A third quipped: "Jacinda has the skills to lead NZ; Covid19, march 15, economy and she smiles off a large quake like it was nothing".
The Prime Minister says the Government wants to move as quickly and safely as possible to the new level.
Physical distancing obligations would still apply at weddings and funerals, Ardern said.
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The Friday move was made in order to work with the timings of various religious services, she said. "Across the ditch, that's not even on the horizon".
That was one of the reasons why the level was so much higher than standard welfare payments for jobseekers, she said. She remained calm and after 30 seconds resumed the interview unfazed.
Kiwis on social media were pretty impressed at how the PM handled it, especially given the total shitshow of events she's had to deal with over the past 12 months or so.
This was because large numbers of strangers coming and going in the hospitality sector made it hard to keep track, she said.
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Last week, Ardern indicated alert level 2 restrictions would be reviewed every two weeks to allow more activity to take place.
The original gathering limit for Alert Level 2 was just 10.
Intensive testing and rapid tracing and isolation of contacts would continue, and all schools and workplaces can open.
There were no confirmed cases of Covid-19 reported today for the third day in a row.
Anyone arriving in New Zealand must spend at least 14 days in managed isolation or quarantine, and over the weekend, the 10,000th passenger was processed.More news: Final Fantasy XIV Online Starter Edition PS4 Free Until May 26