New Zealand crowds cram like sardines at biggest concert since Covid in new freedom

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NEW Zealand crowds today crammed together like sardines as they revelled in the country's biggest concert since Covid rules relaxed.

Thousands watched Six60 perform at the Waitangi sports grounds in Waitangi - the biggest outdoor show allowed to go ahead since the start of the pandemic.

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Six60 fans watched the band perform in Waitangi, New Zealand after the country's Covid alert level dropped to 1

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Six60 fans watched the band perform in Waitangi, New Zealand after the country's Covid alert level dropped to 1Credit: Getty Images - Getty

Crowds crammed together like sardines in scenes unheard of until now

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Crowds crammed together like sardines in scenes unheard of until nowCredit: Getty Images - Getty

The band performed in a sports ground outside

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The band performed in a sports ground outsideCredit: Getty Images - Getty

Fans huddled at the front of the stage as they reminded the world what life was like before Covid-19.

Maskless strangers brushed up against each other and sang out loud in scenes unheard of across the pond.

Six60's Chris Mac even jostled in the crowd as social distancing was scrapped and pals got closer than ever.

It comes as New Zealand's coronavirus Alert Level was lowered to 1, with measures relaxed to a minimum.

As of January 15, the country had 76 active cases of the bug, raising its overall total to 2,246 infections since the start of the outbreak.

Islanders are not required to social distance as a rule.

They must, however, wear a face covering when using transport services in, into and out of Auckland and on passenger flights throughout New Zealand.

And they should sign into places wherever they go, using the NZ Covid Tracer app and keep washing their hands throughout the day.

If unwell, they should stay at home and get a test.

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In a bid to stop the spread from overseas, the New Zealand Government has announced temporary restrictions on travellers from other countries and all new arrivals must go into a quarantine facility for 14 days.

New Zealand has been praised for its pandemic response, and has had one of the lowest Covid death tolls since the start of the pandemic.

In total, the country has recorded 25 Covid deaths along with 2,246 cases.

Matiu Walters and Six60 perform at the Waitangi sports grounds 

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Matiu Walters and Six60 perform at the Waitangi sports grounds Credit: Getty Images - Getty

Chris Mac of Six60 makes his way through the heaving crowd

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Chris Mac of Six60 makes his way through the heaving crowdCredit: Getty Images - Getty

Fans soaked up the sun together ahead of the big performance

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Fans soaked up the sun together ahead of the big performance Credit: Getty Images - Getty

Pals gathered as they would have in 2019 - with no social distancing rules in place

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Pals gathered as they would have in 2019 - with no social distancing rules in placeCredit: Getty Images - Getty

No masks were needed as New Zealand reduces its alert level to 1

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No masks were needed as New Zealand reduces its alert level to 1Credit: Getty Images - Getty

The scenes would be unthinkable in other locked-down parts of the world

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The scenes would be unthinkable in other locked-down parts of the world Credit: Getty Images - Getty

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