Judith Collins says New Zealanders will ultimately have to get over their fears of loosening border restrictions.
A New Zealand Herald Kantar Vote 2020 poll shows 68 per cent of people think our border policy should be kept as is.
That's despite former Prime Minister John Key calling for border restrictions to be loosened, to allow universities and companies to bring in foreign students and skilled workers.
National leader Judith Collins told Kate Hawkesby Kiwis should be more open to the idea of opening the border.
‘It isn't good New Zealanders have been so whipped up into a fear about bringing people into the country, safely.”
The National Party leader says the Government is stoking a sense of fear, when the country needs to be finding a way to let more people safely into the country.
“The country is missing out high-end tourism, highly skilled migrants, and international students worth billions of dollars a year.