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NZ’s response to coronavirus presentation

I’ve been asked to give a presentation on NZ’s response to the coronavirus for Sakata City. The presentation will be in Japanese, so I thought I’d use this blog as a way of collecting my thoughts, before organizing them into a presentation. As such, I have collected a lot of notes, but I need to analyze them to find the main points for the presentation.

I’m thinking a general introduction of NZ’s demographics and then facts of the spread of the disease. Then a section on NZ’s response and the results of that response. I’m also thinking a section with the main cultural differences that may have made a difference too. I’ve listed my ideas below, next is to organize them.

◦ The kiwi shaped graph

◦ Grant Robertson’s quote about it being a health crisis not an economic one. The best economic response was always going to be a health one

◦ My story of seeing Jacinda

◦ Our first case

◦ When we locked the borders

◦ Our first death

◦ The main clusters

◦ Contact tracing

◦ Kasafuku on Jacinda’s desk

◦ Lockdown, four levels

◦ Social distancing, supermarkets and essential items

◦ NZers don’t shop everyday like they do in Japan

◦ Support from the government:

◦ Modems, books, computers, TV channels in English and Maori

◦ Benefits for those affected

◦ Interest free loans

◦ Shift from tourism to other ‘green’ projects

◦ Two week quarantine

◦ Deal with Australia

◦ Jacinda couldn’t accept having more deaths than necessary quote

◦ Dr. Bloomfield everyday on TV / internet, keeping us informed

◦ Dr. Siouxsie Wiles

◦ NZ’s demographics <start here, reached 5m in March, similar land area to Japan

◦ ‘Bubbles’ can link to four levels <‘bubbles’ is an important concept that I’m having trouble describing to Japanese people

◦ Groups up to 10, then 100

◦ Rugby back on the menu in June

◦ Masks, not deemed 100% necessary, ie optional (big contrast to Abe no mask)

◦ What the recovery will look like

◦ Still going ahead with election on September 19

◦ Parliament took a break, then social distancing

◦ Paused construction in level 4, but not level 3

◦ In level two now but still many rules in place

◦ Police stopped people from traveling within the country on a public holiday

◦ Police stopped many people breaking the rules, like David Clark? Was it?

◦ NZ was better prepared from the start when compared to Japan

◦ No Hanko (personal seals that Japanese people had to go into the office to use. Literally putting your life at risk to stamp some documents).

◦ People telecommuting anyway, ie. Once a week

◦ Takeaway already existed

◦ Uber eats and other services already up and running

◦ Fast broadband was brought in recently

◦ Correspondence school since forever

◦ Generally tech-savvy population, not too difficult to work from home in many cases

◦ Able to go outside, just within reasonable distance

◦ No flour or toilet paper

◦ Essential worker’s definition

◦ Testing numbers

◦ Support for the government in terms of both the health response and for the election

◦ Cartoons on the spinoff

◦ My masters was all online, I did it from Japan >online learning

◦ We will hopefully see many international students coming in to NZ

◦ Avatar also being made

◦ Australia in September

◦ Those affected stayed home

◦ 結局they didn’t raise the minimum wage right?

Tim Bunting Kiwi Yamabushi


Hi, I’m Tim Bunting AKA the Kiwi Yamabushi, a New Zealander who became a Yamabushi Ascetic in the Dewa Sanzan mountains of north Japan. I’m part of the Yamabushido team, and we host life-altering Yamabushi training on the Dewa Sanzan (website link). People come to us for the ultimate mindfulness experience, to reach the next level, or simply connect with nature and themselves.

I’m on a mission to summit all 100 Famous Mountains of Yamagata Prefecture to spread the splendour of this fabulous location, and in dedication to all those who lost their lives out in nature, including my father.

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