Man arrested over North Shore lockdown party

A man who allegedly hosted an infamous Auckland party at the weekend has been arrested and charged with breaching COVID-19 restrictions.

Footage from the North Shore party of a large group of young people was widely circulated on social media at the weekend, angering Aucklanders still locked down under alert level 3. 

Under the current alert level 3 rules, people must stick to their household bubbles unless gathering with one other hosuehold outdoors. Indoor gatherings are not permitted.

Since-deleted videos showed more than 50 people drinking, dancing on tables and kissing at an apartment in Redvale on Auckland's North Shore. Two models and social media influencers have since been dumped by their talent agencies for attending the party.

Now a man has been arrested for allegedly hosting the party. Police said in a statement a 28-year-old man has been charged "with failing to comply with the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Alert Level Requirements) Order (No.12) 2021".

He is scheduled to appear in the North Shore District Court on October 22. 

"Police will not tolerate this type of breach of alert level restrictions and would like to thank those members of the public who reported the matter to us," the statement said.

An investigation is ongoing and further enforcement action against more people isn't being ruled out, police added.