It’s a sweeping generalisation that everyone knows – New Zealanders don’t much care for Aucklanders, says Stuff. But as the rest of the country has eased down the levels fairly quickly, Auckland stares at another extended period in lockdown. Since Covid-19 first hit our shores, Auckland has spent 30 days longer in Levels 3 and 4 than the rest of NZ. But will the JAFA sentiment finally take a week off? “We need to have a bit of empathy and remember what it was like when we were doing it hard,” says clinical psychologist Dr Sarb Johal. Psychologist Dr Marc Wilson agrees, saying we’re now a more mobile, less parochial people.

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