Right now MIQ is a bigger risk to business than Covid-19 according to a leading entrepreneur who's detailed an alternative isolation plan in a bid to get businesses travelling again.
The boss of Animation Research, Sir Ian Taylor, believes companies can be trusted to manage their own strict home isolation freeing up spots in MIQ for other returning New Zealanders.
Sir Ian says companies have trimmed back but some overseas travel is essential to keeping business ticking over and he has been contacted by a list of business desperate for certainty around getting workers home.
He has written a series of open letters to the government laying out a blow by blow pilot trip that he would be the guinea pig for, but so far says he has had no real response from the government.
A Christchurch woman who has a medical exemption to not wear a mask, says the judgement and stigma she faces in stores makes her condition even worse.
Jody Devine carries an exemption card to show she doesn't have to wear a mask, because of historic childhood trauma.
She told our reporter Rachel...
A new preventation programme designed and led by Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu to reduce the number of Māori tamariki and rangatahi entering state care has been given a funding injection from the government.
It is hoped to help improve outcomes for whānau in the Ngāi Tahu tribal area.
From confusion to support, people in provincial New Zealand are digesting the Government's new Covid-19 Protection Framework. It packs in plenty of detail and while some have their eyes on the 90 percent target, others are skeptical about what it will herald. Jimmy Ellingham reports.