Sophie Boladeras talks to courier driver Ken Anderson to find out what life is like driving Waiheke’s deserted streets delivering essential items to businesses and families hunkered down in their bubbles.

Instead of a cheery greeting and a quick chat, courier drivers across Waiheke and the country are being met with caution and sometimes fear. It’s a surreal experience for many, traversing quiet roads clad in protective gear, delivering medical supplies, food and other essential goods to those in lockdown. “Not having contact with customers and maintaining a two-metre distance is a bit strange for me,” says Waiheke Couriers owner and driver Ken Anderson.

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