Surely the Government will charter Air NZ flights as necessary, or use the RNZAF for medicines and other priority imports? Or club up with Oz And use their C-17s and QANTAS?I live in NZ.
This is a dramatic move by the NZ government. NZ has had only 6 cases of Covid-19, all imported. To date, no transmission has occurred within NZ.
Tourism is NZ second biggest industry. The NZ tourism industry is now closed. NZ is at the "end of the train line". It is hard to see many airlines maintaining a service down to NZ, because empty aircraft burn cash. In the belly holds of those aircraft are NZ exported goods (seafood in particular) and inbound aircraft bring medicines. It seems all of this will stop tomorrow night.
This has the potential to be devasting in a smallish country so reliant on trade and tourism. NZ is presently relatively free from Covid-19, with no Covid-19 patients in hospital.
The government says this will be reviewed in 16 days. It's hard to see the circumstances that will give the NZ government confidence to remove these restrictions. That confidence will come from our trading partners no longer reportimg COVID-19 cases, and that isn't going to happen in the next 16 days, or indeed 60 days I would suggest.
The U.K. Is an island as well. Will Boris try something similar?
Surely the Government will charter Air NZ flights as necessary, or use the RNZAF for medicines and other priority imports? Or club up with Oz And use their C-17s and QANTAS?
Agree on exports though, that’s going to hurt. In the wider sense, the drastic reduction in transatlantic flight capacity will hurt many economies, especially things like fresh food that’s normally air-freighted to the market where it’s sold. A lot of our veg in this part of the US comes from central and south America at certain times of the year.
Change jobs to lives, and read with the word in red. May I suggest that lives are ever so slightly a tad more important.I have no doubt NZ will survive this, but I am concerned that many jobs will be lost, which will bring associated social and economic costs. I fear that jobs will be lost, but never to return.
That'll see aff more snowflakes than coronavirus will then. It'll also help with the global warming crisis by eliminating the biggest problem. Us. Sorted.The world must be about coming to an end.
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A Prime Minister has to think of the country as a whole and not individuals. A country needs production, a working population who work and (in)directly produce taxable wealth.Change jobs to lives, and read with the word in red. May I suggest that lives are ever so slightly a tad more important.
Yes, lives are important. However, closing off NZ may save some lives, but may cost others. This is not the first time NZ (and other countries) have faced this decision, in fact it's an on-going decision.
Some points to consider;
1. There is irrefutable evidence that higher national wealth leads to longer life-expectancy. NZ's national wealth will take a massive hit, not nessarily because of Covid-19, but because of a government decision. That will cost lives, whether that be because of reduced healthcare, higher suicides or just the unquantifiable reasons wealthy countries have higher life expectancy.
2. Hong Kong did not close their borders to all travellers. I'm sure they wanted to, but instead steered a middle course to not destroy their economy. HK is twice the population of NZ and has reported 140 cases and 4 deaths. I suspect during that same period a similar number died of pneumonia and garden-variety flu; but this is not reported daily.
Finally, NZ has an abnormally high mortality rate due road accidents. Of those deaths, around 6 per year are resultant of foreign drivers not being conversant with NZ conditions (right-hand drive generally). There has been calls to ban foreign drivers. These calls have been resisted because of the deterimental effect on the NZ economy. The same argument can be made for measles, AIDS, Hepstitis which are all imported to NZ. So, yes NZ does trade "lives" for jobs, it always has. In this case I just hope the "trade" is based on data and not a knee-jerk response to jingoism or "populism".
I remember watching a programme a year or two back about preppers (typically from the US) who have built large houses as emergency bolt holes, complete with bunkers and years of supplies, in remote parts of South Island.Perhaps no completely, if you have enough dosh.
'As travel bans see virtually all global air traffic grounded, a high-end private jet owned by a Saudi billionaire last night landed in Christchurch.
'The plane, a $98 million Gulfstream owned by Saudi-based Rashid Engineering, took off from Georgia in the United States, stopping over at Honolulu, before landing last night at Christchurch Airport at 8.11pm local time. The plane’s apparent owner – Nasser Al Rashid – is reported to be a billionaire with close ties to the ruling royal family in Saudi Arabia, the New Zealand Herald reported. Christchurch airport communications manager Yvonne Densem said she was aware of the flight and said it was managed appropriately.'
As travel bans see virtually all global air traffic grounded, a high-end private jet owned by a Saudi billionaire last night landed in Christchurch.www.news.com.au
Quite possibly.I remember watching a programme a year or two back about preppers (typically from the US) who have built large houses as emergency bolt holes, complete with bunkers and years of supplies, in remote parts of South Island.
I wonder if some of their billionaire owners have decided to move in?