Tuesday, 14 December 2021 - 5:15pm |
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Police updates on Auckland and Northland checkpoints

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Over 2 million vehicles stopped at Auckland boundary checkpoints

For 100 days Police and Defence Force staff and iwi volunteers have been at the frontline of the checkpoints north and south of Auckland engaging with drivers and ensuring compliance with the Health Orders in place.

Since 6 September over 2.1million vehicles have been stopped at the checkpoints and in general compliance has been very high with only 0.9% of vehicles turned around because those travelling did not meet the requirements.

Additional to the 2.1million vehicles, since 17 September staff at the checkpoints have also stopped over 140,000 heavy vehicles with 1.8% turned around for non-compliance.    

With the change to the boundary settings in Auckland the checkpoints will be removed from midnight tonight.

“It has been a long three months for our staff working at the checkpoints, working at times in some very tough conditions.  They have played an important role in keeping our communities safe in a pandemic environment and helping to stop the spread of COVID-19,” said Assistant Commissioner Richard Chambers.

Police officers from across Tāmaki Makaurau have worked on the checkpoints and these numbers have been boosted by additional officers from around the country.

“I would like to thank and acknowledge all staff who have worked at the checkpoints and also recognise those travelling for their patience while documentation was checked.”

The disestablishment of the north and south boundary checkpoints will occur tonight and it is expected to take a few hours. Those keen to leave the city at midnight can expect delays.

We will have a number of staff in the area keeping an eye on traffic and making sure everyone is safe on our roads.

Once the checkpoints lift, random spot checks will be in place at both the north and south exits of Auckland, and Waikato Police District is ready to do the same.

Northland Community Compliance Checkpoints

Community Compliance Checkpoints in Northland will be set up at two locations when the new COVID-19 Protection Framework (traffic light system) comes into effect at 11.59pm tonight.

While the new traffic light system provides for more freedoms, the Health Order requires people travelling from Auckland to other regions, to be either fully vaccinated or have evidence of a negative Covid test within the preceding 72 hours.

Northland locals and residents travelling from regions outside of Auckland may be asked to show proof of address.

The checkpoints will be located in Uretiti on SH1 and on SH12 at Maungaturoto from 11.59pm Tuesday 14 December and will be for north-bound traffic only.

Police and Waka Kotahi will have traffic management plans in place to move traffic through the checkpoints as efficiently as possible however there may be delays so please factor this into your travel plans.

Police staff from within and outside Northland district, will manage the checkpoints with support from police recruits from the Royal New Zealand Police College, and Iwi representatives.

Iwi representatives volunteering at the checkpoints have been police vetted, and provided with training on their roles.

The Community Compliance checkpoints have been established following concerns from Iwi leaders about the potential risk of Covid-19 having a particularly harsh impact on their vulnerable communities.

“Following discussion with iwi, we have determined that the fixed checkpoints and spot checks, provide an appropriate level of reassurance to keep both locals and visitors safe,” said Northland District Commander Superintendent Tony Hill.

Visitors to Northland will be reminded of the travel restrictions and checks will be made that the restrictions are being adhered to. We will also be engaging with visitors to  remind them of the ways they can keep themselves and their regional hosts safe – vaccination, face coverings and scanning.

The Community Compliance Checkpoints are Police-led. Only Police have the power to stop vehicles and issue infringement notices.

Our staff will work closely with volunteers to ensure traffic flows as smoothly as possible. This will mean that not every vehicle will be checked, but motorists should plan ahead and ensure they have the right documentation ready to show our staff.
Delivery trucks and service vehicles will be waived through the checkpoints to keep queues to a minimum.

The Community Compliance Checkpoints will be in place for a short time when the bulk of travel is expected to occur, and will be swapped out with spot checks and reassurance visits.

It is important to remember the pandemic is not over, and we are migrating to a new process that will require patience and understanding from everyone.


Issued by Police Media Centre