People canoeing despite lockdown rules

People were kayaking on the estuary in Te Puna earlier today. Supplied images.

People have been spotted canoeing in the estuary near Waitui Reserve, Te Puna today despite the lockdown rules against water based activities.

A woman, who did not want to be named, says she could see three people canoeing up and down the estuary.

“I’d love to be out there it’s a beautiful day but we’re all practicing correct lockdown procedures.”

She says the majority of people are pracitising social distancing and the canoers just shouldn’t do it.

 Police have not received any specific reports of people canoeing in Te Puna, however Police are aware of reports of people spotted canoeing in other parts of the estuary, a police spokesperson says.

“While people can still go for walks for fresh air and exercise in their local area, police want to reiterate that exercise does not involve swimming, water-based activities such as surfing or boating, hunting, tramping, or other activities of that could put people in a position where they may require search and rescue services.”

 “Anyone with concerns about individuals or businesses breaching the Alert Level 4 restrictions can make a report online.”

Police have recorded a total of 583 breaches, with 74 prosecutions and 495 warnings issued since Alert Level 4 restrictions came into force.

Police encourage people to report non-emergency situations online at or call 111 if it’s an emergency.

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Breach of trust.

Posted on 13-04-2020 12:56 | By morepork

Normally, I’d say: "it’s not really hurting anyone and they are not real criminals, so probably a verbal warning..." But this is MUCH more serious than that. People who are SO contemptuous of the rest of the community, who put their own self-indulgence above the Law in a National Emergency, and continue to consider themselves SO important that the Law for the "masses" does not apply to them, should be jumped on hard. Confiscate their kayaks and impose a serious fine. If there are repeat offences, jail them. A man got 3 months for spitting at a policeman; these people are spitting at all of us.


Posted on 12-04-2020 16:48 | By overit

A boat was on the harbour yesterday!


Posted on 12-04-2020 08:55 | By Merlin

Please the rules are for everyone.