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Growers south of Auckland getting ready for level 3 border to come into effect

Vegetable growers south of Auckland are getting ready for the level 3 border to come into effect from midnight tonight. The boundary south of Auckland is the same one used in February this year. People cannot travel across the boundary - unless they are an essential worker and their employer has successfully applied and received an exemption and associated QR code.

Horticulture New Zealand chief executive Nadine Tunley said the border being further south than Pukekohe meant fewer workers would need to cross it on a daily basis. quoted her as saying: "The reason the border is down that far is because there are a number of workers that come up from the upper Waikato Region and they would need to cross the border quite a bit if it was further north - so this reduces the number of movements over the border."

Tunley added that HortNZ was providing up-to-date information to affected growers in the area and had called around yesterday to see how applications for border exemptions were going.

Waikato Federated Farmers president Jacqui Hahn said they were also contacting farmers in the area to make sure they knew the rules around the border. "There's a bit more you need to do this time around to get an exemption to cross the border, it has to be essential so in our sector, for food production or animal welfare reasons. For example if your vet is on the other side of the border you may not be able to use them during this time if there's a vet that can provide the service on the same side of you."

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