Our government and its agencies have worked hard to keep New Zealanders safe. Now as part of that ongoing commitment, we would like to see a broader range of measures used to manage risk at and around the border so that we have multiple layers of defence. This includes for example, pre-screening of all passengers bound for New Zealand, different measures in place depending on country of origin, and separate processing areas for passengers arriving from higher risk countries.
Adopting a more nuanced risk-based approach to management of our borders can free up MIQ capacity and enable more New Zealanders to return home, seasonal and highly skilled workers required in key industries to enter the country, as well as others who wish to do business with New Zealand.
Similarly there are more measures that can be adopted domestically to keep New Zealanders safe, through managing risk and maintaining awareness and thereby avoiding complacency.
Despite the optimism about the pending arrival of one or more effective vaccines, we believe a cautious approach is required in this regard, given the long term efficacy of any of these vaccines is still unknown.
If we can make progress on border controls and enhance domestic public safety measures, then we can look ahead to potential trans-Tasman and Pacific Island travel bubbles as an initial step towards reopening with the rest of the world.
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Consulting Managing Partner and Wellington Market Managing Partner, PwC New Zealand
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