Port Waikato residents now included in Auckland’s Alert Level 3 border

Port Waikato will now be included in Auckland’s Alert Level 3 border, meaning residents won’t have to drive 90 minutes to get their shopping. 

The Beach at Port Waikato (file picture). Source:

Local MP Andrew Bayly confirmed the news with the Minister of Police Poto Williams late last night. 

“This means you can go to work and supermarket in Tūākau/Pukekohe. A much better outcome,” the National MP said in a Facebook post

In Auckland’s previous move to Alert Level 3 earlier this month, Port Waikato residents said they were left feeling forgotten and confused after road blocks left them isolated despite being in Level 2. 

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The placement of a roadblock at the Klondyke Rd-Tuakau Bridge-Port Waikato Rd intersection left residents with a choice of driving 90 minutes down a “dangerous” single-lane gravel road, or shopping at a small local dairy, with limited essentials and no medicine. 

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Instead of a 10 minute trip to neighbouring Tuakau, locals are faced with a 1 hour 30 trek to Te Kauwhata. Source: 1 NEWS

The situation led Waikato District Mayor Allan Sanson to call for Port Waikato to be included in Auckland’s Alert Level 3 so they could make the 30-minute drive to Tūākau or Pokeno, which had been included in Auckland’s border.

About 500 people live in Port Waikato.