Five isolating NZ MPs to miss parliament

Ben McKay

Five New Zealand MPs will miss the parliamentary sitting week as they self-isolate to precautionary stances to ward off coronavirus.

None believe they have the disease.

Labour MP and Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta has quarantined herself after returning home on Saturday from a trip to Canberra.

Internal Affairs Minister and NZ First MP Tracey Martin is self-isolating after meeting with Australian Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton as part of a multilateral security meeting in Washington DC last week.

Mr Dutton tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday.

National MP Chris Bishop - who travelled to Sydney in the hope of watching his beloved Black Caps play Australia, only to learn on arrival it would be played behind closed doors - is also voluntarily self-isolating.

Mr Bishop's partyroom colleague Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi will enter self-isolation when he returns from a trip to India.

Greens MP Chloe Swarbrick, who travelled to Australia on a personal trip, will self-isolate for a fortnight when she returns to New Zealand on Tuesday.