New Zealanders Attend Largest Concert Since Pandemic Began
New Zealanders headed to a concert in their thousands over the weekend as the country makes the most of how it handled the coronavirus pandemic.
Crowds gathered in Waitangi for the biggest outdoor show since the pandemic began and, although Brits will no doubt feel very envious looking at the photos, it does give us all a bit of hope about what we've got to look forward to in the future.
Six60 Saturdays is a six-date nationwide tour for the band, which will also head to Christchurch, Hastings, New Plymouth, Hamilton and Wellington.
Speaking to the Northern Advocate, Six60 lead singer Matiu Walters said: "There's so much uncertainty at the moment and it's difficult to make long term plans, but regardless of that we're always trying to put on our best performance, which is why we put so much into our rehearsals.
"Being here and able to get together while the rest of the world basically can't has really given us a good appreciation of how well our country has done in managing Covid and just how lucky we are.
"I feel really proud that we have got our act together so well on Covid."
New Zealand and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern have been commended for how the pandemic was handled.
The country closed its boarders back in March and required all people flying in to the country to be screened and quarantined for 14 days.
They also introduced a strict lockdown for several weeks.
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And it's paid off as now, almost a year on, Kiwis have been able to lower the alert level to one.
New Zealand residents don't need to follow social distancing, but are urged to wear face mask on public transport.
In Auckland, face masks are legally required on public transport.
As of 15 January, New Zealand had just 76 active cases, which are either imported cases or isolated local cases.
In total, the country has had just 2,246 cases since the outbreak started and 25 deaths.
Speaking back in April, Arden said: "Elimination means we may well reach zero but we may well then have small numbers of cases coming up again.
"That doesn't mean we have failed, it just means that we are in the position to have that zero tolerance approach to have a very aggressive management of those cases and keep those numbers low and fading out again."
Kiwis were also able to enjoy a far more traditional New Year's Eve than those in other countries, with hundreds heading out to Auckland to enjoy the fireworks and say 'see ya later' to 2020.
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Topics: New Zealand
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