunity to reduce overall MIQ numbers and free up some hotels to be used as hotels again. If we kept the same overall number of MIQ places we increase our risk exposure massively, simply because it will mean more people coming from Covid hotspots rather than the current 40% from effectively Covid-free Australia. Ultimately reducing the number of people coming here from Covid hotspots reduces our risk and the likelihood of a case leaking from the border.
Our response to the pandemic has hardly been perfect but overall it has been very, very good. I think a lot of people simply want to complain because they don't like the colour of the current government, and are not actually pointing out valid criticisms of our response. That said, there are some aspects of our response that deserve to be challenged and should be improved - but I would also say some commenters (not referring to GZers) don't do this constructively.
Ive not been in favour of the bubble, I saw too may risks on both sides. But it can't stay like this forever. Outbreaks will happen as long as we freely and happily bring back Kiwis, but the recent recoveries from an outbreak on both sides have been acceptable. That's the turning point. Its time to push that button. The Govt will lag on that Im sure, and the recent AUS-NZ deportation issues aren't a great help either.
Won't Australia be far more progressed with their immunistaion? NZs economy is very venerable until we get the builk of our population immunized, which is going to be months away. I see South Auckland is a priority area. But I think Auckland in general should also be a priority, because it is were most MIQ cases are held. Otherwise we are at very high risk of another lockdown. Where as countries like the UK which started immunization earlier will be able to get back to normal far earlier than NZ, and Australia will also likely get back to normal faster than NZ, as they have CSL making vaccines