24 Apr 2020

Covid-19: Winston Peters open to trans-Tasman flights

From Checkpoint, 5:12 pm on 24 April 2020

Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters says some businesses could be saved if the country creates a trans-Tasman bubble - and he's open to starting on a state-by-state basis.

Australia has had similar success to New Zealand in keeping the number of Covid-19 cases relatively low - although across the ditch hospitalisation rates are much higher.

The restrictions on Australians have varied too with some states operating a stricter regime than others.

As the government looks to recover from the economic blow that lockdown has caused, Mr Peters says New Zealand has to think outside the square.

RNZ political reporter Jo Moir has this story.