2 Dec 2021

Police and iwi to set up checkpoints on Northland/Auckland border

5:08 pm on 2 December 2021

Police are working with iwi in Northland to manage checkpoints after 15 December when the borders around Auckland reopen to ensure that those travelling from Auckland meet the new requirements.

Border checkpoint in the far north

Photo: RNZ / Angus Dreaver

In a statement Police Commissioner Andrew Coster said people can expect to be stopped and spoken to by police to ensure they are abiding by the requirements of the Public Health Order.

"With the support of iwi, police will set up and manage checkpoints to confirm that those travelling from Auckland meet the requirements," he said.

He said this means travellers into the region will need to show proof of vaccination status or a negative Covid-19 test.

Coster referred people to the rules for travelling under the red and orange settings on the Unite Against Covid-19 website.

"Police will have a low tolerance for people attempting to travel north without meeting the requirements," he said.

Coster said the community's efforts are making a difference and wants everyone to do their best in adjusting to the new system.

"Police will also be working through the new rules and thank the public for their patience as we do so," he said.

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