The Huddle: Govt refusing ship 'costing jobs' / Ardern, Bloomfield not distancing

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Newstalk ZB staff,
Publish Date
Wed, 3 Jun 2020, 9:01PM
PM Jacinda Ardern and Dr Ashley Bloomfield have come under fire for seemingly breaking social distacning rules. (Photo / Supplied)

The Huddle: Govt refusing ship 'costing jobs' / Ardern, Bloomfield not distancing

Author
Newstalk ZB staff,
Publish Date
Wed, 3 Jun 2020, 9:01PM

The Government is being criticised for refusing a tuna ship form Western Samoa entry into Nelson Port, which is in need of repairs.

Refusing the ship could cost people jobs. 

It comes not long after a film crew was allowed into New Zealand to begin production on the upcoming Avatar films.

Neil Jones told Heather du Plessis-Allan there appears to be no valid reason why the ship is being refused.

"It's coming from one of the safest places in the world.

"What I think people are getting frustrated about is the inconsistent way the rules are being applied. You have to social distance at a bar, but at a protest just cuddle up to the person next to you. Don't take selfies with people, unless your'e an important person like the Prime Minister or the Director-General of Health."

Jack Tame says given the amount of money the Government has injected into their response to Covid-19, not allowing economic activity to help stimulate the economy does not make sense.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield have been photographed, appearing to ignore social distancing laws they helped instil.

But Jack Tame says it matters if every person in New Zealand has strictly followed the rules so far.

"Inevitably life is far more complex than can be covered off in a simple little PDF or PowerPoint sheet, and I think the Prime Minister and Ashley Bloomfield have discovered that the hard way."

Mr Jones recalls the selfies the SpaceX astronauts took where they clearly followed distancing laws.

"If people that are blasting off into space can social distance, I think you can probably expect the senior health official in New Zealand to do so."