My son is a hospital doctor in New Zealand and an NZ citizen.
The NZ government drew the line, on monitored entry to the country, at citizens, rather than residents.
A tough call, with some cases of hardship like the one you report.
However, the overall effect of the policy seems to have worked.
Ian. I hope you are able to get back to NZ soon.
I should have been there earlier this year, for a joint celebration.
My son’s 40th and my 70th!
4/4 - Stanley