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Life in lockdown, Round Two – Day 2 – REVISED

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19 August: Day 2 of living in lock-down…

Day’s beginning.

Current covid19 cases: 10

Cases in ICU: –

Number of deaths: –

Traffic today seemed marginally lighter than yesterday, with not as many obvious “tradies” on the road. The nearby railway station park-n-ride had the same number of cars as yesterday (around half a dozen).

It was a much brighter, sunnier day than yesterday and people were out and about in my suburb walking with family and dogs. Mask-wearing was not much evident.

On SH2 “River Road”, traffic was lighter than yesterday, about 6 or 8 cars visible at any time. Unlike yesterday most of the vehicles were domestic rather than commercial.

Commercial vehicles sighted; two “Traffic Management” light-arrow trucks, complete with dozens of orange cones; a “Crest Clean” van; “Silbury Roofing” ute; “First Security” hatchback; “Waste Management” truck; “Apparel Line NZ Ltd”; ute marked “Hunt”; a ute towing a bobcat; “Posthaste” courier van; a police car; “NZ Post” courier; van marked “Flooring Design”; van marked “Wellington Waterways”; container truck; a ute marked “Site Care”; a flat-deck truck carrying an over-size tractor; van marked “Chorus”; a drain-cleaning light truck; SUV marked “Collective First National” real estate; a gravel bearing truck marked “Horokiwi”; a tow-wagon carrying a ute; vabn marked “Marshall Batteries”; “HydroTech” truck; “Envirowaste” truck; another “Waste management” truck; another “Envirowaste” truck; “Allied Petroleum” double-tandem tanker-truck; “Monk Appliances” black van; ambulance past Aotea Quay; a black van marked “Plumb 2 Please”; another ambulance heading north through the Terrace Tunnel

At Petone, track building operations had ceased. Heavy construction vehicles were abandoned with no crew about.

At the automated BP Service station on SH2 there were workmen and heavy-work vehicles continuing their construction/maintenance project from yesterday.

At the Ngauranga interchange there were about ten to twelve vehicles visible in either direction. It was definitely busier than last years lockdown.

Out in the harbour, two freighters were anchored on the open water. (Later, that night, only one remained on open water.)

South of Ngauranga, a white campervan was heading north. Another person taking the opportunity to treat lockdown as a personal opportunity for impromptu holiday-time?

In Wellington, the streets were more deserted than yesterday and in the commercial/shopping precincts, most wwere wearing face-masks.

Taranaki Street, looking north:

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Taranaki Street, looking south:

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In Dixon Street, four commercial/service vehicles marked “Vital” were carrying out work:

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One of the vehicles was a ‘cherry picker’. Were they doing work on the power or phone lines? Was it essential – “vital” – work?

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More workmen.

This time outside Te Papa Museum, in Cable Street. Around five men were busily erecting/dis-assembling the white marquee pictured below.

Only half appeared to be wearing face-masks. How is erecting/disassembling a marquee “essential” work?

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A Fulton Hogan truck and ute towing a portacabin, that appeared connected to work being carried out on the marquee:

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Ute towing portacabin:

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Around the bays; Oriental Bay and then Evans Bay; there were considerable numbers of people walking in the sun; families; and plenty of joggers. Not many were masked-up. Two mask wearers wore them inappropriately; one under the nose; the under his chin. (His chin was safe from Delta Covid, no doubt.)

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At the Evans Bay Marina campervan facility, things had changed.

Western end of the carpark:

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Compare todays photo (left) with yesterdays (right). Spot the difference?

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Southern side of the carpark:

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Compare todays photo (left) with yesterdays (right). Spot the difference?

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Northern side of carpark:

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Compare todays photo (left) with yesterdays (right). Spot the difference?

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Out on the street:

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Compare todays photo (left) with yesterdays (right). Spot the difference?

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From my observations, people were making the most of the fine day to either walk about; go jogging; carry out commercial – and possibly non-essential – work; or take campervans out for a tour.

You wouldn’t think there’s a pandemic and we’re currently facing dire consequences from the highly transmissable and deadly Delta variant.

Traffic later in the night was practically non-existent, with no vehicles near the airport or Cobham Drive when this blogger drove through just after 8pm.

The night-time drive home though wasn’t much better, with road works on SH2 opposite the Melling Railway station. The vehicles appeared to have “Fulton Hogan” brandings. How “essential” are roadworks during a pandemic lockdown?

When – not if – Delta Covid arrives in Wellington, it has to be hoped that Wellingtonians lift their game. If current behaviour persists, the virus will rip through this city.

Meanwhile, on a Black Humour Note.

By the way, is anyone still interested in signing this petition?

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Asking for a virus, keen to know.

But for the most supreme irony of the year, take a closer look. Look at the heading “National launches trans-Tasman bubble petition“.

Then look at the red-bannered message above:

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A rather unfortunate juxtaposition?

By Day’s End.

Current covid19 cases: 21

Cases in ICU: –

Number of deaths: –

So ended the second day of our journey to beat this thing.

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References

RNZ: NZ in day two of lockdown as case numbers rise

RNZ: Covid-19 update -11 new community cases and 8 in managed isolation

National Party: National launches trans-Tasman bubble petition

Twitter: @BMHayward – Sth Island lockdown – Sydney – 6.03PM Aug 18 2021

Previous related blogposts

Team 5 million vs Covid: Aotearoa on Three Strikes

Life in lockdown, Round Two – Day 1

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Acknowledgement: Bill Bramhall (USA)

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  1. Patrick O'Dea
    20 August 2021 at 7:51 pm

    Hi Frank, couldn’t share your post to facebook.

    Did you say something mean about the National Party?

    “Your message couldn’t be sent because it includes content that other people on Facebook have reported as abusive.”

    • 20 August 2021 at 9:20 pm

      Hi Patrick, yes, reported on National’s petition to open a TT with Austyralia. That’s about it. So National/ACT operatives have complained about my blogpost?

      Wow, outstanding! I’m having an effect!

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