New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was called upon by the NSW Prime Minister to ‘return the favor’ and reciprocalize the Australian bubble with New Zealand.
Gladys Berejiklian said in a press conference tonight that Kiwis wants to “return the favour” to Australians after Scott Morrison resumed to permit New Zealanders to go into Australia without quarantine.
It was time for Ardern and her government “pull their weight” while building a two-way transtasm bubble, she said they have been welcoming New Zealanders for some time.
“I’ve always hoped Prime Minister Ardern would return the favour to NSW because we’ve certainly been accepting New Zealanders since October/November last year,” Berejiklian told the media.
She has since put pressure on the New Zealand Government to get moving, saying there’s no reason why a bubble cannot exist now.
“I’ve always been robust and confident about our ability to have a transtasman bubble. I hope that happens sooner rather than later. There’s no reason why it can’t,” Berejiklian said.
New Zealand is considered a “green zone”, which allows Kiwis to travel into Australia freely, while the rest of the world is in the “red zone”.
In accordance with the law, quarantine can be avoided for New Zeals who have spent a minimum of 14 days in their homeland.
At the end of January after group transmission in Auckland, Australia briefly suspended the transstasman travel bubble.
But the present Papatoetoe Cluster in New Zealand does not concern Berejiklian when the Bubble with NSW was opened, stating that there were no previous problems with Covid transmission.
“NSW has been welcoming people from New Zealand for months without quarantine. And touch wood, we haven’t had a single case. There was just a few days when Auckland had that scare.
“To date we’ve had no issues. I would hope they would return the favour. I’m happy to be the first state that offers that opportunity.”