Covid-19: The organiser of an Auckland mass gathering event has been summoned to court.

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A 63-year-old man has been summoned to appear in Auckland District Court in connection with the Saturday mass gathering event at the Auckland Domain.

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The man will appear on charges which relate to breaching the Covid-19 Public Health Response Act 2020 and the alert level 3 order.

In announcing the charges this afternoon, Acting Auckland City District Commander Superintendent Shanan Gray said that the gathering of around 1000 people was in breach of level 3 restrictions, which limit gatherings to weddings, funerals and tangihanga with no more than 10 people.

“The investigation phase is continuing as police consider further charges or enforcement action against others involved in the event,” he said in a statement.

Police recognised that the event was frustrating for people and their response on the day was based “on operational assessments as is usual for an event of that size”.

Police put community safety first when considering their response, Superintendent Gray said.

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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and the Director General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield are among those who have criticised the organisers of the event.

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