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The Auckland Business Chamber engages, and highlights issues that matter most to business.  Our engagement with the media provides a platform to advocate, influence and deliver outcomes for business, and to drive economic growth and create opportunities for business in Auckland, and New Zealand.

Business Summit – Navigating Today’s China

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The China Business Summit 2024, hosted by NZINC. and Auckland Business Chamber, is gearing up to be the pivotal forum…

Dark Clouds Hang Over the Economy – Business Confidence Survey

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Our latest survey is out! According to the results, dark clouds hang over the economy, leaving Auckland businesses very gloomy.…

Three sectors can transform Auckland into a Global Tech Hub – report

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A renewed focus on growing three technology sectors - CreativeTech, Fintech and HealthTech - could transform Auckland into a world-class…

New Zealand Gears Up to Bolster US Ties at Business Summit

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New Zealand is gearing up to spotlight its relationship with the United States at the upcoming United States Business Summit,…

Post-Election Business Sentiments Revealed: Optimism Ahead

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The Auckland Business Chamber has conducted a post-election Business Confidence Survey, offering a snapshot of the sentiments and priorities among…

New Zealand business delegation generates “un-paralleled” interest in India

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New Zealand’s largest ever business delegation to India has generated a remarkable amount of interest and support from Indian government…

Key highway projects will deliver game-changing benefits – new report

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The Northern Infrastructure Forum (NIF) is calling for swift progress on infrastructure delivery from the next government, following the release…

Fresh from India, China is calling

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Fresh from co-leading a business delegation to India last week, the Auckland Business Chamber is taking 30 Kiwi businesses to…

New Zealand business delegation “over the moon” with Indian trade and investment opportunities

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The involvement of New Zealand businesses in the successful Indian Moon landing epitomises the trade and investment opportunities between the…

Large business delegation bound for India

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Fifty business representatives will leave later this week bound for Delhi, making it one of the largest delegations ever to…

Waitemata Harbour Crossing – a tick for the tunnel, but questions remain

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Further progress on plans for an additional Waitemata Harbour Crossing are pleasing, but fundamental questions need to be resolved around…

Proposed transport programme has the level of ambition New Zealand needs

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The Northern Infrastructure Forum (NIF) welcomes the National Party’s transport plan, describing it as a programme that has the level…

Inaugural Europe Business Summit: Redefining EU-NZ Trade Relations

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The Auckland Business Chamber’s inaugural Europe Business Summit, in partnership with the New Zealand Europe Business Council, will help redefine…

Auckland Business Chamber Welcomes New Zealand’s Ground-breaking Free Trade Agreement with the European Union

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The Auckland Business Chamber welcomes the signing of a ground-breaking Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between New Zealand and the European…

China Business Summit: Reconnecting with a Changing China

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NZ INC. and the Auckland Business Chamber proudly present the highly anticipated 9th Annual China Business Summit - Reconnecting with…

Pre-Budget Survey: Business sends clear message ahead of Budget 2023

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According to the latest pre-Budget survey conducted by the Auckland Business Chamber, businesses want a clear focus on the delivery…

Auckland Business Chamber welcomes NZ-UK FTA entering into force by end of the month

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Simon Bridges, CEO of the Auckland Business Chamber, said the early entry is fantastic news for New Zealand exporters and…

Latest Business Confidence Survey Reveals Increasing Pessimism among New Zealand Businesses

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New Zealand businesses are feeling increasingly pessimistic about the state of the economy, according to the latest business confidence survey…

Back to Work Grants to Support Business Recovery Open For Applications

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The Auckland Business Chamber has today opened the Back to Work grants for applications. Announced as part of the Government’s…
Auckland Business

Auckland Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry AGM Notice 2023

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The 167th Annual General Meeting of the Auckland Regional Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Incorporated) will be held at Jade…

Big Tech Survey reveals technology uptake in 2023 critical for business

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The Auckland Business Chamber’s Big Tech Survey has found that one of the most important tasks for small and medium…

