Yes it is. It was never decreed to eliminate all, the plan was always to mop up the odd case as they turned up. If it was to be full on eliminate, Level 4 would have no end date, as the end date would be unknown, we would stay in it, until some target, say 15 days with zero cases after massive testing was achieved, that could be months
Jacinda Ardern repeatedly advised that Alert level 4 meant "eliminate" here is but one example
Yes I agree, and I understood it like that too.
Coming out of Level 4 if we still have to 'mop up' is a failure in my mind because then we have not achieved what level 4 was set out to achieve.