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No MIQ space for expected Covid surge

The Government yesterday stopped even pretending that it could stamp Covid out. The Prime Minister had almost conceded as much on Monday when she said...

Covid strategy flakes as reality bites

The Government's Covid management strategy yesterday began its re-entry into reality, and bits seemed to flake off in the process. The Whanau Ora Commissioning Agency,...

How white middle-class bureaucrats are holding up Maori vaccinations

The Covid story is rapidly becoming a Maori story as Maori dominate new cases, and vaccination rates among Maori lag well behind the overall...

Ardern supporters turn on her

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was under fire from her own supporters last night after what they argued was a backdown over Covid restrictions in...

Moving beyond elimination

It is time to move on beyond the elimination strategy. That was a consensus view yesterday among both Opposition politicians and some of the country’s...

The tough questions are starting

The whole focus of the Covid fight is now going to swing to reaching the 90 per cent vaccination target. Only then will borders be...

Four weeks ago Collins fired him; now he’s leading National’s big Covid response plan

National yesterday capitalised on the Tuesday night failure of 25,008 people to get Managed Isolation and Quarantine (MIQ) vouchers to get back to New...

Shaw and the fragile international politics of climate change

Climate Change Minister James Shaw is heading off to the  COP26 conference in Glasgow, knowing that New Zealand has lost a considerable chunk of...

Opening up the border (slowly)

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says the self-isolation trial announced yesterday for business people returning from overseas will likely become universal for all travellers in...

Key’s Covid comments challenge both Ardern and Collins

Former Prime Minister Sir John Key yesterday filled the vacuum which has been National’s indifferent response to the Covid crisis. Key's much-read "op-ed” on both...

The PM picks a political number

The Government’s release yesterday of modelling to show likely Covid deaths at various vaccination rates may owe more to politics than pure mathematics. The release...

The big vaccination question

Australian Tourism Minister, Dan Tehan, yesterday told the country’s National Press Club that he hopes fully vaccinated Australians returning from overseas will be able...

The trade offs ahead

The clear message from the Government now is that the Covid future entirely depends on the vaccination rate. And the trade-offs such as lock-downs that...

Government reviewing Covid strategies

The Government appears to be looking at adjusting its response to future delta outbreaks. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern suggested this at her Covid media conference...

Is Bridges the answer?

Polling out late yesterday has raised more questions about National Leader Judith Collins' future. The poll, by National’s own pollster, David Farrar, for the right-wing...