Investigations are underway into reports of an alleged border breach by an Auckland-based Royal New Zealand Navy junior sailor last weekend.
The junior sailor, who is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, travelled to attend the funeral of a close family member, NZDF said in a statement today.
“They had not applied for a Ministry of Health (MOH) travel exemption.”
“The sailor has been instructed to isolate in their rural property in the Hawke’s Bay and get a COVID test. The RNZN is investigating the alleged border breach and the surrounding circumstances.”
It said the regional health authority had been informed.
“An investigation is currently underway into how the sailor managed to cross the border without an MoH exemption or essential travel status,” said Deputy Chief of Navy, Commodore Melissa Ross.
“While we acknowledge this junior sailor has experienced a significant loss and had wanted to support whanau, like many other New Zealanders in the same position, they must abide by the border restrictions in place and play their part in keeping New Zealand safe”.