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The absolutely abundantly obvious

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So, clearly the deputy prime minister of the Cook Islands jumped the gun announcing travel will shortly be possible for New Zealanders seeking to escape the winter blues.

I had no sooner ironed my flippers and dug out a flowery, short-sleeved shirt when our government – which is kind of their government - filled its ice bucket and emptied it on us all.

Newly minted health minister Chris Hipkins says nobody wants to be responsible for any increase in risk, in the Cook Islands or the Pacific.

“New Zealand and Australia, in the past, have been transmitters of infection into the Pacific, and we don’t want to do that again in the future.”

I guess he’s talking about the 83 deaths caused by the measles outbreak in Samoa last year, although I’m pretty sure the borders remained open throughout that humanitarian crisis.

Anyway, I guess I’ll just use that money on a heat pump and a woolly jumper and ride out the rest of winter.

Power to the people

On the subject of staying warm, it was quite telling this week when billions of dollars in value was wiped off the share prices of our major power companies.


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