Two people have been fined in Nelson after delivering offensive letters against various medical procedures.
Acting Tasman District Commander Detective Inspector Paul Borrell said a small number of people protested outside the Nelson police station on the first day of the lockdown and that the letters were believed to have come from the same group.
Although the letters themselves do not constitute a criminal offense, he said the contents are extremely painful for the recipients.
The letters refer to the unanimous treatment of medical professionals in post-World War II Germany.
“It was very disturbing for the people who delivered it and our role is to keep our community safe and that includes investigating and holding such people accountable.”
The letters were delivered to three medical centers, which had been moved unnecessarily in violation of the current health order, and notice of violation had been issued.
Police in Tasman District have responded to several other incidents since the August 17 Alert Level 4 ban was imposed.
As of August 29, 472 reports had been made to 105 service violations in the Tasman District, covering Nelson Bay, Marlborough and the West Coast. Of these, 281 were about gatherings, 135 about businesses and 56 about people.
Borrell said police did not have major problems with people not wearing masks during essential service visits, but there were some problems with people traveling for non-essential purposes, including someone who visited South Hanmer Springs. Was stopped on the way to
Last weekend, checkpoints were set up on major highways inside and outside Nelson to check on people traveling for essential reasons, the majority of whom were traveling.
In addition, he said, residents of Tasman District have been treated well.
“We really want to encourage our community to follow the rules and they have been great on a large scale.”
Borrell said there was a strange person who came to the attention of the police on the lockdown, which also caused problems during Alert Level 4 last year.
“We know the message is there and it is a clear violation that we have no choice but to give notice of the violation.”
The police respond to small demonstrations across the country.
Nineteen people have been arrested for violating Alert Level 4 rules during anti-lockdown protests this morning.
Police say small and large gatherings took place in government and local council buildings across the country.
Six of the arrests took place outside the Turanga City Council building, while four were made outside Government House in Epsom, Auckland.
Arrests were also made in Hamilton, Wanganui, Kaikohi, Wangori, Taupi and Christchurch.
Police Commissioner Andrew Coaster said protests are a common feature of a well-functioning democracy, but the police have a low tolerance for those who deliberately ignore the restrictions of Covid 19.