'Ironic': Ardern refuses to go to Auckland, where she is an MP, but won't rule out Europe trip

Leah Panapa 29/10/2021

LISTEN: Jacinda Ardern has been called out for refusing to travel to Auckland, where she is an MP, but hasn't ruled out travelling to Europe for trade discussions.

ACT Party leader David Seymour has been visiting businesses and people in Tamaki Makarau who are struggling with the region's current COVID restrictions.

Former politician and United Future leader Peter Dunne is giving Seymour credit.

"Seymour's playing this extremely well," he told Magic Talk.

"He's being, I think, the one politician who is actually taking a clear stand as an alternative to what's happening at the moment."

Meanwhile, Ardern is letting down her own people, Dunne says.

"I find it a little ironic that the Prime Minister is saying that she hasn't yet decided if she can travel to Europe for trade talks, she's hankering about doing that - but she can't come to Auckland and she's an Auckland MP," he said.

Dunne believes Ardern needs to show Aucklanders she is united with them.

"I think the PM being down on the Auckland waterfront or whatever would send a pretty powerful signal about being with Auckland," he said.

On the announcement regarding changes to the managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ) system, Dunne believes the government is failing to bring Kiwis stuck overseas home.

"It's a very cautious announcement and I think that's what is starting to get people feeling a little frustrated.

"People won't be getting home for Christmas," he told Magic Talk.

Listen to the full interview with Peter Dunne above.

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