Wellington Scoop

Auckland couple arrested in Wellington, after breaking lockdown restrictions

Report from RNZ
Two people snapped flouting alert level four restrictions by travelling from Auckland to Wellington have tested negative for Covid-19.

A 24-year-old woman and 41-year-old man were arrested in the capital yesterday, after allegedly travelling from Auckland to Wellington in breach of Alert Level 4 restrictions.

They have been charged with failing to comply with the Covid-19 order and are expected to appear in Wellington District Court tomorrow.

The Health Ministry says the pair have tested negative for the virus and is imploring others to follow the lockdown rules.

Last night, another breach was reported where a couple crossed Auckland’s southern border using false documents and had gone to stay in Taupō.

Police in Taupō were alerted, and the pair’s vehicle was spotted by an officer finishing her shift. They have since returned to Tāmaki Makaurau, police said.

The incidents follow another high profile lockdown breach last week, where an Auckland couple travelled from Auckland to Wānaka. They have since apologised, saying the decision to travel to Wānaka was “completely irresponsible and inexcusable”. Charges have not been laid yet against the couple.


  1. Michael, 19. September 2021, 17:26

    How is it that the son of a judge and his partner who flouted level 4 restrictions over a week ago have not been charged, yet others who have done the same thing have been charged almost immediately.

  2. Michelle, 20. September 2021, 22:49

    I agree Michael. It makes a mockery of the judicial system in this country.

  3. Peter B, 21. September 2021, 8:04

    There are rules for a purpose. The judicial system applies to all New Zealanders on a consistent basis and should not be selective.