Kia ora tatou katoa,
So the inevitable has happened, COVID-19’s Delta variant has snuck in from New South Wales, wandered around Auckland, Coromandel and who knows where else, undetected for several days – and we’re back in lockdown.
We are extremely disappointed that some Aucklanders, and no doubt others too, have chosen to ignore the lockdown to take holiday jaunts to Karikari with their camper vans, jet skis and boats – thereby endangering the well-being of our whānau by wandering around our papakāinga. COVID-19 cases are rapidly escalating in Auckland – and this variant is targeting young people as well.
Maitai camping ground is closed, Karikari access road is blocked off, freedom campers can no longer use the dunes on Tokerau beach at Ramp Rd or stay on Rangiputa, and Waikākari (Pūwheke beach) is blocked off. So the holiday makers will no doubt try elsewhere. They need to be sent back to Auckland or wherever they’ve come from.
Our kaumātua and kuia are pleading with us all to please keep this killer out of Karikari; please do not travel unnecessarily, stay home and stick to our bubbles. Wear a face mask if you go out, keep washing your hands and please get vaccinated.
We’ve pasted below this evening’s update from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.