History of liberty in a lockdown
New Zealand has changed dramatically in a week in response to Covid-19. Fundamental rights and liberties have been curtailed to assist in suppressing the virus. From a legal history perspective, this is similar to what New Zealand experienced in World Wars One and Two and during the 1951 Waterfront Dispute. It is unclear how long these measures will be necessary. The government is now taking the cautious approach with a nationwide lockdown.