There were emotional scenes across the country when the Transtasman bubble was opened. Video / Mark Mitchell / Tom Dyton
The international arrivals area of an airport is, without a doubt, one of the happiest places on the planet – and this has been particularly the case today at Australian and New Zealand airports, as flights internationals between the two countries took off for trips without quarantine. for the first time since the start of the pandemic.
On both sides of the Tasman, celebrations for the opening of the Transtasman bubble have taken many forms today. From champagne in flight and long-awaited hugs to the sound of live music, New Zealanders and Australians have shown how much they missed each other and how happy they are all to be able to form a big bubble and meet again. .
Among the celebrations at the airport was … this one. A group of Australian dancers, dressed in black outfits with black masks, held large, clear balloons as they spoke through the interpretive dance all around the terminal.
Footage of their performance was posted on Twitter, where viewers were taken aback by what they were seeing.
“Every day I wake up trying not to feel contempt for the human race and every day the human race takes up the challenge,” said Greg Larsen, in a tweet accompanying a five-second clip.
The images have since been retweeted hundreds of times, by Australians and New Zealanders alike, almost unanimously agreeing that it was at least a somewhat odd way to celebrate the milestone.
“Australia, are you okay?” one person posted, sharing the video.
“Look, if the NZ decides to close the borders again, I fully understand,” said another person.
“Unfortunately, in our isolation, we got pretty crazy,” added another Australian Twitter user.
“Holy shit. Is it too late to close the bubble?” Asked another Twitter user.
“Choices were made and I think it was by the people who made the decisions about commissioning the ship,” someone said, referring to the recent scandal surrounding the video of the dancers twerking at the launch. from a navy ship in Australia.
On our side of the Tasman, there were Maori dances welcoming travelers to Wellington Airport as well as multiple live performances of Dave Dobbyn’s classic “Welcome Home / Nau Mai Rā” playing as people arrived in Auckland.
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The two-way travel bubble between New Zealand and Australia finally began today, after more than a year of closed borders.
The first passengers on a non-quarantine trip from Australia began arriving at Auckland International Airport shortly after the plane landed at 12:30 p.m. this afternoon.
The transtasman bubble is just the world’s second travel bubble between countries still determined to keep Covid-19 out. The first travel bubble was established between Taiwan and Palau.