We headed to sea for the first 2.5 weeks for the lockdown and stayed at either end of Onetangi for the whole time. I spent several weeks prepping the boat just in case and took the view they had not said no to boating. The boat is designed for live aboard and had sailed here from France. Ironically, our sewage system at home failed on last day home and we had no wastewater.
There were about a dozen boats to start, some headed to Barrier, others melted away as food and water ran out over the 20 days we were out
The first 10 days were fine, you could walk on Onetangi beach and the locals were friendly. Then our fearless leader clarified boating was not allowed. Overnight nobody was kayaking or fishing in boats from off the beach. The hordes of daily paddle boarders who would come round and say hello dried up.
We noticed an immediate change in attitude from the people staying at their baches to the few boats remaining, nothing was said but hands started going on hips as we wold come in for the daily walk and a few people gave us the death stares. Id say 90% were not locals but bach owners.
We made the call to come back in as with two young kids, not being able to swim or paddle round the rocks made entertaining them quite trying after the boating clarification.
We didnt once see any boat break any lockdown rules.... occasional beers on the beach showed people siting apart and some boats each night backed in stern to for an hour or so.
We spoke to a number of friends who were at the barrier. They said all but 3 locals were very friendly, the shops were well stocked as people were expecting boats for Easter. They said Fitzroy Shop was very keen and selling as much as possible as they had supply in expectation of Easter Trading. However the 3 that were opposed made a big deal of ringing the media and beating up on the boaties. They also cut the line of water from Smokehouse Bay. But overall locals were very supportive.
As for the 'raftup pissup', it never happened, 4 boats were rafted up, all family members who joined before the lockdown. Two boats had the owners on board who were over 70 years old and related to the other boats. One of the boats owned the bach in front of where they were parked as well.
The police came around for a few days and told everybody they could fish but asked if they could stay close to Fitzroy, but Katherine Bay/Nagels was ok as well. The Police were then seen fishing in MOW passage before they headed back to Auckland.
Overall we were happy being out but I can appreicate that they didnt want anyone out at least for the L4 lockdown. If they had given that clarity before L4 we would not have gone.
However I can also see that from L3 its a bit of a nonsense that one can go for a surf, but cant live on a boat...bigger fish to fry I guess