A group of lucky businesses have been chosen for a government trial that will see them by pass MIQ and isolate at home when returning from overseas travel.
605 businesses applied for just 150 places. They had to meet strict criteria including having somewhere to stay alone. No shared ventilations systems, so no apartments.
The property has to be within a 50km radius of Christchurch or Auckland international Airport. And travellers need to return to those cities on a direct international flight by December 8.
Successful applicants were told last Friday. One of them is Mark Ulrich, director of UMC - an engineering company that sells wire fabrication machinery to the fencing industry, around the world. He talks to Lisa Owen.