Election campaigning suspended

Photo: RNZ
Photo: RNZ
Election campaigning has ground to a halt after a family caught Covid-19 from an unknown source.

Auckland is going into level 3 lockdown today for the next three days.

As a result, political party's are rushing to cancel events both inside and outside the super city.

Labour leader Jacinda Ardern said she would likely be based in Wellington for at least the next three days.

Meanwhile, National has cancelled all of today's campaign events and leader Judith Collins said a lot of work would need to be done over the coming days to figure out exactly what this latest case of community transmission will mean for the country.

"New Zealanders can be assured that National will be seeking an explanation and clear answers about the situation we now find ourselves in," she said.

Collins called on New Zealanders to follow the advice of health officials and do their part to stamp out the latest case of Covid-19 community.

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters was due to be campaigning in Levin and Masterton today, but Peters said "regrettably in these circumstances NZ First's campaign has been temporarily suspended".

The Green Party has suspended in-person campaigning subject to health advice.

And the ACT Party will meet today to discuss the future of its campaign.

ACT leader David Seymour said there would be enough time to ask why this had happened later, but right now the goal was to get on top of it before there was loss of life or further loss of livelihoods.

"As with the last lockdown, we all need to do the right thing to beat the virus as quickly as possible.

"We also need the government to play an effective, transparent and competent role."

Seymour said the government must be 100 percent open and transparent about all of the data, the options and the decision-making process.

"We have to hope that the government has made real progress in its preparedness to test and trace, we cannot afford for the initial three days to turn into a lockdown without end," he said.

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