Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters said the trans-Tasman bubble had not been jeopardised after a border botch-up resulted in New Zealand having two active cases of COVID-19.
On Friday, Mr Peters told RNZ's Morning Report he had heard from Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison that borders for trans-Tasman travel would open by July or August. "You've got a bit of a mixed message there."
While Australia was addressing border restrictions as a country, some states had low case numbers and Peters suggested travel between them and New Zealand should be allowed.
"Let's travel safe, let's not hold everything up until the slower state gets itself ready."
There was a desire for travel between the two countries, he said.
People should be wearing a mask when travelling "internally" or internationally, he said, referring to the two cases that flew in from Australia on a full flight.
"We can do it, but you got to stick to the protocols. You cannot have any slackers," the Minister added.