Hotly-contested MIQ spots for November and December have sold out as 26,000 or more New Zealanders abroad fought for just 3000 spots to return to the country, Stuff reports. MIQ joint head Megan Main said, “This is not a first-in, first-served model… everyone has an equal chance of getting through to try to secure a room.” Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) could not say on Monday morning how many people had logged in around the world. Nelson mother Diane Chandler hasn’t seen her son since he returned from San Diego, where he is a student, for Christmas 2019. As he tried for an MIQ spot on Monday morning, he found himself at 22,846 in the queue.