Greens co-leader James Shaw is isolating at home after a Covid-19 test following a campaign trip to the location of New Zealand’s latest community cases

Climate Change Minister and Green Party co-leader James Shaw has undergone a precautionary Covid-19 test after developing “minor cold symptoms” following a trip to South Auckland over the weekend.

Shaw, along with a number of Green MPs, visited the suburb of Weymouth on Sunday to reveal the party’s housing policy for the September 19 election.

In a statement, the Greens co-leader said he had “developed minor cold symptoms after returning to Wellington from Auckland at the weekend”.

“On the advice of health experts, I undertook a Covid-19 test to rule out the possibility of having the virus, and am currently staying at home while I await the results,” he said.

“I remind all of us that we must take any symptoms seriously and be tested if advised to do so by medical professionals.

“We all have a role to play in keeping Covid-19 out of our communities, and that includes following the advice of health experts.”

Meanwhile, a National Party spokeswoman confirmed the party’s planned campaign launch at Vodafone Events Centre on Sunday had been cancelled “pending further decisions to be made”.

While Auckland’s Level 3 restrictions are currently only in place until the end of Friday, National leader Judith Collins said on Wednesday it was not feasible to hold a large gathering in the current circumstances.

Sam Sachdeva is Newsroom's national affairs editor, covering foreign affairs and trade, housing, and other issues of national significance.

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