Jacinda Ardern announces that NZ will stay at alert level 4 until midnight Tuesday.
Police said they are maintaining a policy of high visibility during the lockdown restrictions and are conducting thousands of patrols nationwide.
Four people were arrested in Northland in two separate incidents over the weekend, after police investigating potential breaches of level 4 restrictions found evidence of alleged criminal offending. The four people will appear in court on drug-related charges.
Meanwhile, four others have appeared in Auckland District Court, charged with offences ranging from coughing purposefully in the face of an authorised officer and attending anti-lockdown protests.
Police Commissioner Andrew Coster said police had made more than 4000 reassurance visits to essential facilities and more than 6000 directed patrols since the lockdown began.
In Whangamatā, Coster said, police had to remind a steady flow of people that the fine weather was not an invitation to take a Sunday drive to the beach or do a recycling drop-off at the local transfer station.
“As a result, we have issued a number of formal warnings.”
In Taupō, a mountain biker who fell on a bike track had to be winched out by rescue helicopter and taken to hospital.
“Police will be speaking to the biker at a later date and enforcement action for breaching restrictions will be considered,” Coster said.
As of 5pm Sunday, 29 people had been charged with a total of 33 offences nationwide since alert level 4 began.
These arrests were primarily the result of protest activity, Coster said.
“Of the 33 charges filed, 16 are for failing to comply with order (Covid-19), 12 for failure to comply with direction/prohibition/restriction and five for Health Act breaches.”
In the same period, 85 people were issued with formal warnings.
Thirty-two of the formal warnings were for failing to comply with order (Covid-19), 21 for failure to comply with direction/prohibition/restriction and 32 for Health Act breaches.
Police had received a total of 5848 online breach notifications – 3526 about a gathering, 1788 about a business, and 534 about an individual.
In addition, 4110 Covid-19 related calls were made to the 105 phone line.
The majority were requests for information and 1212 were to report perceived Covid-19 breaches.
From August 19, police began issuing infringement notices for Covid-19 related breaches and, as at 5pm on Sunday, had issued 365 infringement notices nationwide:
• Failure to remain at home – 328
• Failure to wear a face covering – 15
• Failure to comply with physical distancing rule – 13
• Obstruct/hinder medical officer of health or person assisting medical officer – 6
• Failure to wear a face covering on public transport – 2
• Person in control of premises failed to close as required – 1.
On Monday, Emmanual Haerewa, 22, appeared via an audio-visual link at Auckland District Court charged with breaching lockdown rules by coughing purposefully in the face of an authorised officer, knowing this could endanger their health.
Judge Grant Fraser remanded him in custody to appear back in court on Thursday.
Amigo Jacobi Sinclair-Beere, 29, was charged with intentionally failing to comply with lockdown rules by being outside his home for non-essential purposes, and being in possession of a knife.
He has been remanded in custody to next appear on September 13.
Two women who were arrested and charged when police broke up a planned protest in Aotea Square on Saturday will appear in court on the charges they face next month.
About 30 people had turned up to protest the alert level 4 lockdown and were turned away.
At Piha on Monday, on Auckland’s west coast, seven surfers were also seen on Monday very close to each other, despite lockdown rules.
A spokesman said the police were not immediately aware of any reports relating to surfers at Piha.
“However, police would like to remind the public that enforcement action will be considered for those found to be intentionally breaching the current restrictions in place.
“This includes restrictions on any water-based activities. Taking part in these activities put unnecessary risks on the person themselves as well as emergency service staff.”
The spokesman said there had been a police presence at West Coast Beaches on Monday, including Muriwai Beach where different fishermen were spoken to.
“As part of that one man was issued with an infringement notice for a breach of alert level 4 restrictions,” he said.