Keeping sane in a bubble

Saturday March 28, 2020 Written by Published in Weekend
Exercising on day 2 of New Zealand lockdown: Baylee Mooney, Adrian Mooney, Zeke Sadaraka-McMurchy, Lisa Sadaraka and Peyton Mooney climb One Tree Hill. 20032710. Exercising on day 2 of New Zealand lockdown: Baylee Mooney, Adrian Mooney, Zeke Sadaraka-McMurchy, Lisa Sadaraka and Peyton Mooney climb One Tree Hill. 20032710.

Lisa Sadaraka, her fiancé Adrian Moody and four teenagers between them are in lock down in Auckland.

“It’s going to be a testing time for us all, so we need to keep kindness and compassion at the forefront of our minds,” said Sadaraka.


“Most importantly, the number one item on our family lock down guidelines is, to be kind to each other.”

“We must stay in our bubble – the people we are currently living with.

“There are six of us in our bubble, so we’ve had to put some ground rules in place to ensure we get through the next four weeks of ‘lockdown’ with our sanity still intact!”

Families cannot move between bubbles, this means they cannot visit friends or other family members who are outside their bubble.

 “I absolutely believe that ‘lockdown’ is essential for New Zealand to combat Covid-19, and our family are 100 per cent committed to complying to all the lockdown restrictions over the next month,” says Lisa.

“This restriction will be really difficult over the next month, particularly for us as Pacific Islanders who have extended family and will be wanting to check in on other family members.”

The family have a ‘daily schedule’ that includes when the kids have allocated times during the day for schoolwork.

And a weekly roster is shared for household chores outlining who’s responsible daily for cooking, dishes, laundry etc.

Daily exercise outside is also an essential everyday routine.

“The authorities acknowledge that exercising is important for our mental wellbeing during this period, so we are allowed to go outside for a walk or run but must maintain physical distancing of two metres.”

Family time is reserved each evening, to have dinner together and do fun things, like play board games.

People must stay home and only leave the house to use essential services, for example the supermarket, pharmacy or doctors.

“The police are out in full force on our roads stopping vehicles to ascertain where people are going and why.”

You still have the ignorant ones: “The police have already fined someone who was caught twice travelling on our Auckland roads for no valid reason.”

“So, we are definitely being asked to take this lockdown seriously.”

With the pandemic sweeping all over the globe, news and factual information are imperative.

“We are very careful about keeping things in perspective and watch the daily live Covid-19 updates from Ministry of Health on TV One and check information on the Covid-19 website.

“Anything else in the media, particularly social media, we take with a grain of salt (as Jacinda has suggested).”

Sadaraka is concerned about her family’s health and job security.

“As human beings we fear the ‘unknown’ and we’re in unknown territory right now.

“Things are changing rapidly, 10 days ago we had 20 confirmed cases, today there are 368 cases, with 85 of these confirmed just in the last 24 hours.

“It is anticipated that numbers will continue to increase over the next few weeks despite being in lockdown.

“Assuming everyone complies with the lockdown restrictions, we won’t see the impact of  lock down for some time yet.”

Sadaraka believes the government are making the necessary decisions and are acting swiftly and decisively.

“We must go hard, and we must go early, is the approach they’re taking, which is very reassuring.

Sadaraka said, “information is regularly updated on the website that is also translated into our Pacific languages which is great; we are well informed, which is very important at a time like this.”

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