Getting out of Auckland in the leadup to Christmas is a nightmare at the best of times, says The Spinoff. The trouble now is that, while Auckland is on course to arrive in a month or so at the 90% double-dose trigger point of the new system, it’s almost impossible to see the rest of the country’s DHBs getting there by Christmas, if at all. It’s a unique predicament the government therefore finds itself in. Deputy prime minister Grant Robertson left open the possibility that a test may not be a requirement, saying, “The logistics of making that work are tough. The main thing is to make sure that everybody is vaccinated.”