December 13, 2022
Reti demands apology for MIQ lottery
National’s health spokesperson says the Government needs to apologise to New Zealand citizens who they told couldn’t come home during Covid.
A report yesterday from Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier criticised the advice given to minister by the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment, which devised and ran the virtual lottery used to fill slots in managed isolation and quarantine.
Shane Reti says said it was unreasonable not to set priorities according to personal circumstances.
“And there should be an apology, certainly to all the individuals who complained to the Ombudsman. I’m of the view there should be an apology from the Prime Minister and ministers as well, either or. They got this wrong. Everyone knows hey got this wrong. Apologise and move on,” he says.
Mr Reti says the Government needs to develop a robust alternative to MIQ in case it’s needed for a future Covid wave.