The Huddle: Are Aucklanders fleeing the city 'unpatriotic'?

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Thu, 13 Aug 2020, 8:55PM
Some Aucklanders have headed to Queenstown. (Photo / AP)

The Huddle: Are Aucklanders fleeing the city 'unpatriotic'?

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Thu, 13 Aug 2020, 8:55PM

Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters has joined the Green Party and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in scorning National, accusing the party of "undermining democracy".

He called out Judith Collins for "misrepresenting the constitutional position to the public" when she said yesterday that the Government had broken a well-established pre-election practice of consulting with the Opposition ahead of big decisions.

"New Zealanders are sadly being fed a steady stream of misinformation about the pre-election period from the National Party," Peters said in a Government press release.

"Its effect is to sow doubt about the legitimacy of the current Government as it focuses solely on protecting the health of New Zealanders."

Meanwhile, the return of community transmission of Covid-19 in New Zealand has not stopped dozens of Auckland holidaymakers from pouring into Queenstown Airport.

One couple said they were "conflicted" about whether they should still be going on holiday.

It was quiet at Auckland Airport, one woman said, after it was announced the city would go into alert level 3 lockdown.

"It felt like a 'don't mention it' kind of a thing," said the woman, who did not want to be named.

Airlines made it mandatory for passengers departing from Auckland to wear face masks.

Travelling with her partner, the woman said the pair never seriously considered cancelling a 10-day holiday in the resort.

"Our flight was before noon, so we were like, 'if we can go, we should get out'."

"We are not planning to go to any bars or anything like that."

Listen to Neale Jones and Tim Beveridge discuss these topics with Heather du Plessis-Allan on The Huddle, as well as the rest of the day's news