December 24, 2021
Talanoa animated Taylor-Robertson round table
Technology innovator Sir Ian Taylor says getting to sit down face to face with Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson was the best Christmas present he could have had.
The pair got into a public spat with Mr Robinson pushing back against the claim in Sir Ian’s latest newspaper column that the Government was going on holiday at a dangerous time in the fight against Covid-19.
The Animation Research founder told Radio Waatea’s Paakiwaaha host Dale Husband he responded with an offer to sit down in the spirit of talanoa, where you listen and talk with respect to see what the best options may be.
The pair met on Wednesday, and have committed to continue the conversation in the new year.
Sir Ian says he still has concerns about the MIQ system, the New Zealanders stuck overseas and the lack of availability of rapid tests that people can do at home.
The Dunedin-based businessman says he’s also concerned at the hostility being shown in the South Islanders to the prospect of Aucklanders coming down on holiday.
“Auckland has take the absolute brunt of a system of lockdowns for over 100 days and they are the ones who have helped keep it out of the South island. I think they’ve done their job to the wire,” he says.