The $7.5 billion trip to the edge of space by Jeff Bezos is being seen as bad timing.
The world's richest man has soared more than 100 kilometres above the Texas desert, with three others, and returned safely.
Fellow billionaire Sir Richard Branson took a similar flight earlier this month.
Oxfam New Zealand's Jo Spratt told Tim Dower the coronavirus is sweeping the world, with second and third waves, and our close neighbour Fiji has some of the highest rates of the disease in the world.
“It’s just not the time to spending massive amounts of resources going to space, when we could be helping our fellow human beings.”
Jeff Bezos has a multi-billion dollar Earth Fund for battling climate change.