Coronavirus: Labour's Nanaia Mahuta joins growing list of MPs in self-isolation over COVID-19 concerns

Labour MP Nanaia Mahuta is going into self-isolation, joining a growing list of MPs staying home for two weeks over coronavirus fears following overseas travel. 

Mahuta, the Minister for Māori Development and Local Government, recently returned from Australia, and while she's showing no symptoms of COVID-19, she's self-isolating as a precaution. 

National MP Chris Bishop has taken a similar approach, choosing to self-isolate after returning from Australia, meaning he will be working from home and be unavailable to meet with constituents. 

Like Mahuta, Bishop returned to New Zealand before the Government's directive that all arrivals to New Zealand must self-isolate for 14 days - but the MPs have decided to do it anyway to be safe. 

In a social media post, Bishop said while there is no legal obligation for him to self-isolate, health officials recommended it, and he is "following that advice". 

The Hutt South MP said on Sunday: "After I returned home last night I have confined myself to our house in Petone. I have no symptoms and am feeling totally fine."

Green MP Chlöe Swarbrick is also self-isolating following a recent trip to Australia. 

The list MP said on Sunday she has no symptoms of COVID-19, but is registering her whereabouts with the Ministry of Health and will be following officials' advice. 

"We will be supporting Chlöe to ensure she can work remotely and we have been in contact with Parliament's Speaker," Green Party co-leader James Shaw said. 

"Green MPs who are away from Wellington regularly videoconference into caucus meetings, so Chlöe will still be able to participate fully in the work of the Green Party. 

"We'll miss Chlöe's presence in Parliament but I'm sure she'll be back before long."

New Zealand First MP Tracey Martin is also in self-isolation after she interacted with Australian MP Peter Dutton, the country's Home Affairs Minister, who has tested positive for COVID-19. 

Martin, the Minister for Children and Internal Affairs, is not showing any symptoms of COVID-19, but is self-isolating and has been tested, a statement from her office said on Friday. 

Martin's office said she did not shake hands with Dutton, but she was with him for 90 minutes, and is taking precautionary measures. 

The meeting Martin attended in Washington, DC, was with New Zealand's Five Eyes intelligence partners - the US, UK, Canada and Australia - about fighting online child exploitation. 

Ivanka Trump, the daughter of United States President Donald Trump, attended the meeting and is now in self-isolation after interacting with Dutton. 

National MP Kanwal Bakshi is currently in India and will have to self-isolate when he returns to New Zealand.