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12 minutes ago, NorthlandYS said:

We have visas, we have the yacht exemption, we followed the rules. The rules were changed on us after arrival. You guys honestly don’t have any issue with that?  

Nope.

We want to keep our borders secure. The bureaucracy that administers that can be cumbersome. Sometimes you have to live with that. Rules are changing a lot around the world. Kiwi's are struggling to get home to visit dying relatives, and your bitching about not being able to go sailing? For a whole week? It was probably a whole lot clearer when there was a blanket ban on foreign yachts arriving. No one could complain about the rules being changed on them, then...

I'm really struggling to understand what your issue is with having to do your quarantine in a hotel? Is the bed too soft? The free food not to your tastes? The air con too warm? too cold?

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The biggest problem the "bureacracy" has to deal with is figuring out who is telling the truth. Because they can't trust everyone they therefore must trust no one. Obviously some people are inconvenienced, but that's life. By getting on crew NYS has used up some of his boring time in MIQ, so that's a positive.

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So your home base is St Augustine, Florida. You left Panama in July, at which time it was abundantly clear that there was a substantial global pandemic. It was also clear that your government's management of the pandemic was a complete clusterfuck.

Did you skip out of Florida to avoid the situation at home? and if it was clear there were going to be borders closed all over the place, why didn't you double back to the good old US of A (even west coast?)

In your opening post, you comment that Fiji and Australia's entry requirements are more strict than ours. I'm assuming you mean they don't allow sea time to count as part of quarantine? If thats the case, why do you now have a problem with having to quarantine?

Perhaps Customs slapped the 14 days on you, because you demonstrated to them you don't understand the rules. The law says you were 7 days, you think you were 5 weeks. Big difference. You are failing to grasp that.

How many times have the rules changed re covid in Florida since you left? You are complaining about a very minor rule change here, but you seem to miss the point you were granted entry at all. So how are you different from the Germans or any other arrogant cruiser?

PS, apparently there has been 20,000 covid deaths in Florida, and 1.13 mil cases.

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NYS - my brother and sister are unable to get home to see our dying mother. The earliest they can get into MIQ is late February which is very likely to be too late. Your moaning about being able to sail down here whenever you wanted to arrive and get straight into a MIQ hotel is quite frankly pissing me off. There are literally thousands of New Zealanders who would like to be able to just arrive and do their two weeks. 

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2 hours ago, NorthlandYS said:

We have visas, we have the yacht exemption, we followed the rules. The rules were changed on us after arrival. You guys honestly don’t have any issue with that?  Our situation has nothing to too with “entitled yachties” or “those Germans"

The rule is that if you arrive on a recreational small craft, within 12 days of your last port of call, (which for you was Minerva Reef), then you're required to be transferred to a MIQ facility for the minimum period of 14 days.

These are the current rules for recreational vessels as I've understood them.  So I am not seeing any government overreach in what you've explained.

Don't be confused with the rules for commercial ships, which don't have a 12 day rule and must have an approved Covid management plan that includes a ships Doctor. 

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6 hours ago, NorthlandYS said:

The greater good? You must be joking! I’m actually quite shocked how many on here are willing to enable this government overreach.

Many here think NZ can be all it can be if only more hugs are thrown around. That's what you're dealing with unfortunately.

4 hours ago, NorthlandYS said:

We have visas, we have the yacht exemption, we followed the rules. The rules were changed on us after arrival. You guys honestly don’t have any issue with that?

Contrary to the twitterati, or so you'd think by their pile on, I do have a issue with Govts saying one thing and doing another. In fact I got fucked over by the exact same mob who did the exact same thing to our family a few months back, say one thing but do something very different and I am talking covid related like you. So while you may seem a lone voice here in the Jacinda Arse Kissing Society, you aren't not outside of it.

But what can you do? I'd say bugger all but suck it up buttercup, as unfortunate as that is. The person whose mind you have to change is heavily protected so unless you are some senior person in the UN or an uber rich prick your voice will not be heard. 

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:) See what I mean NYS, this place lacks tolerance and only allows certain very narrow opinions, contrary to what many will try and tell you. Sadly your opinion is obviously not on the allowable list so you'll have been tagged as 'persona non grata' now which means you'll also be regarded as a rich prick, a white supremacist, you voted for Trump 3 times, a racist and you stomp on babies.

Welcome to NZ, the land of hugs kisses and all with very large intolerance issues....not to mention racist as f*ck.

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1 hour ago, KM... said:

Contrary to the twitterati, or so you'd think by their pile on, I do have a issue with Govts saying one thing and doing another.