Auckland Business Chamber survey reveals Auckland business backs Prime Minister Chris Hipkins’ back-to-basics agenda

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Releasing the latest survey results of members before hosting a roundtable discussion on Thursday morning with the new Prime Minister,…

Major gathering of Asia-Pacific Business Leaders to be held In Auckland, 12-14 February 2023

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Sustainability, digitalisation and resilient, inclusive trade will be key themes of a major gathering of senior Asia-Pacific business leaders to…
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Small & medium businesses still very grumpy in November, Bridges says

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Small and medium Auckland businesses are still very grumpy in November, says Simon Bridges, CEO of the Auckland Business Chamber.…

Auckland Business Chamber mourns the passing of Mark Franklin

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It is with profound sadness that the Auckland Business Chamber acknowledges the sudden passing of our friend and longstanding board…

Businesses tell Govt to back-off

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It is crystal clear from the Auckland Business Chamber’s October survey of businesses that they want an about-turn from government…

New Auckland Mayor and Council an opportunity for business

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Incoming Mayor Wayne Brown and the new Council represent a welcome chance for a reset with Auckland business, says Auckland…

Nationwide driver shortages: waste and freight sectors facing crisis

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Echoing deep concerns raised by public transport operators, waste and freight companies across the country are calling on the Government…

Harbour Crossing and Light Rail projects: critical questions must be addressed

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Auckland businesses say critical questions must be addressed within the next phase of work on the Additional Waitemata Harbour Connections…

Weekend traffic chaos: Auckland Harbour Bridge must not lose a lane to cycling

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Auckland businesses say massive disruption to the transport network yesterday as a result of an accident on the Harbour Bridge…

Removal of Covid settings welcome by Auckland Business PR

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As government gets rid of traffic lights and restrictive mask and isolation rules all systems are go to welcome back…

Next Mayor needs to get back to basics to get the city moving

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Business has spoken and the messages to the next mayor are clear: stop declaring war on motorists and get on…

NZ- US Business Council Chair

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It was announced today that senior diplomat and distinguished former ambassador, Rosemary Banks, has been appointed Chair of the NZUS…

NZ-US Business Council Executive Director

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The NZUS Council announced today that long-time Auckland based advocacy strategist Penny Tucker has been appointed as Executive Director of…

Businesses at boiling point

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Businesses, battered by wage, fuel, and supply chain cost hikes and no solution to the skills shortage are increasing their…

Opening of our border is our moment to get our welcome right

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At long last, the borders are opening and as midnight strikes on July 31 New Zealand must stand tall to…

Overly rigid isolation rules creating “business long Covid”

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As our tourism, hospitality and retail businesses see a glimmer of recovery with a busy winter season and the imminent…

Efforts to ease pain at the pump welcomed by business

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Cuts to fuel tax and road user charges and continuation of half price public transport fares through to the end…

Lift the barriers to getting healthy household contacts and the people we need into our jobs

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Business will do everything to keep workplaces safe and healthy, but need Government to act constructively to the critical worker…

Make up your minds so NZ competes for workers or lose out

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“New Zealand needs to make up its mind if it is open for business and remove any barriers to make…

NZ-EU FTA Opens new Opportunities

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The long negotiated Free Trade Deal between New Zealand and the European Union has got over the line, not perfect,…

Alarm Bells Ring as Confidence Deteriorates

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Business is bracing for the worst, buckling under a perfect storm of wage pressures, skills shortages and overhead increases that…

Orange is the new green and let’s business get on with it

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Remaining in the orange traffic light setting is not a constraint or handbrake to accelerating business recovery, rebuilding, and planning…

Budget 2022

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It took guts to pull out a silver lining to mitigate the pressure on the family purse from spiralling inflation…

Inflation figure – a warning for business

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The latest inflation figures are another wake up call for businesses and a reminder to review their cost structures in…

Orange at long last to signal we are good to go

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Auckland Business Chamber Chief Executive Michael Barnett said the long awaited and longed for orange setting will provide the confidence…

Supreme Night for VisionWest

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Last night 500 people, across 5 locations were brought together for an evening designed to celebrate the best businesses in…

Tell us Monday to Make Friday Good – a message to Government from Auckland businesses

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If Government announced after Cabinet on Monday a change to the orange traffic light instead of waiting till Thursday the…

Red Does Not Mean Stop

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So, we’re stalled on red for at least another 10 days but there are mitigations that business – and the…

ETCO big winners at business awards!

