How a homeless man conned his way into a staying at five-star hotel for WEEKS by claiming he was a returned traveller in need of isolation
- A homeless man bluffed his way into spending two weeks at a five-star hotel
- He posed as a returned traveller completing his 14 days of isolation in Auckland
- The man only told officials he did not have a home after he was discharged
- Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19
A homeless man bluffed his way into spending two weeks at a five-star hotel by claiming he was a returned traveller.
National Party MP Michael Woodhouse said the homeless man posed as a new arrival and completed his 14 days of mandatory coronavirus isolation in Auckland.
‘One of the five-star hotels housed a homeless person for a couple of weeks under the pretense that it was someone who came back from overseas,’ he told Newshub on Thursday.
A homeless man bluffed his way into spending two weeks in isolation at a five-star hotel in Auckland. Pictured: The Ellerslie Novotel quarantine hotel in Auckland
The opposition health spokesman said an Auckland-based health professional had informed him of the homeless man’s hotel stay.
Mr Woodhouse said the ‘reliable source’ only found out the man was homeless after he completed the two weeks of isolation.
‘When the person was ready for discharge, he was asked for a forwarding address, only to tell the official that he didn’t have one, because he was homeless.
‘He hadn’t come back from overseas, he just joined the back of the queue two weeks ago and spent a fortnight getting three square meals and a bath every day on the Government,’ Mr Woodhouse said.
Mr Woodhouse called on authorities to investigate the claim and slammed the Ministry of Health’s quarantine measures.
‘It just shows what a shambles this thing is.’
‘I’m quite happy to dig further into it but there will be a number of anecdotes like this,’ Mr Woodhouse said.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted The Ministry of Health for comment.
The man posed as a returned traveller who was completing his mandatory 14 days of isolation. Pictured: A homeless man in Christchurch amid coronavirus lockdown in March
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the whole of New Zealand feels let down by her health department after a series of bungles which threatened the country’s COVID-19 recovery.
Health officials allowed two citizens out of quarantine early this week without tests, only for them to meet friends against the terms of their release and later return a positive result.
Asked whether she felt let down by the failure, Ms Ardern said ‘New Zealand feels that at the moment. The whole team of five million feels that’.
Just 1507 people have caught coronavirus in New Zealand and 22 have died.
On Thursday, another man tested positive to COVID-19, but this was an example of the border controls working.
The man, aged in his 60s, was picked up while in quarantine at an Auckland hotel after travelling from Lahore in Pakistan, via Doha and Melbourne.
National Party MP Michael Woodhouse (pictured) said an Auckland-based health professional informed him of the homeless man’s hotel stay