‘We can cope’: Supermarkets prepared for Auckland demand


An early morning queue on Wednesday outside a Hobsonville supermarket, as Auckland prepared to move into Alert Level 3.

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An early morning queue on Wednesday outside a Hobsonville supermarket, as Auckland prepared to move into Alert Level 3.

Supermarkets are reassuring customers that there are plenty of masks and supplies in their system as Auckland enters 12 more days of level 3 Covid-19 restrictions.

Foodstuffs, the company which owns Pak ‘n Sav, Four Square and New World, said if product limits appeared, they would vary from store to store.

”We have an incredibly robust supply chain and our teams are working tirelessly to ensure a steady flow of product into stores around the country,” Foodstuffs spokeswoman Antoinette Laird said.

But the company was asking customers to be considerate about buying in bullk.

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”Before heading to the supermarket, we ask all customers to take a look in their pantry first – if it is still well stocked, please only buy what you need.”

Masks were in healthy supply. ”We have been preparing for this since the last lockdown and nationwide, we have more than 8 million masks in our supply chain,” she said.

”If a customer’s store is low or out of mask supply, please rest assured that more stock is on the way – it’s simply making its way through.”

Masks were sporadic outside a Wellington Countdown supermarket as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced measures to contain a growing Covid cluster on Friday.

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Masks were sporadic outside a Wellington Countdown supermarket as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced measures to contain a growing Covid cluster on Friday.

Other supermarket niceties included using contactless payment if possible, shopping online where available, and scanning the NZ Covid Tracer QR code.

Countdown also said it was well prepared, and was increasing its online shopping capacity, including its pharmacy service.

The supermarket chain also had an online Priority Assistance service

”Overnight, we’ve had 300 new applications for this service and we’re working on getting through these as quickly as we can to ensure our most at risk customers can get their food and essentials quickly and safely,” spokeswoman Kiri Hannifin said.

Hannifin said it was also great to see so many Auckland customers wearing masks.