The ERA said the employer failed to follow the proper process and consult with the truckie before the decision was made.
There are no direct flights home for those wanting to return from the Pacific nations, where more than 100 New Zealanders are registered with SafeTravel.
Ponting was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in Japan late in 2019 and wanted to spend his last days with family and friends.
Iced Earth frontman Jon Ryan Schaffer agreed to cooperate with investigators in hopes of getting a lighter sentence.
Claire Christie's selfless nomination in the Volkswagen's Labour of Love competition will go towards a campervan equipped with a dialysis machine.