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So herd immunity would see Māori & Pacifica sacrificed for the economy? How is that acceptable?

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Martyn 'Bomber' Bradbury: It is because the virus will kill Māori and Pacifica at a far higher rate than more economically secure New Zealanders that demands we are super cautious with our response to this damn virus!

Everyone is feeling the stress from this necessary caution that Jacinda has led but if those arguing to reopen the borders too quickly and lift restrictions had their way and we went for a herd immunity approach as some right-wing commentators are suggesting, the cost would be borne by the most vulnerable communities hardest.

Research out this week showed Māori and Pacifica would face thousands of needless deaths and tens of thousands made ill, some seriously.

It is the poor, the old, those living in overcrowded housing, working-class essential workers and the brown who are bearing the brunt of this pandemic, and they join the millions of other New Zealanders in feeling economically stressed and emotionally anxious right now.

This Government must not betray the people by putting right-wing business interests before the welfare of the people.

There can't be an economy if the community is too sick and frightened to work.

The reality is that until there is a vaccine, and that is not likely until the end of 2022, mandatory mask-wearing, constant hand washing, social distancing and limited socialization is the only way we can move forward for the economy.

The cost of allowing the virus to hurt those with the least most while those with the most are least hurt is too great for a democracy to tolerate.

Martyn Bradbury

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