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In Jacinda we trust.

  There can be no doubt that New Zealand's approach to the Covid19 pandemic has been successful so far. There are several reasons for this; good science, sensible interpretation of it, and the courage to make the necessary decisions. Our government's reactions to the developing crisis way back in early/mid March were not knee-jerks. They were carefully considered, rational plans enacted in a calm and timely manner. What a contrast to the ducking and diving, the chaos, the denial, and the blame dodging which have been displayed by governments elsewhere.  Our prime minister saw what was coming, listened to her advisers, worked with them to devise a plan including the 4 level alert system, and then she fronted up to the public. The public listened and responded with "Fair enough, if that's what it is going to take - that is what we will do". And we did.  Now, at the end of the level 4 lockdown, the director general of health, Ashley Bloomfield has said that the

It's just nature.

  I like to claim that I don't waste my time trawling through the often mind-numbing pithicisms which litter the avenues of social media, but the truth is that sometimes I do. It's a bit like fishing; every now and then you might just find something worthwhile. I found one such gem this week.   I hope the author will not mind my quoting it word for word here: "Dear humans,You fell asleep in one world and woke up in another. Suddenly Disney is out of magic, Paris is no longer romantic, New York doesn't stand up any more, the Chinese wall is no longer a fortress, and Mecca is empty. Hugs & kisses suddenly become weapons, and not visiting parents and friends becomes an act of love. Suddenly you realise that power, beauty, and money are worthless, and can't get you the oxygen you're fighting for. The world continues its life and it is beautiful. It only puts humans in cages. I think it is sending us a message:  You are not necessary. The air, earth, water

Here's more food for thought.

  I had planned to base my column this week on a few questions like:   How is it that Trump can be in charge of the USA?  Who is Jared Kushner and what has this man to do with anything? How can people with little or no training in a subject be convinced of the absolute veracity of their adopted position on it. How does God feel about the various reactions of differing groups of his flock to the current pandemic, notwithstanding that believers, of any creed, must attribute the very existence of the crisis to the object of their worship? But in all probablility the very act of reading these questions has caused a reaction in you, the reader, and you can probably guess, if you've a mind to, my opinions on the matters. So, in terms of my brief which is to highlight issues which I believe deserve attention - job done. Your brief is to write letters to the editor outlining your stance on the issues and expressing your support for, or opposition to mine. On a lighter note, her