"Mr Key said the Government was invoking its flu plan and health officials hiked the potential influenza epidemic status to yellow, just below the code red response phase."I think New Zealanders can be confident that the government has a plan............."
In addition, all Labour Party MPs, party office bearers and union officials are to be immediately screened to make sure the swine aren't infected. (To ensure compliance, arrest warrants have been issued for ex president Mike Williams on account of his swinish visage and demeanor. It is suspected he was a latent carrier of the desease during the 2008 election campaign.)
Labour Party public meetings will be restricted to a maximum of twenty attendees.
For the duration of the emergency, all commercial piggeries are off limits to Labour Party members and trade union officials so as to ensure the swine don't infect the national pig stocks.
Party leader Phil Goff said "These restrictions will have little adverse effect on our campaign for Mt Albert as we don't ever get more than fifteen people at our meetings.