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There's concern Auckland has to wait longer at the red light.
Tamaki Makaurau will move to orange under the Covid-19 Protection Framework at midnight on December 30.
So will every other region in red, except Northland.
Heart of the City CEO, Viv Beck, told Tim Dower going into orange at New Year's Eve will make a difference.
“It certainly will give more confidence to visitors, so that’s a positive thing. But I’m still really concerned about another two and a half weeks at red and the impact of that.”