Opinion piece extolling why MIQ should be removed:
If MIQ was dropped Omicron would flood NZ, there are many arriving daily, so why flood NZ now, while we are getting the laggards vaccinated, and more importantly, boosting those that are due or near due and the 5-11yo's? There will be a time when it wont matter, that's not now. If anyone wants Omicron to invade NZ sooner, then they should say that. "Buying Time" is what we have been doing to maximise our overall protection.
We're testing over 100 new positive cases a day, so they'll be many more untested cases in the community than that. The argument isn't that anyone wants Omicron in the community sooner, that ship has sailed because it's here already. The question that remains is how much MIQ isolations slow it down compared to self-isolation. At this point I'd question how much of a difference it will make. Many here seem to assume that if MIQ rules were changed that every new arrival would just immediately flout the rules and infect everyone, I think most (but not all) people are better than that and can be trusted.
Slowing the spread of Omicron could, in theory, be used as justification for all sorts of draconian measures. Who decides at which point a measure can't be justified anymore?
Questioning if the original (or Delta) strategy is appropriate against Omicron doesn't mean someone wants to flood the country with disease. Nor does it mean that they don't understand the rationale of those arguing to keep MIQ as is.
Regardless, I'd wager the explosion has already happened - we just can't see it yet.