25 Mar 2020

Tribal borders in East Coast and Northland now closed

1:48 pm on 25 March 2020

Road checkpoints in the East Coast and Northland set up by iwi to stop non-residents from entering into their regions are now in place.

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Photo: RNZ / Simon Rogers

No tourists or non-residents will be allowed into the regions for the lockdown period which starts at 11:59pm tonight, for a minimum of four weeks.

Te Whānau a Apanui would only be letting courier, medical, council and food supplies in from Pōtikirua and Te Taumata o Apanui.

Police and local hapū representatives would be at each checkpoint, advising non-residents to leave, while giving residents information about how to keep their whānau safe.

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In Te Tai Tokerau, karakia took place at the checkpoints at Waipapa at State Highway 10, and Mangataiora at State Highway 1 this morning.

There will be health checks for people returning home but people with symptoms of the virus are advised to stay away.

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