28 Jan 2020

Mother of NZer in Wuhan urges govt to act on evacuation

From Checkpoint, 6:13 pm on 28 January 2020

An Auckland woman whose daughter is stuck in Wuhan says the New Zealand government needs to act fast if it decides to evacuate its citizens and residents.

There are 53 New Zealanders registered as being in Wuhan City on safetravel.govt.nz, around 20 of whom have asked for consular help.

Software technician Joanna last night told Checkpoint she believes New Zealand should be doing more to help its citizens in Wuhan.

Joanna's mother, Amy, lives in Auckland and told RNZ reporter Chen Liu she's worried about her daughter, who is in China visiting her father.

"I feel that people in New Zealand are worried about people who come from China, not only Wuhan. People don't want them to come back to New Zealand," she said.

"New Zealand can follow suit with the United Sates to arrange a government-chartered plane, and after arriving in New Zealand take them to a designated place. The passengers can quarantine themselves there for two weeks and then go where they need to go."