"We haven't done those in the past, and I see no reason to change that position."
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is sticking up for her former Health Minister.
"Some kernels of truth," the 68th-ranked candidate claimed.
New Zealand's pork industry could be shattered by the outcome.
She told Newshub Nation they'll change once the party starts its election campaign.
The Government is deciding if New Zealanders will have to pay for their COVID-19 managed isolation costs.
"The most important public health measure is keeping people isolated for 14 days."
"I don't believe anybody else was put at risk."
Debbie Ngarewa-Packer has defended her controversial male counterpart John Tamihere.