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A prediction two northbound checkpoints between Auckland and Northland will only last a matter of days.
They'll begin operating from Wednesday and be run by police and Te Tai Tokerau Border control.
46 recruits will be deployed for one week, followed by 46 staff who've just graduated Police College the week after.
National's Police spokesperson Mark Mitchell told The Weekend Collective there's going to be a massive gridlock even if they only stop every fifth or sixth vehicle.
"Look, in my view, it's gonna be a mess, it's irresponsible and it'll fail and fall over within days."