Here is a brief overview of the major political parties' approaches towards managing New Zealand's border.
- Capacity capped at about 14,000 people a month, spread across hotels in main centres with access to healthcare. Pledge to reserve 10% for critical workers.
- Move managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ) facilities to military bases. Build extra temporary and/or longer-term infrastructure at the bases. Defence Force, with the help of Police, to run facilities.
- Build on existing capacity by allowing private accommodation providers to become approved providers. They would have to cover their own costs to meet safety, security, reporting, transporting, training and testing standards.
- Require returnees to provide a negative test result before entering.
- Build on existing capacity by allowing private accommodation providers to become approved providers. Allow arrivals to “go private”.
- Treat different countries and travellers with different levels of caution, IE by having shorter quarantine times for better-tested and lower-risk tourists.
TOURISTS AND STUDENTS
Labour, Greens, NZ First, National
- Returning Kiwis and then critical workers the priority. Work on bubbles with other countries.
- Allow “high-value” foreign tourists through. Work on bubbles with other countries.
- Charge Kiwis abroad, who return to New Zealand for less than 90 days.
NZ First, National, ACT
- Charge all returning Kiwis.
- MIQ overseen by Assistant Chief of Defence Air Commodore Darryn Webb, who reports to the “All of Government” Covid-19 group.
- Establish a Border Protection Force, combining the functions of the Defence Force, Immigration and Customs.
- Establish a NZ Border Protection Agency.
- Establish an Epidemic Response Unit based on Taiwan’s Central Epidemic Command Centre.