The science and data underpinning the public health response ought to be robust enough to withstand challenge and questioning.

The public health response needs to focus on the best outcome for all New Zealanders and should examine the whole picture, not COVID-19 disease in isolation.

Where elements of the public health response have the potential to endanger population subgroups physically, emotionally or financially then these risks must be examined in detail and carefully weighed against the proposed benefits.

Decision-making processes should be evidence-based, welcome input from a wide range of experts and not be confined to a limited or biased group. All stakeholders should be party to this decision-making.