The Paddison family of Kaipara Flats never thought they would spend more than 100 days in lockdown when they started their street-side counter.
Dad, Mike Paddison, had to put an extra hook into the sign and the kids painted some more number panels to accommodate triple digits.
Each morning for 107 days, the Paddison girls – Alyssa, 7, Holly, 12, and Hannah, 9 – would do a different pose for a photograph, which became a popular daily update on the Kaipara Flats community page.
It got to be such a routine, even the cat would line up.
The Paddison family hopes not to have to use the counter again, although is considering re-purposing it for a countdown to Christmas.
The Auckland region entered the ‘red light’ phase of the traffic light Covid-19 response framework last week on Friday, December 3, officially ending New Zealand’s longest lockdown.