Charging returning citizens and permanent residents for some of the cost of managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ) isn’t simple.
These people have a right to return to their homeland.
The BIll of Rights also allow freedom to leave and enter the country and freedom from detention.
Prisoners don’t have to pay the costs of their imprisonment.
However, these people, some who have never lived in New Zealand, some who have lived in other countries for far longer than they’ve lived here and some who are just coming in temporarily, are collectively costing the rest of us hundreds of millions of dollars.
We all incurred significant costs in personal and financial terms through levels four, three and two of lockdown to eliminate Covid-19, is it not fair that those returning contribute something towards the costs of keeping the disease at the border?
The trouble is there is no choice about going into MIQ and no choice about the standard, and therefore the cost.
Three thousand dollars for an adult, which is what’s proposed, is a lot of money for many people, in some cases too much to enable them to come home.
If they are going to be charged they should be able to choose cheaper options than the up market hotels most are sent to.
The last intake of refugees per-COvid was in March and they are now being resettled.
No more are scheduled to come here while border restrictions are in place, couldn’t the refugee resettlement centres be repurposed as a less expensive option for MIQ while the border remains closed?