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Last night 500 people, across 5 locations were brought together for an evening designed to celebrate the best businesses in…

INTERNATIONAL FASHION DESIGNER ADDS A SUPREME AWARD TO CLOSET.

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To succeed in 2021 the Auckland Business Chamber encouraged business to change, innovate and reimagine the way they work.  In…

Business will defend workplace and worker health and safety under “Red Lite”

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It will be up to individual businesses to continue to manage risks and implement workplace safeguards to protect staff and…

Hey Aussies – “come on over”

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It’s now up to all of us to help fire up tourism and encourage fully vaccinated family, friends and visitors…

Government Shows Leadership

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Government has responded swiftly and decisively to ease the pain of volatile energy prices on consumers’ pockets cutting fuel excise…

Not enough

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The reduction to seven-day isolation is a start but it fails to take all the steps Government could take to…

Isolation Now History

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Government has demonstrated flexibility and pragmatism in eliminating self-isolation for fully vaccinated, Covid- free travellers returning to New Zealand from…

Most businesses still miss out

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The good news is that we are moving to Phase 3 of our Omicron response limiting isolation to only really…

Government throws lifeline to struggling businesses

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Business will welcome the lifeline of a new six-week package of transition payments, leniency from IRD and an extension of…

Give us RATs for the good of families, business, and the economy

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Stay at home isolation rules are breaking the backbone of our economy as SMEs are crippled by worker absenteeism because…
Auckland city

Survey shows isolation process putting firms at risk of closure

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Businesses are reeling, closures are looming, with staff forced to isolate and no easy access to Rapid Antigen Tests, a…

Every business is critical, every worker is essential

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Chambers across New Zealand have stated clearly that every business is essential, and every worker is critical to their family…

Good intentions but bad timing

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It’s hard to argue with the good intentions and Government’s pledge to put more money in our lowest wage earners’…

Every worker is critical, and every worker should have access to RATS

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Auckland Business Chamber CEO is challenging as “discriminatory and divisive” the Ministry of Health’s approved list of critical workers who…

Phased opening of borders opportunity to get back to normal

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It’s not going to happen overnight, but it will happen, much to the relief of thousands of families and businesses…

Dark Side to Low Unemployment

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New Zealand has record low unemployment at just 3.2 per cent, record wage inflation and with the phased opening of…

Business Survey confirms dissatisfaction with RATS and Red-light rules

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In just a couple of days over 1,500 Auckland business owners gave voice to their growing economic pessimism and their…

Every worker is critical

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Every worker is critical, every worker is essential, and every employer should have access to the tools and tests to enable…

Unworkable environment imposed on business and society through lack of partnership

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Government’s 3-stage Omicron plan is light on strategy, short on consultation, and fails to understand what “critical worker” means in…

It’s OK for Aucklanders to visit orange regions but they cannot be orange at home

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We are one of, if not, the most vaccinated city in the world, hospitalisation and case numbers are dropping, the…

Re-Activate Auckland

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It’s a great initiative by Government and Auckland Council to offer a voucher and discount scheme, and contestable event fund…

Auckland Business Chamber welcomes transition payment

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It will be all go for Auckland business under the red setting of the Covid Protection Framework with government recognising…

Border Certainty

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Kiwi entrepreneurs and exporters should welcome the take-off path to quarantine free travel if fully vaccinated, first to Australia from…

The rationale escapes me

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Frustrated and fed-up Aucklanders from locked out business owners to individuals stuck at home will be disappointed that government has…

