Witnesses to North Shore house party fear it will become spreader event

Source: 1News

Witnesses to a Saturday night house party on Auckland's North Shore, in breach of Alert Level 3 rules, fear it will become a Covid-19 spreader event after police arrived hours after it began. 

By Thomas Day

Music reportedly started pumping at the Redvale property from 7 to 8pm on Saturday, going into the early hours of the morning.

Multiple calls were placed to 105 from as early as 8.30pm on Saturday, however police only arrived at 4am after the majority of the partygoers had left.

Witnesses told 1News police officers were seen speaking to individuals on the property at roughly 6pm on Monday.

"Hopefully it makes people think twice before opening their homes up," one neighbour, who wishes to remain anonymous, told 1News.

Witnesses said there were so many cars there that they had to reverse down the long driveway and park on the side of the road.

Another neighbour, who also wishes to remain anonymous, said it had the possibility of being a spreader event.

"A lot of people are disappointed," they said.

Police say they were first contacted about a possible gathering around 11.43pm on the Saturday evening, but couldn't attend immediately due to other incidents.

They attended the scene later. 

A 28-year-old man who allegedly held the party was charged on Monday with breaching Covid-19 restrictions. He is due to appear in court on October 22.

Police have not ruled out enforcement actions against other individuals.

The gathering is not the first major party to take place at the home, after around 500 people reportedly attended a party at the property in July. 

Neighbours say the house has only ever been rented on a short-term basis and costs in the range of $1500 per week.