Two good things will hopefully come out of the lockdown for 6-year-old Jackson Hunter: his first tooth and a tree house.

On the first day of the lockdown, Jackson bit into a frozen mango; frozen because the family had run out of fridge space with a grocery shop in the lead-up to the four-week lockdown.

Being too eager to sink his teeth without giving the fruit time to defrost gave him his first wiggly tooth.

Though it was "just a bit wiggly", it was a little bit of excitement on an otherwise boring day.


He missed playing at school and being around his friends but was looking forward to a master building project: a tree house he would build with his dad and sister over the coming weeks.

His mother, Michele, said yesterday felt more like a weekend with everyone home and she was unsure of how the next four weeks would unfold.

The usually social mother-of-two owns motorhome business Roadlife with her husband Rhys and said the lack of social interaction would be testing.

The days leading up to the closure of everything except essential businesses were difficult for the business owners.

"Today feels like the weekend but there's that underlying feeling that this is going to go on for a month, which is quite daunting."

The social downsides of the lockdown were what she expected would be the most challenging and not being able to see the people she would "do life with on a regular basis".

But she had already been in talks with her friends about continuing their cook book club virtually.

The mums would get together once a month and bring a dish, potluck-style, that they made from a cook book for a time to "drink wine and eat good food", she said.


Though she was unable to be around her loved ones, Hunter noticed deeper connections and conversations with friends she may not have previously had time to follow up.