The relationship between New Zealand and Australia continues to be one of the strongest in the world, and this is unlikely to change as a result of the outcomes of COVID-19.
In fact, as global markets become more uncertain, there may be benefits to working more with our neighbours, leveraging New Zealand's more sustainable image and trustworthy, ethical ways of working.
Australia has moved rapidly to set in place economic stimulus to manage the impacts of COVID-19, at both business and household level, and some state governments have also frozen fees and charges at current levels.
Across the Pacific, the way countries are managing and regulating COVID-19 differs significantly. In business it is taking longer to get things done, with transport links and delivering products to market being key concerns and challenges.