Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says despite 2020 being "frankly terrible," New Zealand is doing "really well" in its fight against the resurgence of Covid-19 in the country.
"If any one country knows how to bounce back, it is us," Ms Ardern said in a press conference announcing the change in alert levels this afternoon.
Ms Ardern said 2020 has been "a hard year" for the country.
"It's been a hard year for Christchurch, who has fresh reminders of that this week. It's been a hard year for Auckland. It's been a hard year for drought-stricken and flood-ridden parts of the country, so if it feels hard right now, it's because it is," she said.
"But let's also remember in a world where 2020 has frankly been terrible, we are strong, we have been kind and we are doing really well."
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