25 Aug 2020

Political jousting over Covid-19 continues in Parliament

From Checkpoint, 6:12 pm on 25 August 2020

The political jousting over the government's handling of Covid-19 continues, with the Opposition demanding more scrutiny and more support for businesses suffering under the continued Auckland lockdown.

National called for Parliament's health committee to reconvene so its MPs can grill senior officials and the Health Minister - that will now happen next week.

Its leader Judith Collins has also accused Chris Hipkins of being a "part time minister" and the government of failing to properly support Auckland businesses.

But the government says the best economic response is a strong health response, and won't be changing course.

Here's RNZ political editor, Jane Patterson.