At present Auckland is at level 3 lockdown and the rest of the country at level 2. There is an internal border between Auckland and the Waikato to the south and Northland to the north — and the Tamakis, who run a church in 10 locations (and in two countries) decided to preach from Level II. This traveling of lead pastors happens all the time in my church as well. But this must be regulated by our woke doofus government.
Chris Hipkins has blasted Brian and Hannah Tamaki for “sneaking” out of Auckland on the eve of its COVID-19 alert level 3 lockdown, saying it is “completely irresponsible”.
The pair fled Auckland on Saturday night after Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced a week-long lockdown following new community cases being discovered.
The Tamakis arrived in Rotorua at midnight, then on Sunday held a large church gathering.
The Minister for the COVID-19 response said on Wednesday he recommends anyone attending the Tamakis gatherings anywhere in New Zealand “exercises judgement”.
“Sneaking out of Auckland at the start of a lockdown and having large gatherings of people is simply putting people at risk unnecessarily.”
This is not the only place the government has set itself against the church. It will, in general, end badly. For the government.
The event industry is losing big events now due to the COVID. This is a loss of millions of dollars for the companies involved, and will make continuing club and professional rugby a challenge locally. In my view, that is a good thing.
The 2021 Women’s Rugby World Cup organising committee claim the risk of the tournament being adversely affected by the Covid pandemic is too high to hold the event this year.
The World Cup, scheduled to be held in New Zealand in September and October, is set to be delayed to 2022 after World Rugby recommended pushing back the event.
The chair of the organising committee, Dame Julie Christie, said travel and Covid restrictions made it untenable to host the tournament in 2021.
“For example a player may have had Covid in the past and therefore when they come into New Zealand and into our quarantine, that can still show up in their test. As a result you could have their whole team locked down or having to go home. One positive community case could lock down. With those sort of scenarios the risk was just too high.”
Christie said organisers couldn’t deliver the tournament they wanted to because of Covid-19 and says New Zealand Rugby and the Government support the decision to postpone the event.