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Stranded boaties in 'dire' situation appeal for New Zealand's help

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Fairly well put and compelling story here on RNZ:

Rear Commodore of the Island Cruising Club, Chair of the NZ Marine Operators Association and general manager of the Bay of Island Marina are lobbying to allow Pacific cruising yachts into NZ ahead of cyclone season. Claiming humanitarian and compelling need.

I'd say they present a good arguement. There is a low risk of C19 from these guys, they should be easy to manage an effective isolation regime, and they do add to the economy. I don't think it would be right to keep the borders closed to these people and then sit back and see how many get pasted in cyclones this season.

But, to be fair, complaining the cost of entering Fiji is too high isn't a good look. They state the alternative is abandoning their 'houses', so $1,000 to enter Fiji sounds cheap to me. It would be most likely the MoH would require them to stay in a secure isolation facility for 14 days once they arrive, at a cost of $3,500. (with the boat parked in a secure marina or quarantine berth with associated fees). Given the number of escapees out of secure facilities, I can't see any govt department letting anyone just stay on a boat and promise not to leave it. Just for public perception and fairness to everyone locked in quarantine facilities, at the least.

https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/422509/stranded-boaties-in-dire-situation-appeal-for-new-zealand-s-help

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I disagree Fish.

It is not a humanitarian issue as they claim, it's a fiscal issue.  They can get off their boats if they consider the risk of cyclones too high.  That they don't want to lose their boats I completely understand, that this is a humanitarian issue New Zealand is somehow responsible for dealing with is politely, a stretch.  It's a cost issue and in the overall scheme of people being financially hurt by CV19, one that's quite a long way down on my sympathy list.

And 4000km between NZ and Aus, really, did NZ or Aus move sometime while I had my back turned?

 

They may have got sympathy from me, if they were actually honest with their case and the facts.

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Agree with Mark.

There are a growing number of offshore reports and comments coming up about 'head to NZ, it's soft touch'.

 

2 hours ago, markm said:

And 4000km between NZ and Aus, really, did NZ or Aus move sometime while I had my back turned?

Maybe that's a reflection of the writers navigation skills.

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16 minutes ago, Knot Me... maybe said:

Agree with Mark.

There are a growing number of offshore reports and comments coming up about 'head to NZ, it's soft touch'.

 

Maybe that's a reflection of the writers navigation skills.

4000km, depends whether you are sailing upwind or reaching :)

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In spite of hos overly emotive style and poor navigation skills the fact remains that thare are 3-400 boats that would come here if possible and inject much needed money into a lot of marine businesses, particularly in opua and Whangarei. Regards covid they would be just about the safest group of travelers on the planet.  

So why not??

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41 minutes ago, Black Panther said:

In spite of hos overly emotive style and poor navigation skills the fact remains that thare are 3-400 boats that would come here if possible and inject much needed money into a lot of marine businesses, particularly in opua and Whangarei. Regards covid they would be just about the safest group of travelers on the planet.  

So why not??

Agree. Local small businesses rely on some cruising income.  If they can let in superyachts, what is the difference.

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11 hours ago, Black Panther said:

Do what fiji does and accept time on passage as time in quarantine. Easy.

NZ will also accept time at sea as part of quarantine, have looked closely enough if there is a difference between shipping and recreational boats but I believe 28 days is the required time for stepping off without quarantine

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