So the Minister of Immigration has announced that the NZ Government will extend their "temporary" powers implemented due to the pandemic.
“Over the past year, we have had to make rapid decisions to vary visa conditions, extend expiry dates, and waive some application requirements across entire visa categories. These decisions have provided more flexibility and certainty to visa holders and employers in New Zealand, and made more migrants available for industries facing labour shortages in a time when New Zealand’s Covid-19 health response needed our borders to be closed,” said Kris Faafoi.
“We have been able to make these necessary changes under the Immigration (COVID-19 Response) Amendment Bill, which expires in May 2021.
“Today, I have introduced a Bill to maintain those powers until 2023.
“The Bill will go through a short Select Committee process and is expected to pass in May.”
What the minister is failing to point out is that these extended powers have allowed the government to force everyone entering the country to spend time in what essentially amounts to a prison. Unless you're a famous Australian performance group that creates content targetted to children about the same age as the Prime Ministers child.
Ok, that's cynical of me. But by the same token, it really feels like this Government is really loving having the powers they have and they're going to do everything they can to keep these "temporary" powers. Unfortunately, because the country put them in power at the last election, without the need for a coalition partner, they're able to do anything they like without any sort of checks and balances.
The government of any nation should ALWAYS be subservient to the people. But it seems like *every* government is using the pandemic as a means to take more power for themselves, and implement restrictions and limitations on the people they're supposed to be working FOR. The entire "Covid Passport" is a really good example of this.