Watch as COVID-19 Epidemic Response Committee hears from Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni

  • 09/04/2020

The Epidemic Response Committee is meeting for the sixth time and will hear from Ministry for Social Development (MSD) chief executive Debbie Power and the minister responsible Carmel Sepuloni. 

MSD has so far paid out more than $6 billion as part of the COVID-19 wage subsidy scheme, subsidising the wages of almost a fifth of the population - more than 1 million people - as most businesses cannot operate during the lockdown. 

The Epidemic Response Committee is a group of 11 MPs, the majority of whom are in Opposition, who meet via videoconference with the purpose of holding the Government to account on its coronavirus response. 

National Party leader Simon Bridges leads the committee, and is joined by four other National MPs, three Labour MPs, one Green Party MP, one New Zealand First MP, and permanent member David Seymour, leader of the ACT Party. 

The committee will also hear from Education Minister Chris Hipkins, who announced an $87 million package to ensure school students can learn from home, with thousands of devices and hard copy education packs to be sent to households. 

Hipkins will be joined by Secretary for Education Iona Halstead, Tertiary Education Commission chief executive Tim Fowler, and Deputy Secretary for Early Learning & Student Achievement Ellen MacGregor-Reid. 

Watch the video below.