What can we do in lockdown? It’s up to us.

We are heading for lockdown, confined to our homes unless going out for groceries or medical assistance) with some access to outdoors if we keep our distance from other people.

Otherwise, what can we do for weeks if not months of confinement?

If you’re reading this you have access to the Internet. This will be the primary means of communication for many of us.  I will be keeping in touch with overseas family I have been cut off from already, and local family that will soon be off limits in person.

We will still have TV, radio, newspapers probably (the ODT was very thin yesterday presumably as advertising dries up).

We can still interact with our neighbours as long as we keep our distance.

I will keep posting here, perhaps even more as I will have more time at home.

We are being forced into a different way of life for a while. perhaps wee can use this time to look at better ways of doing things online.

We can be more supportive, more positive, and we can find ways of being more interesting. If anyone wants to do a guest post then go for it. Or if you have ideas on what things I can cover here I’m open to suggestions.

We are in a very challenging time. It could be tough in ways and at times, but in adversity we can rise to the challenge.

What we do with the unprecedented situation we’re in is up to us.

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50 Comments

  1. I plan to start doing some Google World travelling. If you have some places in your corner of the world to check out, that would be helpful.

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    • duperez

       /  24th March 2020

      Try Dawson City in the Yukon. A First Nations camp with not many people in the 1890s which suddenly had a population of 40,000 then within a year or two only 8,000.
      It gets mentioned on TV in Yukon Gold. Someone from our house has been up to there.

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  2. Alan Wilkinson

     /  24th March 2020

    It will probably depend a lot on the weather. I’ll be outside if I can be – killing weeds and growing things. Inside it will be admin, fixing things, tidying up my messes somewhat, thinking and annoying Lefties.

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    • Corky

       /  24th March 2020

      Just come back from town. I saw a huge line of people outside a Resene paint shop. Like you, I think they are going to make the most of their time in lock down.

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  3. Kitty Catkin

     /  24th March 2020

    I will be marooned as I don’t have a car and there will be no public transport. People like me will have a terrible time. It will be solitary confinement.

    I assume that taking passengers in a car will be illegal. All this for two people who have a virus with a 99% survival rate.

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    • Ray

       /  24th March 2020

      Not sure where you are getting your figures from Kitty but they are demonstrably wrong.
      https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus
      102 tested positive yesterday and a world death rate that is about 8% for you and double that for me.
      https://www.cebm.net/global-covid-19-case-fatality-rates/

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      • Duker

         /  24th March 2020

        Thats source gives a huge variation, the experts are saying ‘dont know yet’

        They exclude the Diamond Princess where 80% of those on board were tested and the positives came back as 17% out of 3700. Deaths were 7. 40% of tests were no symptons
        Even they say
        “in those with coronavirus symptoms in Wuhan, China, had a 1.4% (95% CI, 0.9% to 23.1% chance of dying.” note the huge possible variation
        Thats those with symptons its less than 1.5%, as usual mostly very old and those with other chronic illnesses.

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    • Blazer

       /  24th March 2020

      try walking…or are you so selfish you want people to do that for you…..

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  4. NOEL

     /  24th March 2020

    Seems ours is planned.
    Wife has decided on which room to start deep cleaning of house.
    Gee I thought when we missed it last spring it would soon be forgotten.

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  5. Zedd

     /  24th March 2020

    I hear that in places where the ‘Herb’ is legal (Canada, USA states, EU etc.) the ‘sales’ in their dispensaries is hugely increasing.. ‘stay at home & JUST RELAX man’
    sounds like a plan 🙂 😀

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    • NOEL

       /  24th March 2020

      Aw shite don’t go there. Bad enough that we were preached it was a health issue. Now we have to vote in September on a DRAFT bill that will probably look nothing like we were ask to vote on after it has gone through the SC process.

      Nuting relaxing about that at all.

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      • you can alwayz vote NO for Status Quo.. If thats what Uz really want ? :/ 😀

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        • NOEL

           /  24th March 2020

          In that case why isn’t the question “Do you support legalisation of recreational cannabis use Yes/No.”

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  6. Gerrit

     /  24th March 2020

    Can anyone explain why the Warehouse red sheds are an “essential” service and able to remain open whilst every small retailer has to shut? Makes a mockery of the lockdown when every other retailer except the majors have to shut down. What next M10 and Bunnings open as well?

    Defies logic.

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    • David

       /  24th March 2020

      Mitre 10 decision pending

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      • Gerrit

         /  24th March 2020

        I can understand a M10 being open more than a red shed. However if we are serious about a lock down then surely ALL but the most essential should be closed. Small retailers will go to the wall whilst larger box retailer make hay.

        Does not seem right.

        Why M10 and not other smaller hardware retailers like Carters or Hammer?

        Who gets to choose whether one retailer lives and who potentially dies (in a retailers sense)?

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        • David

           /  24th March 2020

          I guess if M10 gets it then Bunnings will too. Gayford probably told her its a good opportunity to get some stuff done around the house.
          I think Jacinda was just a little tired and wanted a longer break over Easter with the first child given she is at one of the cutest stages at the moment, the child that is. Maybe Clarke wanted to get a spot of fishing in and nagged her to watch the child for a change and give him a break.

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          • Blazer

             /  24th March 2020

            meanwhile back at Bridges bunker the wife and 2 kids ready themselves for another photo shoot for Womans Day…the 3rd this year.

