Auckland is paying a hefty price for being the gateway city during a pandemic, says Stuff, and community leaders want to rethink how the supercity will face future community outbreaks of Covid-19. “Businesses here have been significantly more affected through a larger number of lockdowns,” said Brett O’Riley, chief executive of the Employers and Manufacturers Association (EMA). “The Government has deliberately chosen Auckland as the centre for MIQ, and every time there is an outbreak Auckland is impacted.”

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