Police were tracking the movements of two women into Northland who were allegedly COVID-19 positive, and which was used by the government to justify a lockdown in the province.
The women were blamed for the lockdown in October 2021, but it has since emerged that they had obtained the necessary travel permits.
In a further development this morning, state-subsized legacy media outlet NZ Herald has reported that documents released through the Official Information Act showed police lied to gain access to two privately owned networks of CCTV cameras with number plate recognition technology in order to track the car the women were in. Police had recorded the vehicle as ‘stolen’ when it had not been.
By recording the car as stolen, police were able to access the privately owned networks.
Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson told media this morning, ‘The police have many ways that they’re able to track people and follow people and get information so we always expect the police to act inside the law so clearly, I would be concerned if that were true.’
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