11 Sep 2021

61 people charged for breaching Auckland lockdown so far

12:46 pm on 11 September 2021

Sixty-one people have been charged with failing to comply with Covid-19 orders since the alert level 4 lockdown came into effect in Auckland.

Police at Auckland's Mercer border checkpoint

Police at Auckland's Mercer border checkpoint during the current lockdown. Photo: RNZ / Liu Chen

Police say those 61 people face a total of 65 offences, but the number is dwarfed by the 7331 reports from the public of lockdown breaches.

In a statement, police said during the same period, 141 people were formally warned for a range of offences.

The next available data for checkpoints on the boundaries of Auckland would be on Monday but, police said numbers remain low with only a small number of vehicles continuing to be turned around.

"This shows our community is overall following the rules and ensuring they have the correct documentation ready to show our staff on the checkpoints," police said.

"Wild weather in Auckland last night saw a mini tornado on State Highway 1 knock over nearly every road cone.

"We want to acknowledge our officers and partners who are working in some pretty wet and windy conditions.

"Police staff did get a surprise when some local four-legged residents decided they wanted to try to breach our strict border restrictions. Forty cattle stampeded from a paddock onto Mercer Ferry Road before police staff managed to herd them onto Orams Road.

"The cattle soon realised the grass was not greener on the other side and started to head back to their own property facilitated by police, Defence Force staff and the farmer at the property.

Police decided to let the cattle off with a warning on this occasion."

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