N.Z. in lock down: DAY 43


Yesterday was DAY 43 of New Zealand in lock down as we fight the COVID19 pandemic.

I do not actually have a huge amount to say at the moment. After six weeks of writing an item a day, every day, I am running out of things to say. The last six weeks have been very interesting in that I’ve been able to learn a few things about myself. Notably:

  • I like walking much more than I thought – like every day for anywhere between 40-120 minutes, walking up to 11 kilometres per walk; how much fun it is to then map it on Google Maps and get it to calculate how far I have walked
  • I thought I would be having a beer a day every day, when in actual fact its been more like one or two a week, and I have not hugely missed it
  • Twitter is probably going to replace Facebook as my preference for social media – people seem more honest, the conversations are more meaningful
  • Perhaps in ways I have never been before, I am aware of the restrictions on liberties that COVID19 is having in New Zealand; my conviction that we need to have a national conversation about government power and how it should be appropriately checked and balanced has never been stronger

All of the New Zealand In Lock Down diary articles have had a purpose. The lock down gave me time to think about the state of New Zealand in ways I had never done before, to appreciate what we have and also refocus my mind on where we need to go in the future. I have tried to articulate that as best as I can in the articles.

Are we going to seize an unprecedented national opportunity to reshape New Zealand for the better or are we going to squander it and spend the rest of our lives regretting it?