With hundreds of millions of people now vaccinated against Covid there’s no sensible reason why we can’t open our borders to them.
Our tourist industry needs it desperately and so does the nation. Tourism pre-Covid was our major foreign exchange earner. Printing money is no substitute for earning it.
Covid has been a huge boon for incumbent governments electorally, as evidenced in New Zealand, Australia, and Britain and maintaining a closed shop when it’s longer necessary, invites cynicism.
Last week France opened its borders to all certified vaccine visitors, so too Thailand, Britain and many other nations.
It’s an adult approach, sadly lacking in New Zealand.