Kiwis Remain Keen to See Border Reopen

Despite the emergence of Omicron, 70 percent of Kiwis remain keen to see the border reopen now. But parallel results in Australia suggest that demand may soften a little in the coming weeks, should Omicron escape MIQ.

  • Despite the emergence of Omicron, 70% of Kiwis remain keen to see the border reopen now.

  • Parallel results in Australia suggest that demand may soften a little in the coming weeks, should Omicron escape MIQ.

  • There are no significant differences by age, ethnicity or household composition.

The latest New Zealand results show 23 percent of the adult population holds the view that New Zealand’s international border should remain closed to all international visitors. While 70 percent support the reopening of the border, most (59 percent) with appropriate health measures in place (“e.g. fully vaccinated or with a negative COVID-19 test”).

With Omicron spreading rapidly across the Tasman, there are early signs of a shift in public attitude toward the border, with a small increase in the proportion of Australians who are calling for the border to be closed to all international visitors. For the moment though, this remains the minority view with two-thirds of Australians still favouring a reopening of the border. As in New Zealand, few suggest that the border be thrown open with no restrictions in place.

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The total survey sample for the period covered in this release (1 January to 20 December 2021) is n=3,057 New Zealanders and n=2,451 Australians. Respondents in both countries are aged 18 years or more and the sample is representative of the general population by age, gender and place of residence.