Thinking of heading to your holiday for the Easter long weekend?
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and police have a message for you – don’t even think about it.
With many holiday spots temptingly within a few hours drive of main cities, locals and councils mooted road blockades to stop people entering their towns and regions, but whether police would be given the power to do so, even under a state of emergency, appears up for debate.
Suggestions are that in Akaroa, a popular harbour getaway near Christchurch, people have already slipped through.
In beachy Northland, where locally-manned checkpoints stopped tourists entering at the start of the coronavirus lockdown, police confirmed they would now be patrolling the roads to ensure compliance.