The latest COVID-19 community outbreak and subsequent alert level rise took its toll on all of Aotearoa, but was perhaps felt most by the community living in the heart of the storm - South Auckland.
For Fa'anānā Efeso Collins, Auckland Councillor for Manukau, the Level 3 lockdown and surrounding media coverage was yet another reminder of the ongoing pressure on his South Tāmaki Makaurau community.
“It's like this balloon that feels like it's filling with water and at some stage it might pop,” Efeso says.
“It feels like there’s a hidden undercurrent of anger from outside of South Auckland, towards it. When we think back to what happened when we went into lockdown in August last year, there was huge anger and frustration geared at South Auckland. And this time around, in Papatoetoe [South Auckland]… A lot of us are looking to protect and defend ourselves from the anger expressed from outside.”