24 March 2020

First actual day of isolation, where I didn't go anywhere. Level 4 comes into effect officially at midnight. A state of emergency was officially declared and our phone alarms went off at 6.30pm during dinner. Working from home today was a joke. The kids made signs to hang in the window for the neighbour's kids- Umber and Sia. Everyone was a bit on edge.

23 March 2020

A panicked and uncomfortable last trip into the city to set up VPN on my work laptop and grab my monitor and keyboard. People were driving fast and aggressively. Strangers gave you knowing looks. It was a relief to see work colleagues and laugh a little. We ate lunch in the lunchroom spaced apart by 2 meters. It was weird and funny and sad. It was a relief to come home.

22 March 2020


"Right now we have a window of opportunity to break the chain of community transmission – to contain the virus – to stop it multiplying and to protect New Zealanders from the worst.

Our plan is simple. We can stop the spread by staying at home and reducing contact.

Now is the time to act.

That’s why Cabinet met today and agreed that effective immediately, we will move to Alert Level 3 nationwide.

After 48 hours, the time required to ensure essential services are in place, we will move to Level 4.

These decisions will place the most significant restriction on New Zealanders’ movements in modern history. This is not a decision taken lightly. But this is our best chance to slow the virus and to save lives.

We will get through this together, but only if we stick together. Be strong and be kind."

Jacinda Arden