Lengthy lines and congestion around testing centres have driven some desperate Aucklanders to extremes, Newshub reveals, with reports emerging on social media of people flouting the rules in order to avoid the queues. Some were forced to queue for eight hours last week in Auckland. Yet sitting in line for hours, some locals were turned away at closing time and were forced to return the following day for another gruelling wait. Speaking at the 1pm press conference on Tuesday, Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson said there was “ample opportunity” for people to get tested in the city, with “significant additional testing capacity” now provided in the region.

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