Three Waters – ratepayers neglected

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Government has failed taxpayers and ratepayers with a lack of democratic accountability and community consultation to ram through unpopular plans…

Green light for employers to make workplaces safe from Covid

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Businesses seeking a mandate to safeguard their workplaces, employees, and customers from Covid will be pleased and relieved at swift…

Support package shows Government listened

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Government has recognised that businesses feed and employ people, backing employers by doubling the resurgence support payment which will be…

NZ – UK Free Trade Agreement

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“Well done to the NZ Team on achieving a Free Trade Agreement with the United Kingdom. The UK have enjoyed…

Business owners face significant loss in value

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Auckland’s tens of thousands of small and medium businesses are in pain, frustrated at the lack of a clear plan…

Santa stuck in MIQ till Christmas Eve

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Santa Claus will be stuck in MIQ until December 24 and with great disappointment has told his elves and fairies…

No jab no job for health and education, why not others

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Mandatory vaccination for education, health workers, and associated services is an important principle that should hold for all workplaces striving…

Small and medium businesses excluded from trial to protect workforces

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“What an insult to SMEs, those tens of thousands of enterprises contributing 30 per cent of GDP, to be excluded…

Work with Business

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Congratulations to the consortium of big businesses trying to import rapid surveillance antigen tests to manage workplace health and safety,…

Business Confidence fails as level 2 hopes fade

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Business confidence has taken a knock with over 60 per cent of Auckland businesses, looking at a more gloomy six…

Pathway leaves business in the cold

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Government’s phased, 3-stage transition plan to slowly lift restrictions, leaves business desperate for revenue, burdened with debt, shortchanged in the…
Auckland Business

Business should be a Partner to change not a Victim

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As Cabinet decides today on a pathway to progressively release Auckland and the rest of the country from crippling restrictions,…

Business seeks “no jab, no job mandate”

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Auckland business locked down and locked out with their health, financial, and mental wellbeing held hostage by a minority of…
Auckland Business

Self-Isolation Trial Positive

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Businesses locked in New Zealand or marooned overseas and locked out of MIQ, will leap at the opportunity to be…
Auckland city

Auckland needs a Flexible 3

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It will be a long and hard road back to economic health but at last thousands of Auckland businesses locked…

It is critical to get back to work and rebuild the nations supply chain

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New Zealand needs Auckland businesses associated with the manufacturing and home building sectors with vaccinated workforces to return to the…

Financial Support needs to be fit for business

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“It’s not helpful dangling financial carrots in the form of low or no-interest loans to Covid wounded small and medium…

Get Auckland out of Sick Bay

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Aucklanders will be disappointed, and businesses devastated by the Government’s decision to keep us locked down under the restrictions of…

New Zealand Business Should Celebrate

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Government has given desperate businesses a lifeline by extending the resurgence payment support scheme to help them cover some recurring…

Auckland Carries the Cost

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We always expected Auckland to remain at level 4 and Auckland should be delighted for the rest of New Zealand.…

Weekly Business Subsidy called for level 4

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Business is doing it tough, and they’re telling the Government loud and clear there is a need for employers to…

Businesses across the northern region struggling to operate

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Businesses across the northern region of New Zealand believe they will survive lockdown but are struggling with 60 per cent…

Business supports short sharp lockdown for certainty

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Business will support the swift move for a “short, sharp” country-wide lockdown and be relieved that the wage subsidy will…

Business will do its bit to protect people and economic health

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Business will be encouraged that Government is working on safe solutions to enable quarantine-free travel for all vaccinated travellers based…
Speaker Series

Recipients of the Michael Barnett Scholarship Announced

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The Auckland Business Chamber is pleased to announce the two recipients of the 2021 Michael Barnett Scholarship. This scholarship was…

Talent Crisis – over 6,000 roles needed

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An Auckland Business Chamber survey of over 1000 companies reveals a desperate need for skills at all levels and a…

Business needs priority access to MIQ

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No one is arguing with Government’s decision to keep us safe and keep Delta out but shutting down the trans-Tasman…

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