Yeah well aware of what she said. It just doesn't actually make a whole lot of sense. But then domestic border closures between negligible case states never really did after the first wave anyway.
The fact you have a foreign leader citing domestic freedom of movement for Australians as a delay tactic is pretty pathetic. She's covering for her own government's ongoing failure to create a decent track and trace system. If you follow her government you learn pretty quickly that delivery is not its strong point so all true to form.
Toenga cites a lengthy justification for it except it's all negated by effective track and trace. But shrug, whatevs! A prime opportunity to revitalise the local aviation sector, tourism and hospitality, alongside countless family connections, all goes wanting because of the vagaries of lightweight leadership.
Meanwhile, Australia manages to take Kiwis just fine. Weird huh?
NZ track and trace, after a shaky start has outperformed the excellent NSW system for some time.
We are actually a lot more open to the rest of the world then Australia, we do not have the equivalent ban on leaving the country, and our managed border isolation throughout is about 4x that of Auctralia's on a per head basis. The downside of this is that we have, relatively more exposure to covid border incursions, currently occuring at about one every two weeks, the latest an Air NZ employee that genome testing has verified was contacted on overseas deployment.
We have had 5 deaths per million, compared to 36. A domestic economy that has had to endure with a lot fewer covid restrictions then Australia. The Australian opening up the border to NZ showed vulnerabilities in the Australian contact tracing systems, when contact details dutifully entered on arrival cards were not forwarded to destination state authorities.
But the prime condition for opening the border now exists, near zero community transmission. It is such a pity the next steps have not been achieved.
If there is any lightweight leadership it is the Federal PM, in not getting those important agreed cross state and international systems and protocols for contact tracing, that is as mobile as tourists, and agreed outbreak control and repatriation measures. He can't even get an agreed definition of a hotspot for an outbreak. Like coping with any National emergency such as the simultaneous multiple bushfires, it does require leadership to step up to ensure close cooperation across those State Borders.
I was in agreement with you until this post, but this is ridiculous. NSW is rightfully acknowledged as having one of the best test and trace systems in the world. The sheer volume of data that NSW collects and analyses is magnitudes larger than NZ. NZ didn’t have tens of thousands of people coming from Victoria in early July, didn’t have an outbreak linked to one of those people, and therefore didn’t have that outbreak peak at just 22 cases per day (indeed there was only one day over 20 cases), all while maintaining a relatively open economy (cf Auckland in late August). What NSW Health has achieved since July is actually incredible, given that it is known to be in the community, and especially given how relatively few restrictions NSW has had throughout that time.
Looking at the figures, I have to concede that NSW test and trace performance has, and is, spectacular. Up with the absolute world best.
The fact that NZ has been able to quickly contain the last four or five border incursions with minimal onward transmission, and without upping alert levels from level 1, border controls only, is now testament that our system is now up there too, but perhaps does not have the NSW surge capacity.
There is no doubt that NSW provided a working model, for upgrading the NZ system to a now comparable standard.
There is also no doubt, that there is constant dialogue between the various State, and the NZ, Chief Medical Officers , relatively free from any political intervention. This sharing of knowledge, and the acceptance of their advice, by their political masters, has stood both countries incredibly well.
My feeling is that the Federal Government is not quite in the same loop.
As I have said, I think there is sufficient competence within State, and Central Government officials to produce workable and acceptably safe protocols.
The Australasian covid performance is something we can be proud of.
This performance though, was only obtained because of clear effective leadership, and forward planning on the trot and even on the gallop, at times. The effects of chance were minimised by planning ahead for any possible eventualities with counter measures.