High-profile Aucklander allegedly breached Covid rules, police investigating

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Otago Daily Times,
Publish Date
Sat, 18 Sep 2021, 9:37AM

High-profile Aucklander allegedly breached Covid rules, police investigating

Author
Otago Daily Times,
Publish Date
Sat, 18 Sep 2021, 9:37AM

Police are investigating yet another Covid-19 breach, this time a high-profile Aucklander who allegedly crossed the alert level 4 boundary and travelled to Queenstown. 

In a statement, a police media spokeswoman said they were aware of the complaint. 

''Police are following up with the person involved to determine if any breach of the Health Act has occurred.'' 

The Otago Daily Times was contacted yesterday morning by a person who wished to remain anonymous. 

The person alleged the Aucklander had attended a gathering in the resort last weekend and had holed up at a Queenstown Airbnb property. 

The person further alleged the Aucklander had been spending time with two other Queenstown residents, not isolating. 

No further information was available yesterday. 

Todays 8am locations of interest update showed 141 events involving 98 locations. The changes were: 

Z Central Parade Mount Maunganui, September 11, 10:10am-11:30am 

Z Central Parade Mount Maunganui September 14, 9:55am-11:15am 

Chemist Warehouse Ronwood Centre, September 15, 2:07pm-3:07pm 

Blue Sea Laundromat Manukau September 16, 3pm-5pm. 

Queenstown-Lakes area residents were alarmed earlier this week when it emerged a couple from Auckland had travelled to Queenstown last weekend then drove to Wanaka to go skiing. 

Police allege the couple, Williams Willis (35) and Hannah Rawnsley (26), used essential worker exemptions to leave Auckland and went to Hamilton Airport, where they caught a commercial flight to Queenstown and then drove a rental car to a holiday home in Wanaka. 

In the week since police approached the couple, it has become the highest-profile Covid-19 lockdown breach allegation of Auckland's nearly month-long Delta strain outbreak.