The inhumanity of MIQ priorities

Molly Codyre writes in The Independent:

It’s been nearly two years since New Zealand essentially closed its borders with the introduction of the Managed Isolation and Quarantine system. Two years since the option to go home – a human right, and a lifeline for expats – was ripped away from most Kiwis. Jacinda Ardern spent press conferences referring to those back home as the “team of five million” and urging people to “be kind”, while the one million New Zealanders who live overseas looked on in desperation, the message clear: you are not welcome here. …

The group Grounded Kiwis recently obtained government data under the Official Information outlining how many emergency allocation spots had been approved in the period 1 July 2021 to 6 September 2021: just 7 per cent of applications for those suffering the death of a close relative were approved; only 10 per cent of people with a terminal illness themselves were allowed to go home. 

Think about that. Only 7% of those who had a close relative due were given MIQ priority. Only 10% of those with a terminal illness were given MIQ priority. That is inhumane.

For the second Christmas in a row, just four of our five family members will be able to be together. This time, ’m the odd one out. The concept of hugging them all in February was getting me through. Now I just feel spent. I’m sick of shouting about how angry I am, I’m sick of writing articles and letters and telling the devastating stories of those who have been locked out of their country for months and years. I’m sick of watching athletes, pop stars and DJs get coveted spaces over the average citizen.

DJs and pop stars just waltz into and out of MIQ on demand, while people who are dying can’t get in. The priorities of the Government are really fucked up.

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