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Webpoll vote favours NZ staying shut

Just over half of the respondents to this week's webpoll question are not keen for New Zealand to open its borders to the rest of the world next year.

With the vaccine roll-out under way, the borders must open eventually, but voters were hesitant.

The question was, “Do you want New Zealand to open up to travel with the rest of the world next year?”, to which 20 percent (79 votes) answered yes, 53 percent (210 votes) answered no, 20 percent (81 votes) said partially, and 7 percent (30 votes) said they were undecided. A total sample of 400.

Many who voted no were firm on their position.

“Are you mad!? asked one. “Other countries have a significant issue controlling Covid outbreaks. We do not need to be one of those countries.”

“No,” said another, emphatically. “Just allow Australians who have met all the necessary requirements. There are far too many people desperate to get into NZ for MANY reasons, let us stay safe here please!”

Another firmly in the negative camp noted, “We need to keep our borders clear and Covid-free while we protect and build up resilience for the people of New Zealand.”

Some were happy to open the borders, but said it was dependent on the vaccine roll-out going well.

“Only if everyone has had the opportunity to be fully vaccinated” said a yes voter.

“Provided ALL travellers in and out of NZ are FULLY vaccinated!!” said another.

“If our vaccination rates are high enough,” was another comment from the “yes' camp.

Equalling the “yes” voters were those who plumped for a partial opening of the border.

But, “only to countries that have Covid under control”, said one. “The same conditions applying to the bubble with Australia would work, as other places reach the same levels of control.”

Another partial voter said,“Needs to be carefully regulated but, open for business we must be.”

“Only those fully vaccinated should be able to leave or enter New Zealand to protect New Zealanders both here or in another country,” was the opinion of another in favour of partial opening of the borders.