“The worst thing about the covid crisis in NZ?
The whingers fixated on uncertainty” Day 1 of our new Level 4 Lockdown here in Aotearoa, the delta variant has made it to our shores and already people are panic buying and rushing down to catch the last few minutes of our beloved liquor stores. When I found out that we are going to be going into another lockdown, a sense of relief came over me. I felt relieved because I know that our country will do it’s best to keep our team of 5 million at home and safe. I felt relieved because we will still have access to medical care, food, and water. I felt relieved because while we all get to sit in the comfort of our own homes for the next 3 days yet in places like Afghanistan, they aren’t so lucky, there are people in fear of their lives, jumping on planes so they can get out of the country and children & families crying for help on the street.
Now that we are a couple of hours into lockdown, I cant help but cringe at the amount of people that are travelling to their holiday homes in small towns where the access to food and resources are already very limited, the people who are complaining about the long lines at the supermarket, people complaining that they can’t go down the road to see their whānau yet there are people who have been waiting since the first lockdown to see their whānau in countries that have it way worse than us right now. We should all feel very lucky that lockdown is not a norm for us here and we should all be doing our best to protect ourselves and our whānau from this outbreak.
This isn’t the first time this has happened to us and may not be the last but if we take a lesson out of our last level 4 lockdown book, the best thing to do right now is to stay home, focus on you and you loved ones to protect us all form this deadly virus. Be kind to our essential workers and remember our kaumātua and our babies should be at the forefront of our minds during this pandemic as they are our most vulnerable. We aren’t in Australia where the virus is un-controllable, and we aren’t in Kabul where people are risking their lives to get out of our home country, and we don’t have wildfires spreading here like they are in Algeria, Turkey, and Greece. We are in one of the safest countries in the world right now.
The most helpful thing you can do for you, your whānau and Aotearoa right now is to stay home, stay safe and save lives.