People canoeing despite lockdown rules
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 www.police.govt.nz/105support or call 111 if it’s an emergency.