New Zealanders break lockdown in record numbers

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New Zealand police have been busy over the weekend as Kiwis break lockdown in record numbers on the eve of an announcement from the PM on restrictions easing.

On Monday Prime minister Jacinda Ardern will announce whether lockdown will effectively end, after 7 weeks of some of the strictest lockdown measures in the world confining Kiwis to their homes.

On Sunday police reported that 50 people breached Level 3 lockdown rules in 24 hours, including a family hosting a children’s birthday party, and a backyard church gathering.

Wellington City Council spokesman Richard MacLean told local media that capital city Wellington was “like rush hour” over the weekend, while the beach and walking tracks “have taken a hammering”.