Anti-lockdown protestor due in court today
A woman arrested after an anti-lockdown protest in Tauranga last week is scheduled to appear in court today.
The 56-year-old woman is facing two charges in relation to the incident last Wednesday.
She was one of four people arrested after staging a protest outside the Tauranga Central Police Station.
The other three people arrested were released after being issued with formal warnings.
The protest occurred on the first day of New Zealand’s return to Alert Level 4 restrictions after community cases of Covid-19 were discovered in Auckland. Cases have since been discovered in Wellington.
She faces charges of failing to comply with a Covid-19 order and is also facing a charge for an alleged breach of the Health Act 1956, says a police spokesperson.
The woman is one of a number of people arrested and charged since the start of New Zealand’s latest nationwide lockdown.
Two people have been charged in Northland, three people in Auckland and three in Canterbury, with the majority of offences relating to protest activity, according to a police spokesperson.