Community leaders said they understood the frustration of Auckland being locked down, but called for people to focus on crushing the latest outbreak.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said a man made a mistake go to the gym while waiting for the results of the Covid-19 test.
Announcing the latest lockdown last night, he voiced frustration, but urged Kiwi not to embarrass the 21-year-old man who allegedly violated health advice.
Papatoetoe High School Principal Vaughan Couillault has been working on the repercussions of the recent cases over the past two weeks.
His school set up a testing station after the mid-February outbreak and his community is his home several locations of interest the place where the last case was visited.
Couillault today said the recent breach reports will irritate everyone who has adhered to the rules and protocol.
“That’s a large part of our community,” he told the Herald.
“That group of people is going to get frustrated, and frustrated for a variety of reasons.”
He said the disruption stems not only from an alleged violation of the Covid-19 guidelines, but from an admission of “how slippery this virus is”.
Auckland returns to its stricter coronavirus regime less than two weeks after a brief three-day “breaker” lockdown began on Valentine’s Day.
Couillault said that despite this, Kiwis must move forward and focus on doing the right thing for themselves and the wider community.
He agreed with the Prime Minister that while the frustration is understandable, attacking the latest case has not helped.
“The energy you spend giving your opinion on something that happened is a bit of a waste of energy.”
Neighborhood council member Manukau Efeso Collins told Newstalk ZB that the community is frustrated and also faces conspiracy theory issues and misinformation.
“Sometimes you’ll have a brother, sister, aunt or uncle littering.”
He said that despite the unhappiness of the latest cases, people should concentrate on education and reuniting those who made mistakes.
South Auckland has faced a lot of criticism in previous outbreaks, Collins said, and the community knows the whole country is watching.
He said local residents, including young people, had worked hard to comply with health regulations and advice.
“We didn’t just do it for ourselves and for our own whānau. We did it for the wider Aotearoa nation.”
Collins told ZB challenges arise from poverty and a lack of official information distributed to homes where English is not the first language.
He said community leaders, some church leaders and social institutions had tried to educate citizens where the central government’s message was not getting through.
The councilor said information should be shared in multiple languages including Samoan, Tonga and Hindi, which are widely spoken locally.
Collins is also concerned about misinformation.
“We are all now going to be locked up at home with people who believe in conspiracy theories, who will convey their message.”
That will spark tension in some homes, Collins said.
He called for patience and people to guard against complacency.
Collins said many New Zealanders would probably now accept that Auckland, where the outbreak recently emerged, should be prioritized for vaccinations.
The city is also the main entrance for people coming from abroad.
Some people on social media voiced sympathy, but others expressed derision after reports of someone ignoring instructions to stay home while waiting for test results.
“I think the kid will fully realize the consequences now. He’s going to be through quite a bit in the coming days,” one Twitter user responded to a question from former broadcaster Rawdon Christie.
Other people online have embraced the “naturally I finished my set” meme to interpret recent events.
The phrase is attributed to New Zealander Cameron Leslie, who was in Norway during the 2011 Oslo bombings.
Describing TV3’s Campbell Live show, he said he was finished his gym workout despite the attacks.
Leslie apologizes but the line is used in the marketing of Mr Vintage and Tui’s beer, which Leslie disapproves of.