Every degree of openness at the border adds risk

A call by Peter Gluckman, Helen Clark and Rob Fyfe for a ‘conversation’ on opening our border lacks serious economic analysis and ignores real risks to New Zealanders, writes Geoff Bertram.

From the start of the coronavirus pandemic there has been a steady drumbeat of demands from tourism and other vested interests, first for the domestic economy to be reopened earlier than was safe, and now for border restrictions to be relaxed even if doing so runs the risk of a new local outbreak of the disease. The latest contribution to this campaign has come in the form of a pamphlet entitled “Re-engaging New Zealand with the world” written by Sir Peter Gluckman , Helen Clark, and Rob Fyfe.

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