Contrary to the fetid imaginations of the contrarians, nothing described so far by the OP signals anything other than complete compliance by the Govt with its published policy and practise.

It may be tough, it may not be justifiable and it may even be ludicrous theatre, but as anyone who has been through the laughable pantomime of airport security in the US, we don't have that on our own.

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2 hours ago, KM... said:

Contrary to the twitterati, or so you'd think by their pile on, I do have a issue with Govts saying one thing and doing another.

Good post KM, thought provoking.

Only issue is that NYS is spinning you a line.

The COVID-19 Public Health Response (Maritime Border) Order (No 2) 2020 came into effect from 11.59pm on Sunday 6 September and replaced the previous Order, that governs persons who arrive in New Zealand by sea.

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If you arrive prior to 12 days, everyone on board will be required to go into a managed isolation facility for the remainder of the isolation time. You will not be able to isolate on board. This is covered in more detail in the following section.

NYS didn't spend five weeks at sea. Their last stop was a sneaky into Tonga, 7 days out from NZ. So they were well inside the 12 day requirement, that was stated 2 months before they left Tahiti.

They also stopped at Pago Pago. Slightly different to his statement that they 'remained fully isolated', they weren't tied up to the quarantine bouy the whole time, but were actually tied up to the town quay.

So the fundamental problem here is that the Govt actually did what they said they were going to do, and they said that 2 months before NYS left Tahiti. So how is it that the Govt is saying one thing and doing another? Sounds more like NVS was hoping they'd do something else.

Underlying all of this, I don't see the hardship in having to quarantine. If they were denied entry mid voyage, I would be up in arms. If there was some fundamental injustice, I'd be backing them up. Doing MIQ is a slight inconvenience. The bit that is pissing me off is the entitled attitude of complaining about having to do MIQ after actually managing to obtain permission to enter NZ.

There would be a far greater pile on if we get put into lock down and couldn't go sailing over Christmas, cause Customs let a breach though the border, wouldn't there?

Based on the date of the maritime border notice #2, I could almost imagine an apology being in order from the original poster. It would appear the actual problem was his sneaky stop in Tonga. Not the govt changing its mind.

https://www.customs.govt.nz/covid-19/maritime-border/nz-maritime-border-controls/#:~:text=30 June 2020.-,The COVID-19 Public Health Response (Maritime Border) Order,with a range of exceptions.

https://www.customs.govt.nz/covid-19/maritime-border/private-yachts-and-small-craft/guidance-for-small-craft-and-yacht-arrivals-in-new-zealand/

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37 minutes ago, chariot said:

I thought Sir Bob was spot on.

The Bob Jones thing, there is this latest fashion of needing 'Diversity of Thought'. Hence women on boards, LGBTIQ, diversity and inclusion drives, race based quotas everywhere, even if no-one will admit there are quotas. The only issue is when you get some diversity of thought from a source they don't like, everyone gets upset. Its still diversity of thought. 

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1 hour ago, Black Panther said:

WTF has Bob Jones to do with this? I'm getting lost.

Some were likening KM's post / writing style to Bob Jones, which I took as a vailed criticism of KM. My point is that diversity of thought is a good thing, even when you disagree with what is said.

In this context, I wouldn't want KM's writing style to get in the way of the key points. Firstly, I think KM is wrong (although well intentioned), and the main point, being the rules (Maritime Border Notice # 2) was in place even before NYS applied to enter NZ. So I can't see what rules were changed? 

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21 hours ago, NorthlandYS said:

. Certainly does make me wish we were happy and free in Fiji and lending other cruisers a hand getting ready for this storm instead of dealing with this mindless bureaucracy!

Head out of the Harbour & turn left. Fair winds & all that stuff. Oh, there will be 2 weeks in quarantine when you arrive there, like everywhere else in the world at present, so maybe take a book?

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22 hours ago, NorthlandYS said:

Certainly does make me wish we were happy and free in Fiji and lending other cruisers a hand getting ready for this storm instead of dealing with this mindless bureaucracy!

Cyclone Yasa: Powerful storm to make landfall, Fijians told to expect widespread destruction

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/cyclone-yasa-powerful-storm-to-make-landfall-fijians-told-to-expect-widespread-destruction/BVRUTYIZH25BVEWNUHXADROXVI/

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Good gawd. I used to think getting low 30% in SC English (a few years combined) was a bad thing but many here have proved that thinking is entirely wrong.

Thanks for that muppets ;)

 

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