Live Covid-19 updates from New Zealand and around the world on 2 September
The Health Committee is resuming today after political pressure for it to assess the response to the pandemic.
National Party’s health spokesperson Shane Reti had requested from the committee chair that Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield and senior health officials, including the minister of health, to be called before the committee.
New Zealand First had backed the request for the committee to resume.
Both Minister of Health Chris Hipkins and Dr Bloomfield will appear. See updates in the blog below.
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Its chair, Louisa Wall, agreed and said it would invite Minister of Health Chris Hipkins and Bloomfield to appear.
“I have always considered this was a matter for the committee to decide. However, there wasn’t previously a majority who wanted the Select Committee to resume.”
During the March lockdown, an Epidemic Response Committee (ERC) was set up to enable the Opposition to hold officials and the government to account, while Parliament could not run as usual.
But this time, when Parliament was reconvened as a result of the election date delay, it was agreed the ERC would not need to be re-established.
Last month, the High Court ruled that some of the country’s alert level 4 lockdown was unlawful in the beginning stages.