I hope you and your family have all had a restful break after a very challenging year. I hope too that all our local businesses and retailers have benefitted from the holidaymakers who come to our beautiful region over the summer.

As people are out enjoying the beach, walking through nature and visiting the shops, I spare a thought for those overseas who due to Covid-19 are not enjoying the same freedoms as we are in Aotearoa. Their challenges are a timely reminder to us that we can’t be complacent.

While we cannot control the weather, we can do our bit to control Covid-19. By scanning QR codes, turning Bluetooth on, staying home if you’re sick, and washing your hands, we can keep each other safe and make our summer unstoppable.

To further protect New Zealand from Covid-19, the Government is extending pre-departure testing to all passengers to New Zealand except from Australia, Antarctica and most Pacific Islands. New Zealand already has some of the most stringent border protection measures in the world. Today’s amendments further strengthen that position in line with the Government’s overall elimination strategy, and more measures can be added as necessary.

It’s important we look after ourselves and our whanau over the summer holidays – there’s still so much summer to enjoy!

Jan Tinetti
Labour MP