Two people arrested for violating four lockdown laws will spend the weekend behind bars.
Adam Nuttall and former National Front leader Kyle Chapman appeared in Christchurch District Court on Friday via video link on charges of failing to comply with restrictions under the 19 Public Health Response Act.
The couple was arrested along with a 56-year-old woman after allegedly participating in a small anti-lockdown protest at Christchurch’s Bridge of Remembrance.
The woman also appeared in court briefly, but her case was adjourned until Friday afternoon for legal assistance.
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During her appearance, Nuttall could be seen on the screen wearing a T-shirt with the words “Cowed lies NZ dies”.
Both men applied for release on bail, but their applications were rejected by Judge Quentin Hicks.
Bail hearing reporting is limited under the Bell Act and very few details can be published.
Police Commissioner Andrew Coaster said Thursday that officers’ reporting numbers and observations across the country show that the “majority” of people are following the rules.
Police received 684 reports of online violations starting at midnight on Tuesday and 5pm on Wednesday.
Of these reports, 322 were about a gathering, 320 about a business and 42 about an individual.
Coaster had earlier said that the police would review every notification received and follow up where necessary.
“We thank those who are in touch to report or contact us about their potential breach of activity.
“The police will take the first step in educating about the new need to cover the face of essential services such as supermarkets and pharmacies.”
He said that enforcement action would be taken if required.
“People need to know what the laws are so far, and why it’s important to follow them, especially when it comes to illegal gatherings and repeated violations of sanctions.
“Violators have endangered the safety of all New Zealanders, and they can expect the police to act quickly and efficiently to enforce compliance.”
Each of them faced two charges under the Quaid 19 Public Health Response Act, and one under the Charge Search and Surveillance Act.
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A 52-year-old woman who was also arrested is due to appear in Auckland District Court on August 25.
A formal warning was issued to three of the four people arrested during protests in Toranga on Wednesday.
A 56-year-old woman was due to appear in Turanga District Court on Monday on a charge under the Health Act.
Two men, a 44-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman. He was also arrested for refusing to cover his face. Save Kitaya in the Pak North, in the Far North.
Coaster said he was arrested Thursday for disorderly conduct and violating the Public Health Response Act. Police did not say whether he had been charged.
Eight people have so far been warned on the West Coast for violating lockdown laws.
Senior Sergeant Mark Kirkwood said most of them were in Greymouth, and were warned to walk and gather after midnight when the lockdown took effect.
Police have been conducting “high-visibility patrols” to reassure supermarkets and other essential businesses across the country and help control crowds where needed.
“We will look at our cities, towns and streets to make sure that people are subject to restrictions and that those who are traveling are doing so for necessary and approved purposes,” Coaster said.
Police personnel across New Zealand have been instructed to cover their faces and wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) at all times when deployed at police stations.
Most police stations are closed to the public during Alert Level 4 and people are asked to contact the police online wherever possible.