‘You get smothered at residence’: The foreigners selecting to spend coronavirus lockdown in New Zealand

Amid all of the international nationals scrambling to get residence within the face of coronavirus journey restrictions are some who’ve chosen to remain and lockdown with their surrogate households.

In Wellington, Rebecca Jeffcoate, from Scotland, Briton Abbie Richardson and Australian Fiona Shaw had determined to remain collectively of their flat quite than try to get again to their households abroad.

“I really like my mother and father,” stated Richardson, 28, “however not with the ability to go off to work or depart the home or simply get a little bit of a breather could be laborious.”

Wellington flatmates l-r Fiona Shaw, Abbie Richardson and Rebecca Jeffcoate have decided to stay put for lockdown rather than go back overseas to their families.


Wellington flatmates l-r Fiona Shaw, Abbie Richardson and Rebecca Jeffcoate have determined to remain put for lockdown quite than return abroad to their households.

“You simply get smothered, do not you, once you go residence” stated Jeffcoate, 29. “What’ya doing, can I get you this, can I get you that…”

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“It is the independence,” agreed Shaw, 23. “Independence is an enormous factor.”

There was additionally a sensible facet to staying put. The ladies have every been in New Zealand not less than three years, really feel settled right here and had no quick plans to go away. 

The trio have been engaging in wholesome activities, even if "wine o'clock" is a daily feature of their lockdown schedule.


The trio have been partaking in healthful actions, even when “wine o’clock” is a day by day characteristic of their lockdown schedule.

“It might be, may we get again,” stated Jeffcoate. “If (the restrictions) did lengthen longer we might be caught within the UK with our belongings and stuff right here. So we considered (going residence) however then, no, I might quite journey it out.”

To date, all was so good, “although I really feel like we should not get too far forward of ourselves,” stated Richardson. “In week 4 we could be saying one thing completely different however for the time being it is good.”

The trio all work in Wellington’s hospitality scene and pre-lockdown their divergent schedules meant they hadn’t seen a variety of one another within the 5 months since they moved into the flat.

“We have by no means really sat down and cooked and had dinner collectively, in order that’s been very nice doing that each night time,” she added.

Aside from the dinners, the flatties had been making an attempt to provide their lockdown days some construction.

“I would not say we have a set routine however we’re doing bits and items every day,” stated Shaw.

They often had breakfast collectively, adopted by an train session – they had been following on-line HIIT routines, doing yoga, or going out for runs collectively.

“We do actions,” stated Jeffcoate. “Cross sew, puzzles, studying books…”

“We’ll go off and do our personal factor for a few hours after which we’re like, ‘Oh, ought to we play a recreation or ought to we do an ab exercise or all go for a stroll,'” added Richardson.

Jeffcoate: “After which it is wine o’clock.”

The flatties have enjoyed cooking and eating together, something their schedules doesn't usually allow.


The flatties have loved cooking and consuming collectively, one thing their schedules would not often permit.

Richardson: “Often about four. Generally earlier.”

“We’re making an attempt to, like, stay harmoniously,” stated Jeffcoate. “We are able to inform if we’re winding one another up an excessive amount of so we do need to simply have an excellent time and never kill one another.”

Shaw, who hails from rural Queensland, stated whereas she was good at taking herself off if she wanted some alone time, a part of the draw of staying within the flat for lockdown was being with folks with comparable pursuits. “Having the corporate,” she stated. “Protecting ourselves occupied.”

Plus, Richardson added, the choice, “could be having to go and stay at residence once more.”