Let me put my cynic's hat on:
"It does not serve the country well if it undermines the trust, confidence, compliance and cooperation and ‘kindness’ necessary for New Zealanders to work together against Covid-19."
It does not serve the country well to have a media that is not allowed to do anything but toe the line. It is not the media's job to foster a sense of political unity by not asking why things officials say are happening are not happening.
Forgive me if I am a little reluctant to take the word of a senior Wellington academic on why we should be nicer to the government. Maybe they could ask some people who lost their jobs or worked for severely reduced pay during lockdown what their thoughts about exposing the country to further risk because the media can't ask hard questions, and why they should accept government by slogan which diverges from reality to the extent it could mean we are exposed to another outbreak.
Who said the media isnt allowed. Or its about being nicer to the Govt? Im reluctant to take the word of a journo who sells ads, the latest big headline, todays doomsday article. No one is denying any faults, but the general theme here is that doomsday is here Level 4 is next week, the country is doomed. ORRRR that whoever owns the problem whoever manages the centres, its getting sorted if not already, and it hasnt resulted in thousands of infected people wandering the cafes.
You've made it 110% political, which was alreday obvious. No one is decrying anyone picking holes in anyone else. the Govt, Dr A, Mike Bush, Police Military, MoH they are all involved, blame who you like, that doesnt really matter. What matters is its been or being fixed, with no collateral damage
The employees you mention, where would they be when L4 ended after 2 weeks, Onto L2 soon after, bubbles with Australia. We would be screwed. because your concerns, valid as they are, would have let this thing go wild here. The so called border control would not exist , bubble heaven. Last weeks news has been bad, , but it didnt let the cat out of the bag or close to it, its sorted now, and once again, after a month, NZ cases = 0
I'll go with the academic