Aucklanders are resilient and strong, but we need support and innovation to get through, Richard Hills, an Auckland Councillor, reflects on Stuff. We’ve welcomed 170,000 New Zealanders home, 18 of the 31 MIQ hotels are in Auckland, and we’ve faced a very trying Lockdown Week 3: 700 residents in MIQ, dozens more in hospital, flash-floods hitting communities across the northwest, and a violent attack at Countdown LynnMall. “Aucklanders stepped up, and Tāmaki Makaurau will continue to do the heavy lifting to protect our borders from Covid-19. All we ask is that the rest of Aotearoa has our backs in return.”