Green MP Ricardo Menéndez March tried not once, but twice, to get an emergency spot in managed isolation, the first time as a “critical health service” and the second time as “required for national security”.
In a written parliamentary response to National MP Chris Bishop, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins confirmed that both applications for an emergency spot in managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ) were declined. …
The written response from Hipkins shows Menéndez March first applied for an emergency spot in MIQ on January 13 under category 2b.
It’s reserved for people whose entry to New Zealand is time-critical for the purpose of delivering specialist health services required to prevent serious illness, injury or death; or the maintenance of essential health infrastructure.
So how is a Green MP involved in delivering specialist health services?
He then applied for a second time on January 15, under category 2d, for New Zealand and non-New Zealand citizens, where urgent travel is required for national security, national interest or law enforcement reasons.
What an absolute sense of entitlement. Trying to knock someone who has probably been waiting months for a spot in MIQ by claiming he needs a spot for national security reasons.