How Auckland's Hatfields Beach residents have survived the lockdown

New Zealanders are looking forward to many things when alert level 4 decreases including fast-food, a barista-made latte, and extending our isolation bubbles.

But some people have been lucky enough to have the luxury of the beach right at their doorstep for the whole of the lockdown period.

Hatfields Beach residents Max and Laurette have been enjoying ocean views, the fresh sea breeze and almost-endless sunshine for the last month from their two-metres-long, one-metre-wide, home with wheels. 

Hunkering down in one spot for a month was far from their plans when they set off from France, but they’ve been pleasantly surprised. 

As the country heads into level 3 tomorrow, not much will change for those staying at Hatfields Beach, although the residents are looking forward to getting back into things like swimming, fishing, and DIY.

But for some people, staying at Hatfields Beach hasn't been a choice. The Government has helped many homeless into emergency accommodation but some rough sleepers weren't so lucky.

Peter Jacks was living in his car at the start of lockdown and has since been given a tent, but he's still struggling to get food and other basic supplies.

He's been helped by Whangaparaoa Charity Love Soup which has been providing meals for the less fortunate during level 4 and Hatfields Beach is one of its usual drop-off sites. 

Love Soup's Julie King says they have been working tirelessly but it is important for them to help people like Jacks.

"We need to remember that everyone has feelings and emotions and all deserve to be looked after," she said.

They are urging Kiwis to remember the importance of community during alert level 3.