29 Jul 2022

Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield signs off

From Checkpoint, 5:56 pm on 29 July 2022

'Kia ora koutou katoa' - a phrase Dr Ashley Bloomfield uttered more than 300 times as he fronted Covid media conferences through the last two and a half years.

His image was turned into tea towels and tote bags, as he became something of a cult figure during the pandemic.

Today's his last day in the job, leaving the role he says he has 'given his all' . Samuel Rillstone reports.