Level 1 decision today

Cabinet will decide today whether to lower the Covid-19 Alert level to 1 today.

Director General of Health Ashley Bloomfield and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern have signalled that the level is likely to be lowered. They have both assured the public that we have been fully informed about the virus data, so there must be know known reason to keep us at Level 2.

When we went to level 2 Ardern committed to considering alert levels again in a fortnight, which is today, and said it was a decision would be made within four weeks. It seems that one of the only reasons we haven’t lowered levels sooner is this timeline that Ardern appeared committed to regardless of what the data showed.

Last week Ardern looked under pressure and defensive when it was revealed that Cabinet had been advised that a key criteria for lowering levels, no community transmission for more than four weeks, had already been met.

Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters broke ranks with his Cabinet, saying we should already have lowered to level 1.

There have been no new cases of Covid detected for 16 days (as of yesterday) – if we have another new case day today Ardern would find it very difficult to convince the public of a need to stay in Level 2.

Last Wednesday Ardern advised of the new level 1 restrictions, which are pretty much only border controls with unrestricted public gatherings.

The big risk is reintroducing Covid by people brining it in to the country.

So it looks like today Ardern will announce we are going to Level 1, probably on Thursday – so far she has always given two and a bit days notice of a level change but even that seems unnecessary this time, most of the public has already relaxed and there is little preparation needed for businesses, they should be able to drop restrictions as soon as they are able to.


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  1. David

     /  8th June 2020

    She could go to level 1 immediately given its just taking restrictions off, I have to book my gym sessions, we have to provide logs of where our guys are on site, we cant have too many trades etc etc so there is absolutely no need for any lead in that would require a 48 hour notice period.
    We shouldnt even be in level 1 realistically, the virus obviously doesnt exist in NZ so its just now seems like an excuse for Ardern to hold press conferences and dole out money to interest groups for votes.

    • Duker

       /  8th June 2020

      Oh dear …level 1 restrictions are about the border with the rest advisory
      • Border entry measures to minimise risk of importing COVID-19 cases.
      • Intensive testing for COVID-19.
      • Rapid contact tracing of any positive case.
      • Self-isolation and quarantine required.
      • Schools and workplaces open, and must operate safely.
      • Physical distancing encouraged
      • No restrictions on gatherings.
      • Stay home if you’re sick, report flu-like symptoms.
      • Wash and dry hands, cough into elbow, don’t touch your face.
      • No restrictions on domestic transport – avoid public transport
      or travel if sick.

      Click to access COVID-19-alert-levels-summary.pdf

      Government funding announcements are just the usual pre-election spin , just as national did in 2017
      much like this one of scores after the 2017 budget announcement and before polling date.

      Entrepreneurial Universities funding awarded
      21 SEPTEMBER 2017
      Victoria University of Wellington and the University of Auckland will be the first to take advantage of theGovernment’s $35 million investment in ‘Entrepreneurial Universities’, part of the Innovative New Zealand initiative in Budget 2016, Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Paul Goldsmith announced today.

      Goldsmith ? That name rings a bell

      • I had a muffin and coffee in town today, which didn’t take long, and there were three ding dong This is a Covid 19 Announcement in that time which helpfully told us how to wash our hands. Who had ever thought of using soap ??? It was like a message aimed at kindergarten children.

    • David, surely you know that we have an epidemic of Covid here; one person in 5,000,000 !

  2. oldlaker

     /  8th June 2020

    Ardern has milked her daily 1pm catch-up with the nation just as long as she can. The media is increasingly impatient with her … She had better watch out

    • Duker

       /  8th June 2020

      The polls say different…the former inquisator general is now a back bencher with no other role and the new guy flopped in his time in the spotlight, showing how shallow the talent pool really is, which is always the case. English and Key were amatuers and only found their way after years of media training and hand holding

    • Duker

       /  8th June 2020

      What daily 1pm catch up ….that ended 3 or so weeks ago.. if there is a big announcement she does one but its back to the Tue weekly press conference

      I wonder about the bubbles of delusion some of you people live in…

  3. Alan Wilkinson

     /  8th June 2020

    While Ardern fluffs and performs, another 1000 jobs go at The Warehouse.

    • Duker

       /  8th June 2020

      Some of those stores haven’t been profitable for some time, Birkenhead was one where they were just running out the lease. Some are poorly located eg Whangaparoara .they likely prefer Silverdale up the road to catch all the new housing Orewa etc.
      Similar happening in Australia , who dint have any shop lockdowns , the chain is Target. Is that Arderns fault too?
      Kmart in NZ is expanding it’s number of stores, eating wharehouse lunch, it’s they way of the world

      • Corky

         /  8th June 2020

        ”Some of those stores haven’t been profitable for some time.”

        You have evidence for this?

        • Duker

           /  8th June 2020

          Check back on the news, I’ve never been there so wouldn’t know otherwise
          Anyway you never have evidence of any of your claims , ever. How about walking the walk

          • duperez

             /  8th June 2020

            Be assured that the Birkenhead shop is just up the road from the Glenfield store. Neither have the number of magazines they used to have. I don’t have evidence but it’s pretty sure they’re no longer on shelves because we went into lockdown. None were on the slippery slope before Covid-19. I’m blaming Ardern.

            Apparently a lot of people have found it convenient to work from home and since they’re not commuting to town to work every day some cafes are going to struggle as they’ll have less customers. Some of those cafes will be ones which were already struggling before Covid-19. I don’t have evidence for those claims but I’m blaming Ardern.

            I’m supporting local business so I’ll go to our local Warehouse, (it’s not closing,) and buy a Chinese made doll. I’ll name it Ardern, poke pins in it and kick the crap out of it all around the house while yelling, “It didn’t have to be like this, it’s all your fault!”

            I’ll try not to leave evidence of the attacks and just hope like hell the doll doesn’t have Wuhan flu.

            • Duker

               /  8th June 2020

              “None were on the slippery slope before Covid-19. ”
              really , so you refute what the The Warehouse management said ??

              “”Last night we shared a proposal with our team at The Warehouse Birkenhead to close the store at its lease end at the end of July.

              ‘This has been the case in Birkenhead for a while, with many in the area shopping at the nearby Glenfield store which includes a Warehouse Stationery, just a few minutes away, or at our flagship store in Albany. Despite the incredible efforts of our team, this has meant that profitability and transactions at our Birkenhead store has steadily declined overtime.
              Given these factors, and the significant work required to physically maintain the site at the Highbury Centre, the business was now at the point where it could not continue to absorb these costs.

              The chain store Deka had the same issues years ago , declining revenue for its stores, so it slowly closed them until it was no more….ditto Smiths City
              even Farmers has closed stores that dont work for them.
              David Jones has bought out existing stores and opened up, that will give Smith and Caughey ( inc 1900) a hard time but as they are still mostly family owned and own their own buildings they can plough on regardless
              (Marianne CAUGHEY SMITH-PRESTON 48%, who is long deceased)

            • Duker

               /  8th June 2020

              The MD knows more than you about the ongoing reasons
              “The company had been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic but had also been grappling with increasing wage and compliance costs, an ageing store network in need of capital expenditure, difficulties securing supply, new entrants to the NZ market and the increasing dominance of multinational chains.”
              1 out of 7.

  4. The results of early opening in Florida are not positive:

    • Pink David

       /  8th June 2020

      You must be terrified for all the BLM activist who are now going to die from Covid.

  5. Duker

     /  8th June 2020

    look who has not being following social distancing ..

    h/t thestandard

  6. Duker

     /  8th June 2020

    So soon KC ?
    Muller and his MPs have bigger problems than I thought , literally invisible


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