Being able to dive in at one of the free pools around South Auckland on Monday will be a long-awaited respite for many who have struggled with the city’s arduous 107-day lockdown, RNZ reveals. As temperatures soar over summer, many South Aucklanders are familiar with the feeling of being slowly pan-fried as they meander across a shadeless town centre car park. Māngere, Ōtāhuhu and Ōtara not only have the lowest tree coverage of any area in Auckland, but are also a good 20 minutes from most of the city’s swimmable beaches.