Hopes that Aussies will be able to travel across the ditch before Christmas have seemingly been dashed, with New Zealand committed to keeping its border closed for the time being.
In her speech to Business New Zealand yesterday in Auckland, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said New Zealand “will be continuing with our existing border settings for now, while we work on what can be accommodated within those settings”.
“New Zealanders want and deserve a safe summer holiday, so our focus is on managing the existing risk profile,” she said.
“By forgoing some freedoms, namely the free movement at our borders, we retain the long-term health of our population and the open economy we now enjoy.”
Ardern said New Zealand’s decision to close its international border was a choice she believes has served the country well and that Kiwis have, for the most part, supported.
She also encouraged continued conversation on the country’s borders, “but while remembering that they are key to our success”.
The New Zealand PM’s comments come after both Tourism New Zealand and Air New Zealand revealed they were both planning in anticipation of the trans-Tasman ‘bubble’ becoming two-way in the first quarter of 2021.
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