Coronavirus: NZ to remain at alert level 2, while Auckland and Waikato remain at level 3

Publish Date
Monday, 18 October 2021, 4:10PM

The Prime Minister has revealed Auckland and parts of Waikato (Raglan, Te Kauwhata, Ngaruawahia, Hamilton city, Huntly, Te Kuiti, Waipa, Ōtorohanga, Te Awamutu, Karapiro and Cambridge) will remain at alert level 3.

Auckland will remain at alert level 3 for two weeks.

Waikato's alert level will be reviewed again on Friday 22 October.

Northland will move to alert level 2 at 11.59pm on Tuesday 19 October.

The rest of New Zealand will remain at alert level 2.

Jacinda Ardern previously promised a three-step plan to end Covid restrictions in Auckland.

People are now able to connect with loved ones OUTDOORS, with no more than two households at a time, up to a maximum of 10 people; early childhood education will return for all; and people can move around Auckland for recreation such as beach visits and hunting.

• 95-year-old Kiwi man reflects on epidemics New Zealand has survived before
• It turns out there's a simple scanning hack for the NZ Covid tracer app and here's how to do it ...

The second step will allow more retail to open, under a hybrid level 2. While the final step would be similar to what is currently known as "delta level 2".

Cabinet met this afternoon to decide on any alert level changes, as 60 new community cases were announced.

The total number of cases in this community outbreak is 2,005.

For more information visit