Opinion

Reopening NZ – a Pandora’s box

Pattrick Smellie
Mon, 09 Aug 2021

Reopening NZ – a Pandora’s box
NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian is scrambling to contain the covid-19 delta virus. (Image: Getty)
Pattrick Smellie
Mon, 09 Aug 2021
This time a year ago, if you’d asked a senior cabinet minister how long they thought covid-19 would be a problem from whoa to go, they’d have told you perhaps 18 months all up.Even by late 2020, the conventional wisdom was that by about now, vaccinated countries would be opening their borders, things would be getting back to some sort of normal, and New Zealand risked being left behind if it wasn’t on the same track.If that sounds familiar, that’s because the mantra of reopening is almost like a coronavirus variant in it...

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