Patrick Gower: On Lockdown documentary takes exclusive look at New Zealand's COVID-19 battle

In December 2019, the world woke to a strange and terrible virus spreading across the globe.

By February 2020 the virus had spread to New Zealand and by the end of March, hundreds of Kiwis were infected, our borders were closed and the country was plunged into lockdown.

Newshub National Correspondent Patrick Gower followed the unprecedented events as they unfolded.

Now for the first time Newshub reveals an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the politicians and power-players as they make decisions during the crisis.

Follow Gower as he interviews Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield as they grapple with one of the most difficult decisions this country has ever faced - whether to put New Zealand into lockdown, and what would it cost.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Dr Ashley Bloomfield.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Dr Ashley Bloomfield. Photo credit: Getty

Two days before New Zealand entered almost complete lockdown a wedding party held a reception at Bluff Oyster Cove. That wedding led to 98 cases and two deaths.

For the first time, the newlyweds at the centre of the country's first major outbreak speak out about their experience with COVID-19, the loss of their loved one and their feelings towards the person who spread the virus.

The Bluff cluster venue.
The Bluff cluster venue. Photo credit: The Project

And Gower speaks to the experts about their hopes for a vaccine and what's next for New Zealand.

Watch Patrick Gower: On Lockdown on Three at 8:30pm on Monday.