From Chris Bishop <[email protected]>
Subject John, experts support end to MIQ
Date November 8, 2021 2:55 AM
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Dear John --

Over the past four days, our campaign to ‘End MIQ Now’ has now reached over 75,000 signatures. This response has been extraordinary from Kiwis here in New Zealand and all around the world.

If you haven't signed the petition yet, you can sign it here. <[link removed]>

New Zealanders can see that MIQ has become a lottery of human misery that shuts out Kiwis from their own country. It is callous, cruel and unfair.

It’s also great to see public health experts supporting the idea that MIQ needs to fundamentally change. In a blog post this morning, Dr Lucy Telfar Barnard, Dr Jennifer Summers, Lesley Gray, Professor Michael Baker and Professor Nick Wilson note that the risk of Covid infection for most vaccinated international arrivals is typically less than the current risk for Auckland residents.

The experts also noted that ‘filling MIQ rooms with arrivals who typically have a lower infection risk than Aucklanders wastes limited MIQ space. Public health would be better served by having those rooms available for community cases when their homes are not suitable for home isolation’.

We’re urging the Government to adopt National’s position of ending MIQ right now for fully vaccinated travellers to New Zealand. This is the right thing to do and will put an end to this lottery of human misery and allow Kiwis to come home for Christmas.

You can help us continue the fight to get Kiwis home by signing our petition here <[link removed]>.

Thank you again for your support.



Chris Bishop

Spokesperson for COVID-19 Response


NZ National Party - 41 Pipitea St, Wellington 6011, New Zealand

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