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          • duperez

             /  24th March 2020

            Give him a break? How about giving yourself a break? And us. Going into absolute isolation would have its advantages.

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          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  24th March 2020

            Our Hammer Hardware was still waiting to hear yesterday. Should be allowed to open otherwise it is a 2hr round trip to Keri/Waipapa or 3hr to Whangarei.

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            • Blazer

               /  24th March 2020

              definitely a candidate for an exemption then…Lord.

            • Duker

               /  24th March 2020

              You will be out of luck…”lifes essentials’ are whats required not convenient to have under these silly rules

            • Duker

               /  24th March 2020

              Wilco , you dont seem to realise all hardware stores will close for 4 weeks

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  24th March 2020

              Last time I talked to them neither did they. Moreover Bunnings and Mega Mitre 10 still didn’t know. Do you? Has it changed?

          • Duker

             /  24th March 2020

            What part of essentials are they? Takeaways are food but they have to close, a bit of unhealthy food thinking ‘cant be essential’ so we should ban it.
            I don’t agree, but these people think like that

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    • Duker

       /  24th March 2020

      Warehouse stores sell ( in a small section)- household essentials. Shampoos, detergents,personal care dishwashing stuff etc
      Its definitely a loophole that they are exploiting

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  8. Gezza

     /  24th March 2020

    “There is widespread confusion over what counts as an “essential business”.

    An 0800 phone number was was expected to be available on Tuesday at 5pm for businesses to seek advice.

    Harford [whoever he or she is, the Stuff article doesn’t say] said more information was needed on whether food stores other than supermarkets could remain open

    “There is a much broader range of stores providing essential goods to New Zealanders.

    “There is a range of speciality grocers, food stores and convenience stores that people may not class as supermarkets but which are nonetheless a key means of delivering food to New Zealanders. These stores should also be exempt from any closure requirements,” Harford said.

    “Finally, there is a range of other stores that provide supplies that are essential to the maintenance and operation of households, as well as the health and wellbeing of New Zealanders.

    “These include hardware stores, garden stores, especially for fruit and vegetable plants, appliance stores, specialty trade stores and the like,” he said.

    “Retail NZ is calling for the Government to provide urgent clarity on what it is defining as essential retail, noting that the food supply chain is broader than supermarkets.”

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/coronavirus/120531695/retailers-call-for-clarity-on-what-counts-as-essential

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  9. Pink David

     /  24th March 2020

    Some very good points there. The supermarkets are not designed to supply everyone with all the food they need, they don’t have that capacity alone. All the takeaways, cafes, restaurants that have been shut down provided a significant percentage that does not instantly get replaced in the supermarket logistics chain.

    Same with food production, the network needed to keep all of them in operation is extensive. The longer this runs, the need for that chain to be operating will increase, exponentially.

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    • Conspiratoor

       /  24th March 2020

      I heard a gummint apparatchic opining that we are a net exporter of food. Once that might have been true. But take a look at that bag of flour, tinned food, frozen veges and everything in between.

      You’ll see the words ‘made in New Zealand from local and imported ingredients ‘ . Read between the lines folks

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      • Blazer

         /  24th March 2020

        Be reassured NZ can feed itself,also has plenty of water and power….countries like Japan,Singapore the U.K not so good.

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        • Conspiratoor

           /  24th March 2020

          Thanks for that blazer, your reassurance means so much. Repeated raids on the corner dairy by panicked folks hoovering up the shelves wondering where to put it all…nothing to see here move along

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          • Blazer

             /  24th March 2020

            dairy…you say!….must have plenty of money.

            Btw don’t take my word for it…you can easily access the data to support the fact that NZ is a net producer of food.

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            • Duker

               /  24th March 2020

              Milk powder !
              Hardly helps consumers that’s we make mountains of the stuff, and who can afford or want cheese and butter…..I think our palate has come a long way since mutton butter milk and spuds

            • Conspiratoor

               /  24th March 2020

              I can drop a beast off at your place but you wouldnt have a fucking clue what to do with it

              We are a net exporter of commodities. Local companies wanting to produce food from these commodities have to stand in line behind our committment to our major trading partner

            • Blazer

               /  24th March 2020

              @Con…I’m sure I would.
              We also grow fruit and vegetables in case you and Duker hadn’t noticed.

              Thank God ..sarcasm isn’t contagious..eh..Con.

            • Conspiratoor

               /  24th March 2020

              Sarcasm. You say it like it’s a bad thing blazer

              Logic suggests if empty shelves are solely a result of panic, then this must cease at some point. After all you can only wipe your arse once a day

              Could it be there is less processed food arriving in our ports from asia and we are about to discover how vulnerable we have become

            • Blazer

               /  24th March 2020

              The less processed foods we eat..the healthier we will be.

              As for sarcasm ,so long as …its all done in the…best possible..taste. 😉

  10. Conspiratoor

     /  24th March 2020

    This is not a lockdown. This is a plea to stay at home. Oh but I’m just picking up the essentials from the supermarket. Ask any inmate detained at her majesty’s pleasure what the term means.

    We are still some time away from the hard decisions. Will adern have the balls, I think not

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    • Blazer

       /  24th March 2020

      Do you recommend the Chinese solution re lockdown?
      Thank God Bridges is not in control.

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      • Conspiratoor

         /  24th March 2020

        Do you want to take it seriously …or join your fearless leader in a bout of hand wringing. Bridges is the Andrew little of national. The sacrificial goat being led around by the neck by a couple of …well you know the rest

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