Up to 100 invoices for managed isolation/quarantine stays will be referred to a debt collection agency for the first time this week.
It is the first tranche of MIQ bills being referred for debt collection. Debt recovery action isn’t considered until invoices are 90 days overdue, or 180 days from when the invoice was issued.
As at April 30, 291 invoices were overdue by more than 180 days with a combined value of $909,535. It was unclear how much the first tranche of debt collection represented.
A total of 13,221 invoices had been issued for total MIQ stays as at May 9 – worth $60.8 million. Of this, $38.3m had been paid (63 per cent). A further $16.4m was not due to be paid yet, as they were within the 90-day period.
If you can pay, you should pay, but I see no worth in hunting down those who can’t pay.
These are New Zealanders returning home, to dump the cost of quarantine upon them for an event beyond their control seems mean spirited in the age of Kiwi Kindness.
The State should be accomodating here, not sending in the Debt Collectors.
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