Saturday, December 4

Covid-19: North Shore party apparently violates ‘thoughtless and stupid’ rules


Police have received multiple complaints after a video was posted online showing people apparently partying at a North Shore home.

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Images have been circulating on Instagram of the event attended by dozens of young adults who appeared to be disobeying Covid-19 restrictions.

A party goer posted that attending the party and breaking the rules was “a huge regret” and a “selfish” and “stupid” decision.

Approximately 2,000 people attended a protest rally against the blockade in Auckland’s domain on Saturday.

Decreased compliance has been a growing concern in this Delta outbreak, and the government has blamed it for the increase in cases.

Albany Ward Councilman John Watson said the party believed to be in Redvale had angered people in light of the sacrifices everyone had been making.

“I think it’s kind of a finger salute to the community as a whole.”

The loud reaction once the video emerged was understandable, as it was potentially a super broadcaster event, he said.

“They’re really upset that people can be so thoughtless and stupid to do something like this at this stage.”

The expectation is that the police carry out an investigation, otherwise it would be a terrible example for the rest of the community.

Police have said they have no further comment at this time.

Although he didn’t think it was a political statement, Watson said it went beyond people being tired of the restrictions. “I don’t think there is much sympathy for the ‘we’re getting tired of the confinement’ routine.”

Psychologist Jacqui Maguire said there was a high level of compliance last year when people took to the message of following the guidelines to protect family and community members.

“While in 2020 people might have been very scared for their own health, now we can have a large proportion of the population saying ‘I’ve done my bit and I’m vaccinated and therefore I’ll be fine.’

Maguire said that behavioral psychology and motivation psychology show that people’s self-interest often comes first.

“When we think about the longevity of the restrictions, there is no clear plan for some people,” he said, and those who are vaccinated will feel that they are potentially in the restrictions for those who are not.

Psychologically, people were looking for some benefit for having done what was asked of them, such as a relaxation of the restrictions and clarity on the way out of the confinement.

“The behavior works in a risk-benefit analysis … From that point of view of self-interest we know is where people often come from, what are the benefits of adhering to the rules because the risk now of personal illness or impacts of the disease has decreased in people, so the risk has decreased. “

“The real benefit will really be when New Zealand will start opening up again and when we will regain our freedoms.

“That’s a really good balance that the government will have to manage.”

He said the anti-lockdown protests were more a case of political ideology, and the US research suggested that opinion was more aligned with right-wing attitudes about social norms and was from those who were least open to take action for others.

Chief Health Officer Dr Ashley Bloomfield says people who disobey lockdown restrictions must be very disappointing to Auckland residents who had been working the hard yards.

He told Morning Report that there was no question that people were getting tired of the situation, and that was understandable.

“But there is a difference between being tired and inadvertent rule violations at alert level 3, and something that blatantly flouts that.

“I think people are a little upset about it.”


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