The couple who broke the Auckland lockdown rules were drowned online.

Police warned a couple who Violated lockdown rules by traveling from Auckland to Winaka. By drowning them online by people.

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Police say a 35-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman crossed the Alert Level 4 border from Auckland on Thursday using the necessary workers’ waiver before driving at Hamilton Airport.

He took a commercial flight to Queenstown via Wellington, rented a car and went to Wenaka.

Police said they were notified online through a Code-19 compliance reporting tool, and found the pair on Saturday afternoon.

The couple has indicated they will return to Auckland as police consider filing charges against them.

The police said in a statement that what was most disappointing about such incidents was “the overall high level of compliance shown by the public to date”.

The men are accused of drug crimes.

Police also said they had arrested “a small number of people” near the Auckland border checkpoints who were breaking the rules and were found in possession of drugs.

Police said two men, aged 36 and 52, arrived in their vehicle yesterday and were stopped at Mercer, the southern outpost of the land, and smelled of cannabis when they showed discount notices to officers.

“It was later established that they were not traveling for essential purposes and both had more than 2kg of cannabis,” the police statement said.

He was charged with possession of supply and failure to comply with the order of Coveid 19 and is to be produced in court today.

In another case, a man was seen running along train tracks trying to avoid a checkpoint north of Auckland. He was located and was arrested for possession of methamphetamine.

The 29-year-old was issued in violation of Level 4 Alert restrictions and has been summoned to appear in court next month on drug charges, police said.

“These incidents not only show a lack of compliance with Alert Level 4 restrictions, but also a complete disregard for the law,” police said.

By numbers

  • As of 11.59pm last night, 87,152 vehicles had been stopped at 10 Auckland checkpoints.
  • Of these, 1104 were diverted for unnecessary travel, including a total of 164.
  • Twenty-one Tamaki Makurao people have been charged with 75 offenses since Alert Level 4 was enacted.
  • During the same period, 165 people were formally warned of various crimes.
  • Police have received a total of 7,867,105 online breach reports relating to business, large gatherings or people in Auckland.


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