Women on the MIQ frontline deserve a pat on the back

Published: 09 March 2022

International Women’s Day is a time to acknowledge and recognise all of our women in MIQ.

Statement by Head of MIQ Operations, Commodore Melissa Ross

As a workforce drawn from the four corners of Aotearoa New Zealand with different backgrounds, experiences and beliefs, we have been able to come together over the past 2 years to be a key part of our countries border response to keep our communities safe from COVID-19. 

Our teams have worked around the clock to care for returning New Zealanders and community cases that enter MIQ facilities.  Most New Zealanders haven’t seen the extra tasks that MIQ workers have had to undergo including the frequent testing, strict adherence to protocols, donning and doffing PPE and in the early days of MIQ, the stigmatism that had to be endured for being an MIQ worker. 

Together we have helped nearly 230,000 people to come to New Zealand and while it has had its challenges, it has been worth the effort.

On this International Women’s Day, we celebrate all women in MIQ, and particularly those on the frontline which include Defence Force personnel, doctors and nurses, hotel employees, aviation security, police, bus drivers, tradespeople, private security workers, and government workers across multiple ministries . Ordinary people working at the front line doing extraordinary things to keep Aotearoa New Zealand safe.

Happy International Women’s Day to all our MIQ women and to all those women who support our MIQ workforce.

Ki te kotahi te kākaho, ka whati; ki te kapuia, e kore e whati – When we stand alone we are vulnerable, but together we are unbreakable.