Cattle attempt stampede through Auckland border

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Police staff had a surprise on Friday when some local four-legged residents decided they wanted to try to breach the strict border restrictions.

"Forty cattle stampeded from a paddock onto Mercer Ferry Road before Police staff managed to herd them onto Orams Road," says a Police spokesperson.

"The cattle soon realised the grass was not greener on the other side and started to head back to their own property facilitated by Police, Defence Force staff and the farmer at the property.

"Police decided to let the cattle off with a warning on this occasion."

Police also found themselves dealing with a rogue tornado that tossed road cones around on Friday night.

"Wild weather in Auckland last night saw a mini tornado on State Highway 1 knock over nearly every road cone," says a Police spokesperson.

"We want to acknowledge our officers and partners who are working in some pretty wet and windy conditions."

Since Alert Level 4 came into place, in Auckland 61 people have been charged with a total of 65 offences as at 5pm on Friday.

Of these, 51 were for Failing to Comply with Order (COVID-19), 11 for Failure to Comply with Direction/Prohibition/Restriction, one for Failing to Stop (Covid 19-related), and two for Assaults/Threatens/Hinders/Obstructs Enforcement Officer.

In the same time period, 141 people were formally warned for a range of offences.

To date, Police have received a total of 7,331 105-online breach notifications relating to businesses, mass gatherings or people in Auckland also known as Tāmaki Makaurau.

Around a third are in relation to businesses and 60 percent are in relation to mass gatherings.


The next available data for the checkpoints will be on Monday but Police can confirm the numbers remain low through the checkpoints and only a small number of vehicles are continuing to be turned around.

"This shows our community is overall following the rules and ensuring they have the correct documentation ready to show our staff on the checkpoints," says a Police spokesperson.

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Posted on 13-09-2021 22:20 | By morepork

... being a Policeman is a cow of a job...

Te Reo week.

Posted on 13-09-2021 22:19 | By morepork

I’m all in favor of promoting te reo, provided it is not made mandatory in schools. We should be encouraging the use of it, not bullying people into using it. I speak 4 languages and am a little ashamed that Maori is not one of them. I am working to fix that and slowly making progress. I disagree that if you are not pronouncing it properly you should not speak it. ALL foreign languages start off with a heavy accent and frequent mispronunciations. As confidence, experience and knowledge grows, so the pronunciation improves. The important thing is to WANT to improve it. I see Maoritanga as part of MY culture as a Kiwi and I want to learn the language, not for any trendy fashion, or social snobbery, but just as part of my general culture. Besides, it’s good to know what they are saying about you... :-)


Posted on 13-09-2021 11:47 | By

I always thought Tamaki-Makauru was from East Tamaki to Manukau or somewhere in-between. Why are we suddenly changing common place names to a language that most of New Zealand don’t understand. If it’s PC then is English not PC as well? I was told if you cannot pronounce it correctly then do not use it. R.Bell who regularly comments here agreed we should not use it if we cannot pronounce it (so I’m not sure how we’re supposed to learn it), but if most of NZ cannot understand it OR pronounce it then use both. This is the first time I have heard that Auckland is also known as Tamaki-Makauru.

What's in a name?

Posted on 12-09-2021 11:56 | By morepork

Auckland? Tamaki makauru? Do they have to be mutually exclusive? I’m in favor of people using whatever they feel comfortable with in conversation, AS LONG AS everybody knows what is being referenced. When it comes to writing, things are a little different. Good journalistic practice requires that in a bilingual piece the FIRST USE of a foreign name is "explained" ... "we live in Tamaki Makauru (Auckland)...", "He said he came from Praha (Prague)..." That is common courtesy and keeps everybody on the same page. We live in a diverse country; people should be able to use what is familiar to them.


Posted on 11-09-2021 18:26 | By

And should be as well for no other reason than in my sixty four years I have never heard anybody in the flesh call it other than Auckland, only tv newsreaders etc


Posted on 11-09-2021 15:06 | By dumbkof2

i just checked the map and noticed it is still called auckland not tamaki makaurau