22 Dec 2020

Foreign fishing crews nearly skipped managed isolation

From Morning Report, 8:24 am on 22 December 2020

The foreign fishing crews allowed in to the country in October, were originally going to skip being placed in isolation at a hotel, and were instead going to be sent straight to their boats.

The detail is revealed in an agreement, released under the OIA, between the government and the fishing industry.

In it the government agrees to nearly six hundred Russian and Ukranian fishing crew being allowed in, in return for the industry coming up with a plan to encourage more New Zealanders to take up the jobs in the longer term.

Conan Young goes into the details of what sort of reassurances these companies gave that these crew members would not bring Covid-19 in to the country.