COVID-19: Police launch investigation after lockdown-breaching North Shore party

Police have launched an investigation into the now-infamous lockdown-breaching North Shore party over the weekend. 

Waitematā North Police Area Commander Inspector Mark Fergus said police were called to a property in Redvale after reports of excessive noise in the early hours of Sunday morning. 

"A police unit attended the address after 4am to find the majority of the partygoers had since left," Inspt Fergus said. 

"Police spoke to occupiers and initiated further enquiries for follow up enforcement actions."

He said multiple 105 reports were received in relation to video footage of the party which was posted on social media. 

"This footage is being reviewed and police are looking at enforcement options available for this matter.

"Police are disappointed this event went ahead given it is not permitted under the current restrictions."

The party prompted outrage on social media after footage emerged of the house party with what appeared to be more than 50 young people in attendance; drinking, dancing on tables and kissing. 

It comes as Auckland remains in alert level 3 lockdown, meaning movements are strictly restricted. Under level 3 only outdoor gatherings between two households can take place with a maximum of 10 people. No indoor gatherings with other bubbles are allowed.

A model and influencer who attended the party has since been dropped by her agency. Charlie Wilson, who has over 40,000 followers on Instagram, was dropped by her management agency after it received multiple tip-offs over the weekend. 

Verano Management posted on its Instagram Story on Monday morning revealing it was no longer representing Wilson. 

COVID-19 has killed more than 4.5 million people worldwide. New Zealand is currently dealing with an outbreak of the Delta variant which is more infectious and deadly. Twenty-eight people have died from the virus in New Zealand.