WTH? I mean, we pick them up by our own means as we did already worldwide for 175,000 Germans!
+++ The New Zealand government continues to block the exit of foreigners who want to go home because of the Corona crisis - including around 12,000 Germans. The German embassy in Wellington announced on Facebook that the New Zealand State Department had informed the representations of all countries that the stop on the return flights, which originally ran until Wednesday, had been extended. "For how long was it not said." Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said at a press conference that the government was working on “framework conditions” for flight resumption, the message said. This would take "a few days". +++
My guess is if they were all sitting in Auckland ready to go this would be happening already. Likely the 12000 are strewn all around the country and have to be transported to Auckland. It's a fairly significant logistical problem that need to be sorted inside the country