Travel ban on election agenda

Monday July 13, 2020 Written by Published in Politics
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There were unspoken concerns that New Zealand’s blockade of Cooks tourism was being driving by election campaign politics; now there’s no doubt about it.

David Seymour, leader of New Zealand’s Act party, is calling for the country to “immediately open green lanes for our Covid-free Pacific neighbours”.

The new pressure comes ahead of an expected announcement today about Cook Islands’ Covid-19 response, in the travel ban.

Speaking to about 600 supporters at a campaign launch in Auckland, Seymour asked: “What’s wrong with ... New Zealanders going to Rarotonga? This is a geopolitical imperative. If we don’t wrap our arms around our Pacific neighbours, someone else will.”

Seymour criticised Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, saying her only justification for turning away passengers from Cook Islands was that it would be impossible to separate the passengers.

“If we can’t open up to COVID-free countries that are essentially part of New Zealand anyway, then what can we do?”                 

5 comments

  • Comment Link sharlene falconer Sunday, 02 August 2020 21:45 posted by sharlene falconer

    we should open to cook island as they need the tourist as they need it for money wise they are suffering big time i also read on the cook island news they ready for the new Zealanders

  • Comment Link Gina Samuel Tuesday, 14 July 2020 12:58 posted by Gina Samuel

    We don't need a Covid 19 epidemic in our Rarotonga Cook Islands..Alot of our people have gone back home to Rarotonga to Retire..There are no resources big enough to handle an out break of Covid 19.. Don't put our people at Risk..keep borders closed...with what is happening around the world...No Thanks...

  • Comment Link Jo Ainsworth Monday, 13 July 2020 23:36 posted by Jo Ainsworth

    It makes perfect sence to join bubbles with our Pacific family and let NZ tourism make the islands flourish. NZ gains financially exporting produce and all types of suplies etc...win, win situation for all.

  • Comment Link Jude Wadsworth Monday, 13 July 2020 18:12 posted by Jude Wadsworth

    I have family here and very keen to see but respect the need to keep the people safe - just a quick look around the world shows how devastatingly quickly this can still take hold. It will happen when the plans have been made and then we will all have to ensure we stick to them to maintain safety of the Cook Island people

  • Comment Link KarlNZ Monday, 13 July 2020 14:49 posted by KarlNZ

    So, No covid in NZ outside isolation

    And, No covid in The Cooks, Full Stop

    It offends common sense that free movement cannot take place

    With sensible precautions of course

    A very timid NZ Government

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