Police presence is increasing in Kaitaia after concerns were raised over the town's ''disappointing'' actions under the national lockdown.

On Wednesday, Kaitaia doctor Lance O'Sullivan posted a video of a busy street of New Zealand's northernmost town, saying: "This is not a lockdown, this is a joke!".

Posted by Lance OSullivan on Tuesday, 31 March 2020

The scenes, which showed a number of cars driving down the street, prompted outgoing Police Commissioner Mike Bush to confirm more police resources would travel to Kaitaia to help ensure lockdown rules were followed.

Outgoing Police Commissioner Mike Bush confirmed Kaitaia would receive an increased police presence. Photo / File
Outgoing Police Commissioner Mike Bush confirmed Kaitaia would receive an increased police presence. Photo / File

Under current restrictions, extensive travel was only permitted for people working in essential services and those people using essential services. Leaving your house on foot or bike had been allowed as long as people kept their excursions local.

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Superintendent Tony Hill, Northland Police's district commander, said the number of people out and about in Kaitaia's town centre in recent days was disappointing and unacceptable.

"It is clear that there are a number of people who are leaving their homes for non-essential purposes and failing to follow the restrictions in place," he said.

"We don't want to be arresting people for not complying, however further enforcement action may be taken against those who are repeatedly refusing to comply with the restrictions."

Police could not confirm how many staff members had been sent to Kaitaia or what the new total number of police staff was in Kaitaia. Hill said police officers would be educating and encouraging people to comply with the restrictions.

Kaitaia will see more police in the area after concerns were raised regarding the town's response to Covid-19 lockdown rules. Photo / File
Kaitaia will see more police in the area after concerns were raised regarding the town's response to Covid-19 lockdown rules. Photo / File

That came as Northland registered no further Covid-19 cases, keeping the region's tally at 11 - 10 confirmed and one probable. One of the 10 confirmed cases had recovered.

Case 1 (RECOVERED): Male, 20s. Departed Paris on flight EY38 to Abu Dhabi on March 14, then to Sydney on flight EY450 and then to Auckland on VA0141, arriving on March 16
Case 2: Female, 40s. Departed Melbourne on flight JQ217 to Auckland on March 15
Case 3: Female, 50s. Departed UK on flight EK38 to Dubai on March 19. Departed Dubai on flight EK448 for Auckland on March 21 (recovering in Whangarei hospital as of 26/3)
Case 4: Male, 60s. Departed Los Angeles on flight NZ1 on March 23 and arrived in Auckland on March 24
Case 5: Female, 20s. Departed Dubai on flight EK448 on March 19
Case 6: Female, 20s. Departed Dubai on flight EK448 and arrived in New Zealand on March 24
Case 7: Female, 60s (probable). Travelled from the United States out of LAX on March 18 and arrived in New Zealand on March 19.
Case 8: Female, 40s
Case 9: Female, 20s. Departed Canada on flight GB615 on March 23 and arrived in New Zealand on the same date.
Case 10: Male, 50s. Departed United States and arrived in New Zealand on March 22.
Case 11: Female, 30s.

The Northland District Health Board confirmed one case had been discharged from Whangārei Hospital yesterday morning and there were no other cases in hospital. Nine cases were in self-isolation at their homes.

It also confirmed more than100 people were tested across Northland's seven community-based assessment centres on Wednesday and expected similar numbers for yesterday. Of the 11 Northland cases, five had been tested at these centres.

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Whangārei's testing centre after the testing criteria was widened on Tuesday. Photo / Mike Dinsdale
Whangārei's testing centre after the testing criteria was widened on Tuesday. Photo / Mike Dinsdale

As announced by Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield, New Zealand had its highest number of new cases in one day with 89 (76 confirmed, 13 probable) as at 9am yesterday.

New Zealand's combined total was 797 cases, including 92 which had recovered. Bloomfield said 51 per cent of cases related to travel, 31 per cent related to confirmed cases and 17 per cent were still being investigated.

Bloomfield said he expected many cases in that 17 per cent to be community transmission. On Wednesday, 2563 tests were processed to take the national total to over 26,000 test from eight labs, which would increase to 10 next week.

Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield announced what he believed to be New Zealand's highest number of new cases in one day yesterday. Photo / File
Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield announced what he believed to be New Zealand's highest number of new cases in one day yesterday. Photo / File

Bloomfield identified the district health boards with the most Covid-19 cases to be Southern (most coming from Queenstown), Waikato, Auckland and Waitemata.

Covid19.govt.nz: The Government's official Covid-19 advisory website

In a shock move yesterday, Bauer Media NZ confirmed it would end the publication of a range of New Zealand magazines including Woman's Day, New Zealand Woman's Weekly, The Australian Women's Weekly, the Listener, North & South, Next, Metro, Kia Ora, Home NZ and Your Home & Garden.

In her daily press conference, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern strongly rejected the idea the Government's actions caused Bauer to close its doors.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern hit back at critics claiming the Government was responsible for the closure of Bauer Media NZ. Photo / File
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern hit back at critics claiming the Government was responsible for the closure of Bauer Media NZ. Photo / File

Ardern said within days of the lockdown announcement, Bauer contacted the Government but did not express interest in being classed as an essential service or accepting the wage subsidy, she said.

"I reject any suggestion that Covid-19 and our response to it has caused [Bauer] to shut their printing press, but I deeply regret that they have," Ardern said.

"In my view, they should have taken [the Government support] up and kept going."

As private media companies feel the pinch of declining advertising revenue, Minister of Finance Grant Robertson said the Government understood New Zealand needed more than just state-funded media institutions.

He confirmed Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Kris Faafoi had been in regular contact with media companies to find a solution.