• Patrick McBride

Muller wants answers

The new National leader is calling for alert level 1.

Todd Muller

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The Government needs to explain to New Zealanders why it won’t consider a move to Alert Level 1 for another week, Leader of the Opposition Todd Muller says.

“Kiwis have made enormous sacrifices to flatten the curve, but if their efforts still aren’t enough to move to Level 1 then the Government must explain why'" Muller said

It has been more than a week since the last confirmed case of Covid-19. There are fewer cases now than there was before any restrictions were put in place.

“The Government has a duty to speak with one voice on such a critical issue, but all Kiwis are hearing now is mixed messages from the Prime Minister and her deputy."

Businesses on the brink of closure have been left in limbo. Muller is calling for the Government to be clear about what conditions need to be met for the move to Level 1.

“Level 1 should mean businesses can return to full capacity, transport networks can resume without constraints, marriages can be properly celebrated and loved ones can be appropriately mourned.

“The sooner small businesses know what Level 1 will look like, the easier it will be for the backbone of our economy to start repairing itself,” he said.

The NZ First leader has been calling for relaxing of guidelines with regards to a 'Tranz- Tasman Bubble'. Winston Peters said other than exploring their own backyard, Australians would have nowhere to go but New Zealand, which would inject a much-needed boost to our tourism industry, and vice versa.

Even though people might not be as willing to part with their money and take an international holiday, only having two options - Australia or New Zealand - could result in a "far greater and rapid recovery of tourism".

"That diminished marketplace option, even though people won't be as wealthy - given that the options are only us two countries - should see a far greater and rapid recovery of tourism in some parts of our economy that hither to have been written off," Mr Peters said.

The Deputy Prime Minister has previously talked up the pace of a possible trans-Tasman bubble, although he appears more optimistic than others.