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New Zealand economy back to pre-pandemic levels

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That is pretty amazing considering tourism is almost non-existent right now.

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A lot of New Zealanders with money have returned in the past 18 months. Many have started businesses and are building houses. Everything is ka pai

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CarlosTakanakana Today 01:31 pm JST

That is pretty amazing considering tourism is almost non-existent right now.

There is a big difference between domestic and international tourism. I think this article refers to domestic tourism.

It seems people who normally would get on an airplane for an international flight prefer now - or even have no other choice - to spend their holidays not in their home and not abroad but travel around in their own country.

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Amazing indeed. I thought foreign tourism was a big part of the NZ economy.

Their success in containing the virus so far largely based on isolation from the outside world. If the virus is indeed globally endemic we will see what happens once they relax that isolation.

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 If the virus is indeed globally endemic we will see what happens once they relax that isolation.

They will like many other countries, implement a vaccine passport type system and will only allow in vaccinated folks. Does anyone here in Japan, who has been vaccinated yet know if you are provided some sort of certificate as proof?

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Total lockdowns work. In the next pandemic, the world will follow NZ's model or accept many deaths. There don't seem to be any viable alternatives to full lockdown for 6-8 weeks like NZ did.

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Now is the time of "Staycations". Even Japanese hoteliers have been doing well, too!

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How small is New Zealand?

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Total lockdowns work.

On a tiny island, it can.

The rest of the world has borders where passage can not be stopped. Unless you live in North Korea.

There is always border crossing, legal or illegal.

Illegal border crossing does not stop.

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On a tiny island, it can.

So it would of worked in Japan as well then.

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So everytime a new virus appears they will go back into lockdown shut the borders again and again..great way to live not..

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didou:

So are you saying that the pandemic in the US was only transmitted across the Mexican or Canadian borders? Or that the United Kingdom is not a “tiny island”? Covid was not spread worldwide by illegal border crossings.

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would likely look at easing monetary policy by May next year.

Surely it’s the opposite, look at tightening… must be a mistake.

So it would of worked in Japan as well then.

I did remember my dear partner proclaiming that Chinese tourists should be blocked out last year in February but was lamenting that the government didn’t want to lose the economic benefits of Chinese tourists on holidays.

But the genie was perhaps out of the bottle by then anyway, and there is surely something more challenging about having a population 20+ times as large.

So I think blocking international travel was probably more key than lockdowns, which haven’t worked that well at all in most places they were tried. That and having a low population.

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This can’t be correct. People were screeching about how total lockdowns devastate economies. What kind of magic does New Zealand have?

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didouToday  03:00 pm JST

Total lockdowns work.

On a tiny island, it can.

The rest of the world has borders where passage can not be stopped. Unless you live in North Korea.

There is always border crossing, legal or illegal.

Illegal border crossing does not stop.

Name one developed nation where there is no control over border crossings?

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letsberealisticToday  02:43 pm JST

Total lockdowns work. In the next pandemic, the world will follow NZ's model or accept many deaths. There don't seem to be any viable alternatives to full lockdown for 6-8 weeks like NZ did.

Why was this voted down?

Come on, seriously, what is the alternative to total lockdown if you genuinely want to save lives (as NZ did)?

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Just wait a few months when winter comes and the coronavirus makes a comeback...

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Come on, seriously, what is the alternative to total lockdown if you genuinely want to save lives (as NZ did)?

Let doctors give infected people cheap, safe treatments and proven effective, regardless of what corrupt governments and their paymasters in the pharmaceutical might want.

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Numan:

Now is the time of "Staycations". Even Japanese hoteliers have been doing well, too!

A staycation only works if the country has the pandemic under control like NZ. GoToTravel didn't work so well in Japan. It led to another wave.

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Hey, remember all those commenters who said the lockdown would obliterate New Zealand’s economy and leave it a barren wasteland and how people would be rioting in the streets?

Cuz I do

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With property values doubling over the past seven years it's no wonder people are out spending. No better time to travel while the tourists are still away as well. And with strong commodity prices and exports, a high dollar, a bouyant stock market, a place where lots of rich folk want to move/invest and a good image (thx Ardern) things aren't looking too bad. Oh, and no Covid either.

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NZ have done well in controlling covid and keeping their economy in good order. NZ has some travel bubbles with small pacific nations that have also controlled covid and with Australia who has also done well controlling covid. While international tourism is very limited it has fired up with many traveling from Australia, a normally significant portion of their regular international travelers. Trade has not stopped around the world with exports and imports still shifting between nations with controls over ships crews and airline crews to contain any spread of the virus.

It has worked in a nation with five million and with Australia with twenty five million. Lockdowns work when the population supports them and follows the instructions given. Economies quickly reopen when the lockdown ends, with confidence that things are under control.

Skeptics will never agree and will go on giving false information and complaining but the facts are easily confirmed online with the examples given by NZ and Australia and with current economic data.

Well handled NZ and keep doing what works.

Need worlds best practice on controlling the spread of covid, then talk to the NZ or Aussie specialists.

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