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New Zealand- A Well-Managed Crisis

A well-managed crisis equals normalcy returns quickly. We’ve been in awe recently of New Zealand and how fast they’ve handled crises. I was in awe of how fast an entire country can act when it determines something is a priority.  A month after 50 people were killed in 2019 by a white nationalist opened fire at a mosque the country enacted an assault weapons ban. I was very impressed and so was Amanda.  We now have coronavirus. The world is shut down and despite the number of people pretending that it is business as usual, we still don’t have sports back in a stadium filled with fans here in the US. The sports leagues have attempted to get back by playing without fans, not only in the US, but in Japan, Korea, and Europe. We as fans know its not the same. I personally can’t imagine watching a hockey game without the sound of the fans in the stands. I feel we are in this fix because of a lot of reasons but most of all mismanagement by our government in their response. You can’t say there was no way to prevent this predicament because once again New Zealand has proved that a nationwide response to this epidemic is possible.  Yesterday, Rugby returned to New Zealand and had a packed stadium filled with 20,000 fans as the Otago Highlanders and the Waikato Chiefs. We attribute all of that to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s leadership. I wasn’t a big fan of her at first either. I’ve become a huge fan. I know it will take great leadership and actual sacrifice for many of us, but we too in the United States, can have a true return to normalcy one day.


About No Kids, Will Travel

In the eyes of their friends and family, Amanda and Zeke are a young jet setting couple without any real responsibility. In real life, the stress of work and raising a kitten push them to flee reality at every opportunity. The "lack of obligation" gives them the chance to explore the world.

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