COVID-19: Deported Kiwis staying at Auckland's Ramada Hotel

The Kiwis deported from Australia are staying at the Ramada Hotel in central Auckland.

Newshub was told this is the hotel by one of the 30 deportees, who arrived on Tuesday.

The New Zealanders will stay in the state-run isolation facility for 14 days. Extra security has been put in place in and around the building, and risk assessments were carried out. The hotel is guarded by security, police and military personnel.

A tall fence covered in a black sheet obscures the hotel's main entrance. There seems to be a small fenced-off outdoor area on the side of the building and it doesn't appear any of the windows can open. A police station also neighbours the hotel.

The 30 deportees aren't allowed to leave their rooms without permission.

COVID-19: Deported Kiwis staying at Auckland's Ramada Hotel
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Ramada Hotel is on Federal St, just a five minute walk from the Sky Tower and SkyCity Casino.

Although this is a trial of deportee managed isolation, officials are preparing for more detainees to arrive. The public can't book a room at the Ramada for the next three months.

The Government had previously refused to name where the deportees were spending their two-week isolation, only saying it was at a dedicated hotel in central Auckland.

The deportees arrived on a charter flight that was paid for by the Australian government.

Thousands of people have been controversially sent back to New Zealand since 2015, but deportations were paused due to COVID-19.

COVID-19: Deported Kiwis staying at Auckland's Ramada Hotel
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Minister of Health Chris Hipkins hit out at Australia over its plan to deport Kiwis during the pandemic and says New Zealand is "opposed to the way Australia is handling the deportation issue".

"Whilst we're opposed to the deportation policy of the Australian Government, we are working closely with them to ensure that it is well-managed," Hipkins said on Monday.

He says the Government is obliged to receive the deportees.

"We don't have to like it to know we have to work within the processes the Australian government has put in place... But they are within their rights to do it."

Hipkins says Australia has given assurances they will not deport further people to New Zealand without first making sure all of the logistical arrangements are well-planned and there is capacity for it in managed isolation facilities.