Coronavirus: How to dob people in for breaking lockdown rules

If you see people breaking lockdown rules, it's important to inform the relevant people.

And it's as simple as sending an email to a dedicated address set up by the Ministry of Health.

The email has been active for a week - even before New Zealand went into lockdown. It allows the public to access assistance and advice from the ministry and police. 

"Priority will be given to messages from confirmed cases and the contacts of confirmed cases and will also enable notifications of reported breaches of self-isolation and mass gathering requirements," the ministry said.

Kiwis continue to be asked by the ministry to continue to play their part and follow lockdown rules. Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield said the "wave" of New Zealand's infections should start to go down in 10 days if everybody follows the rules and guidelines.

On Wednesday, police urged the public not to call 111 to report people for breaking the rules.

"It is absolutely vital that people only call 111 if they are facing an emergency situation," said national communication centres manager Supt Dave Trappitt. "For example, someone is badly injured or in danger; there's a serious risk to life or property, such as a house fire; a crime is being committed and the offenders are there or have just left; or you've come across a major public inconvenience, like a tree blocking a road."

So the message is don't call 111 to dob people in; send an email to the dedicated address -

"After a conversation explaining why self-isolation is necessary, most people are willing to comply," Dr Bloomfield said last week. 

As of Friday, New Zealand has 368 cases of coronavirus COVID-19.