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Kia ora neighbours, shoppers are being asked not to panic-buy as queues build ahead of the country going into alert level 3 lockdown.
Outside supermarkets across the city, queues of shoppers snaked into carparks, and some shops had to close early on Tuesday night after being inundated.
After 102 days without community transmission in New Zealand, there are now four new cases of Covid-19.
The source of the four new cases, which are based in south Auckland, has not yet been identified.
In an urgent press conference on Tuesday night, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced a three-day level 3 lockdown of the Auckland region, and urged anyone who is unwell to seek health advice and get a test. The rest of the country moves to level 2.
Click here to find out what we know so far about what the lockdown from midday today means for Auckland.
Kia ora neighbours, a host of events have been cancelled due to the latest coronavirus cases.
We Heart Aotearoa - organised to celebrate our “team of five million’s efforts so far” - has been cancelled this weekend.
“We look forward to rescheduling We Love Aotearoa and celebrating New Zealand’s success yet again. Kia kaha and much aroha to all," the event founder said.
Read more below.