Another week, another shambles from this government. We’ve seen terrible housing statistics, failures at our border, horticulturalists struggling to get their fruit picked and major delays in Covid vaccinations; we were supposed to be at the front of the vaccination queue and now we’re the second last in the OECD. Only 23 per cent of our total vaccinations have been administered on schedule, and they don’t even know which border staff have been vaccinated.
Another major concern is that we’re seeing growing mental health waitlists at a time when New Zealanders are doing life tougher than ever. Child and adolescent mental health waiting times have ballooned nationwide. This Government came to power in 2017 promising improvements to our country’s mental health care but the crisis has worsened; they even delayed the most recent reporting so the figures could be massaged before release.
On the plus side, it’s good that the Government have listened to the Opposition’s calls to announce a Trans-Tasman travel bubble. That’s great news if you are keen for a holiday in Australia or have loved ones over there waiting to come home. But what about the Pacific, a region largely un-touched by Covid? Why can’t more RSE workers come in? Why can’t Cook Islanders come here and we go there? Our passports are the same. Our currency is the same. Why are they being penalised by the New Zealand Government?
I hope you have a lovely weekend in the Bay of Plenty enjoying the many activities on offer throughout our region.