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‘Short and sharp’ lockdown will be the longest ever - Judith Collins, Chris Bishop

The Government had no choice but to extend the Auckland Level 4 Covid lockdown and ongoing restrictions elsewhere in the country because of its own ongoing failures, says Leader of the Opposition Judith Collins and Covid-19 Response spokesperson Chris Bishop.

More financial support for businesses - Grant Robertson and Carmel Sepuloni

Today’s decision to keep Auckland in a higher COVID Alert Level triggers a third round of the Wage Subsidy Scheme which will open for applications at 9am this Friday.

Proposed rebrand of Wellington City Council is costly pointless navel-gazing - Taxpayers Union

Wellington City Council should scrap proposals to bring in marketing consultants to bolster its ‘corporate identity’, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union.

Lockdown extension the final straw for many battling businesses - Todd McClay

The Government’s decision to extend the Level 4 lockdown in Auckland and Level 2 restrictions elsewhere in the country without additional urgent support will be the end of many businesses, National’s Economic Development and Small Business spokesperson Todd McClay says.

Name suppression for Wanaka escapees would be wrong - Free Speech Union

The Free Speech Union is calling for the couple - one reportedly a child of a Government official - who breached lockdown not to have name suppression says Free Speech Union spokesperson, and lawyer, Stephen Franks.

Maori vaccination comments - Elizabeth Kerekere

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Please see comments below from Green MP, and Te Matawaka member Dr Elizabeth Kerekere in regards to Maori not being vaccinated, or not knowing a lot about the vaccination.

Disabled population urgently needs Covid plan - Penny Simmonds

The country’s disabled population urgently needs a Covid plan, with barriers to getting tested and vaccinated disadvantaging the community, National’s Disability Issues spokesperson Penny Simmonds says.

Aucklanders paying for unprepared Government - David Seymour

"Aucklanders are paying for contact tracing that’s too slow and testing that wasn’t up to scratch," says ACT Leader David Seymour.

"Whether today’s decision is Level 3 or Level 4, Aucklanders lives will still be on hold and businesses will suffer.

Government rules out vaccinating in MIQ - Chris Bishop

It is ridiculous the Government has no plan to stand up vaccination clinics in MIQ facilities, National’s Covid-19 spokesperson Chris Bishop says.

Labour should listen to the education experts - Paul Goldsmith

The Government should listen to the strong message from accounting and economics teachers that its proposed curriculum changes are misplaced and go back to the drawing board, National’s Education spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.