The names of the son of a high-ranking official and his accomplice who allegedly violated. Coved 19 lockdown rules Flying to Wanaka vacation home will still be a secret.
A 35-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman crossed the Auckland Alert Level 4 border on Thursday using essential worker discounts, police said.
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He then flew to Hamilton Airport, where he boarded a commercial flight to Queenstown via Wellington, rented a car, and headed for a vacation home in Wanaka.
In a statement Monday afternoon, police said they were told about the alleged violation by a member of the public who created a report using the online Covid 19 “compliance” tool.
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Officers found the pair in Wanaka on Saturday afternoon.
He has since returned to Auckland. It is not clear how.
One of the man’s parents is a high-ranking government official.
The man questioned his lawyer, Auckland Barrister Rachel RedQC, when contacted. Equipment Monday morning.
Reid said his client did not comment on the allegations.
During an urgent hearing Monday evening, a district court judge allowed the couple’s names, as well as the official’s name and possession, to be temporarily suppressed.
The order was issued to allow Reid to appeal to the High Court for long-term restraining orders.
A neighbor said police visited the Wanaka holiday home several times over the weekend.
The owner of a portion of the property, valued at more than 1 million, said. Equipment He was unaware of the suspected violation.
“Jepper mate, you took off my socks,” the man said after being told of the allegations.
He said he was “absolutely terrified” and called the couple’s actions “self-defeating.”
A nearby resident said he was “disgusted” to find out what had happened.
It was a quiet neighborhood and the houses were close to each other. He was worried that the couple was out and in Wanaka.
“Everyone is playing according to the rules and there is a possibility that South Island could go up to level 1, but with something like that you think well …”
Quintown Mayor Jim Bolt said he wanted a judge to throw a book at the couple, and he couldn’t believe people could be so stupid.
“They endangered the health and well-being of the whole country.”
Bolt said he had been told by public health officials that the risk was low that the couple had brought Wanaka residents to Covid 19.
At a press conference Monday afternoon, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern did not have further details about the incident, saying she would like to leave it to the police to respond.
In general, he said, everyone needs to play their part in stopping the spread of Covid 19.
“The rules are not to play,” Ordner said.
“The Aucklanders will adopt a very dim view of other Aucklanders who are not doing their job, because they have been around for a long time and very hard.”
Police said they would prosecute the man and his accomplice for violating the official Kuvid 19 health order when they returned to their residence in the Alert Level 4 area after the approved necessary personal movements. Failed to go.
He will be summoned to court this week, police said.
Bolt said this is not the first time anyone in the region has broken the law. A 41-year-old businessman is also in trouble to leave Auckland for Queen Town on September 1 without exception.
“People need to think ahead of themselves before making these decisions.”
On Monday, police said they had. A few people were arrested near the Auckland checkpoints. Which violated Alert Level 4 rules.
On Sunday, two men, aged 36 and 52, tried to drive across the city’s southern border.
The men waived, but were further questioned when officers noticed cannabis in their vehicle.
Both had more than 2kg of drugs. Police said he was not driving south for essential purposes.
The pair were charged with possession of cannabis for supply and failure to comply with the Cove 19 Health Order.