COVID-19: Major events cancelled due to alert level restrictions

If COVID-19 has got you thinking of a career change, an event organiser is definitely in the high-risk category.

Northland Field Days in Dargaville was meant to start on Thursday, but has been cancelled because of the current alert levels. Ten months of planning and logistics for nothing.

"It's very hard, it's gut-wrenching actually you know for the field days as well as the town and all the site holders and everybody involved very gut-wrenching," Northland Field Days president John Phillips told Newshub.

"When we started this months ago, we had to hope that nothing would happen and we were unfortunate that it happened right the week before."

Organisers of the North Canterbury Wine and Food Festival to be held on March 7 are also guttered, postponing their event until next year.

"It was a heart-wrenching decision to have to make," festival managing director Catherine Keith told Newshub.

"The festival has a 30 year tradition."

It's known as a "celebration of all things geek" but Christchurch's pop culture event Armageddon is also postponed until May.

"[We] don't see any revenue from that until we do the show so a three-month delay just means we don't get paid for three months," Armageddon event director William Geradts told Newshub.

Other organisations and creatives around the country aren't yet pulling the plug.

Award-winning Kiwi singer-songwriter Marlon Williams had his 28 show National Tour literally interrupted by the news of our alert level change on Saturday night. 

"Is that someone playing an instrument?" He said.

Williams has had to postpone this week's concerts but is hoping a shift to level 1 will see him back performing in Arrowtown on Sunday.

The Crusaders are also wanting a drop in alert levels so they can have a crowd for their game against the Hurricanes in Christchurch this Sunday.

With the uncertainty, it's not surprising ticket sales for the match are down.

"But I think as confidence picks up the same way that mine has, I'm hoping that people will buy up in the next few days," Crusaders CEO Colin Mansbridge said.

Last night's T20 between the Black Caps and Australia was played in front of no crowd in Wellington.

They're now hoping to hit a "one" in alert level 1 for the next game on Sunday.

"We're very hopeful that on Friday the Government might relax the levels so we can have crowds in Wellington on Sunday," NZ Cricket CEO David White told The AM Show on Thursday.

'Hope' - a feeling many are now holding on to.