GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – PM says returning to level 4 is ‘not part of our consideration’, as parts of Waikato will move to level 3 tonight


Reporting by Jonathan MacKenzie – Oct 03, 2021

‘Covid is here and it’s a matter of time before it spreads across the country’ – Michael Plank
Canterbury University mathematics professor, Michael Plank, said Sunday’s developments were concerning for the whole country. “The fact that the Waikato cases don’t have a clear link to the Auckland outbreak and have been infectious in the community for several days is concerning. 
“If the Auckland outbreak grows much larger, it will become even harder to prevent Covid spreading to other parts of New Zealand. The message is clear: Covid is here and it’s a matter of time before it spreads across the country.”

No Surrender!

To kill the virus, to rescue the hospitals, fo save businesses, while saving lives.

We will require a nationwide Level 4 Lockdown with Full rent and mortgage moratorium, until the virus is under control, and we can lift the lock down safely.

A level 4 lockdown for the whole country, starting now, with a full 1930s style nationwide mortgage and rent moratorium, until the virus stops ciruclating in the community is the only way that we can overcome lockdown caused hardship.

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We can do this.

We eliminated the virus in 2020. We can do it again.

We imposed a rent and mortgage moratorium in 1914 and 1931. We can do it again.

Kill the virus, rescue the hospitals, save businesses, while saving lives.

Full rent and mortgage moratorium with Level 4 Lockdown until the virus is back under control.

… 1931, it was clear that further intervention was necessary to prevent widespread foreclosures and mortgagee sales…..

….Although mortgage relief was frequently discussed at some length by
contemporary commentators, and by some historians in the 1950s and
1960s, it has been relegated to a few lines at most in more recent works.’

…..This Act also extended to lessees [renters] the same protection
that had been granted to mortgagors,

The modification of mortgage conditions was not new in New Zealand. A ‘mortgage moratorium’ had been imposed as a war measure in 1914,

The great Aussie Vampire Squid vs. the Kiwi lockdown

Pat O’Dea is a unionist and human rights activist.


  1. Sorry, science says “yes” but politics says “no”. If you aren’t vaccinated yet, get it done now, it takes time & two shots to get the full benefits of vaccination and time is running short. Buckle up, it’s going to get bumpy.

    • But politics says “no”.

      New Zealand politics of the 1900s and 1930s allowed governments to legislate mortgage and rent moratoriums.

      But New Zealnd politics of the last 47 years prevents governments legislating mortgage and rent moratoriums.
      (Or cutting green house gas emissions, or eliminating childhood poverty, or interfering in the markets in any way*.

      Beginning in 1984, for 47 years neoliberal othordoxy has been accepted as holy writ by both major parties. The market must not be interferred with. The invisible hand must be allowed free reign. The wealth wil trickle down, Covid will be allowed to run free, New Zealand will be zero carbon by 2050. Greta Thunberg put it best when said about all this empty political rhetoric Blah, Blah, Blah.

      • So it is written in the Neoliberal holy scriptures, & so shall it be done. All bless the invisible hand of the market. Amen (Ahhh…profit)

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