A few ideas on how MIQ should be working. Currently, not only is it run badly, it’s not run to its full potential.
It’s run with fear as a driving force and fear limits your ability to think, excel and expand.
Firstly, the experts the Bakers and the Gormans are right. The fact they are virtually all in major centres is insanity, especially with the new strains.
More of New Zealand needs to be used. More military facilities need to be used
Flights from certain countries for now need to be stopped. Tests on day 0, 3 and 12 work well, but isolation post-MIQ is now necessary.
Everyone is in the room and stays in the room for 14 days, full stop - Australia has it right.
I would carve out sections for business. I would allow a small number or perhaps a group of businesses to provide private facilities overseen by the government. This would allow workers and students to re-enter the country into isolation without the numbers jam we currently have.
I would allow an exemption system for private isolation. It would cost and the fines would be gargantuan, Australia has it and it works. It allows people with jobs opportunities and money to come and go.
Yes, there is an egalitarian backlash, but this is about moving forward, not being bogged down with whinging.
The bubble with Australia would be up and running and running. The key here is MIQ: if MIQ worked and was run properly, we wouldn’t have the leaks.
If we didn’t have the leaks we wouldn’t be constantly chasing our tail running nine hour queues for testing and generally having fear run rampant in various communities.
And when MIQ works, you can travel with confidence. You’ve been able to travel with confidence to Australia for months now, it’s just our fear that’s held us back.
And in traveling freely to Australia, you’ve just freed up a significant portion of MIQ spaces, thus allowing yet more new Zealanders to return home.
None of this is rocket science. None of its new, it’s all been suggested, a lot of its been done elsewhere
But what we have is a half-baked, fairly poorly delivered model that is ripe for the polishing.
If we wanted more, if we were more aspirational, this is all more than doable. Vision and determination are all that’s lacking at leadership level, and the rewards would be instant and tangible
Attitude is everything. Ask why shouldn’t we instead of why should. Ask it that way, and we are off.
Mike Hosking is a New Zealand television and radio broadcaster. He currently hosts The Mike Hosking Breakfast show on NewstalkZB on weekday mornings.
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