The prolonged regional lockdown is reflected in the number of struggling Auckland and Northland businesses failing to pay their bills, Stuff reports. Defaults were up 18% in Auckland and 13% in Northland, compared with the same period in 2019 before the pandemic struck. Sectors showing the highest defaults were rental and financial services, transport, agriculture and construction, while those doing better were public administration, mining, arts and recreation, education and training, and information services.