OPINION: As many of you will know, I’ve been saying for months now that the MIQ system is obsolete.
It’s no longer fit for purpose. It no longer fits the jigsaw puzzle we’re putting together.
While it once served a purpose - and fulfilled that purpose very well (I would know, I went through it twice) - it’s become a pointless waste of money for many people arriving from overseas, who have to be vaccinated and test negative in order to fly anyway.
Just last week, I urged the Prime Minister to admit defeat, fall on her sword, and overhaul MIQ.
I said it wouldn’t be a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength.
So I’m stoked this government has adapted their strategy and changed the system.
They’ve realised a policy of stubborness was not working, and was not floating with Kiwis.
While it’s not in time for Christmas, it’s still in time for the best of summer - and the tens of thousands of Kiwis in Australia will at least be able to see their loved ones relatively soon.
It’ll also be a massive relief for Kiwis elsewhere in the world, you have had to endure the misery of that horrible MIQ lobby, and were looking down the barrel of a year of being isolated from New Zealand.
But now they’re looking down the tunnel and can see light at the end of it.
Finally some good news for our wonderful expat community.
And finally some wonderful news for all those families who have been waiting and waiting and waiting to see their sons, daughters, grandchildren, uncles, aunties, mums, dads, grandparents, and cousins.
The wait is nearly over.
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