“We don’t shut the country down because of the flu, we don’t do that. We don’t do it for other infectious diseases… You can manage this with some baseline element, common-sense measures so you can treat it like the flu and that’s where we want to get – that’s what living with COVID-19 is.”

PM Jacinda Ardern has released her government’s four-phase plan to reconnect New Zealand to the rest of the world over the next six months.