Auckland apartment block finds a way to celebrate amid coronavirus restrictions


Coronavirus restrictions prompted the residents of an Auckland apartment block to think outside the square for its monthly get-together. 

The building manager of the Isaac apartment block, in Auckland’s Grey Lynn, suggested their usual monthly drinks should go ahead, but from their balcony instead. 

Isaac apartment dweller Mark Ross said some of the older residents “really got a kick out of it”.

Cheers! New Zealanders are finding new ways to socialise with their neighbours.

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Cheers! New Zealanders are finding new ways to socialise with their neighbours.

“Everyone really enjoyed it,” Ross said.

He said there were conversations about the pandemic and its effect on work and money.

“But mostly it was just a chance to wave down the lane and connect with your neighbours.”

On Friday, in an effort to boost morale and keep connected, residents along Hamilton’s Gillies Ave organised a get together.

It was strictly BYO as neighbours chatted to each other from the safety of their own driveways or berms.

Residents of Isaac apartment block held their monthly meeting from their balcony.

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Residents of Isaac apartment block held their monthly meeting from their balcony.

WHAT ARE THE RULES?

The Government’s Covid-19 website advised people not to invite or allow social visitors, such as friends, family and whānau, to enter your home.

If you want to speak to someone who is not a member of your household, use the phone or other means of contact. 

It is okay for friends, family, whānau or delivery drivers to drop off food and supplies. They should leave these at the door.