A wild Instagram influencer’s party has sparked outrage after dozens of rowdy revellers were filmed packed inside a house in locked-down New Zealand
Several videos circulating on social media show attendees smooching and grinded on one another and even twerking on tables.
The illegal gathering was on Auckland’s North Shore, which is under strict Alert Level 3 locked during the city’s Covid outbreak.
Residents are required to stay at home unless going to work or school, must wear masks in public settings, and indoor social gatherings are banned.
But despite the country’s Delta outbreak, the group of pleasure seekers appeared to flock to the private residence for a night of hedonistic fun.
Social media influencers have come under fire after footage of a wild party (pictured) in locked-down New Zealand began circulating online
One video shows the large crowd failing to follow social distancing requirements as they dance shoulder-to shoulder without masks, with some people kissing and groping each other.
In another clip, a woman wearing a red dress twerks while on all fours on top of a ping pong table, before partygoers cheer on a man thrusting behind another person laying on the ground nearby.
The so-called ‘influencers party’ – as it was described online – ignited backlash from fans, prompting some videos to be deleted, the New Zealand Herald reported.
A man who attended the party later issued an apology over Instagram, acknowledging his actions were ‘selfish’ and ‘dumb’.
‘We never called ourselves influencers it was only labelled that because it was stated by the person who wrote the initial status that came out about it,’ he wrote.
‘Regardless, it was dumb. We shouldn’t have broken the rules for a party but I’m sure we are all taking responsibility for our actions and definitely taking all the personal attacks, doxxing and everything else that is getting thrown at us as a consequence.
‘I can’t speak for anyone else that was at the party but I know myself that it was a huge regret and I’m not even just saying that because we got caught.
A woman in a red dress and high heels clambered onto the top of a pool table to twerk
‘It was selfish and overall a stupid decision but the death threats, cyber hate and personal attacks towards people shouldn’t be condoned.’
Although the man claimed he wasn’t a social media influencer, he boasts more than 10,000 followers and has sponsored content on his page.
Another person who posted the videos is a social media influencer and ‘fitness model’ with a similar amount of fans.
Police told Stuff they received multiple complaints about the videos, but there was no way to ascertain where or when the party was held.
She would not comment on whether the matter was under police investigation.
New Zealand reported recorded 51 new community cases of Covid-19, with 47 of the cases in Auckland where the outbreak began on August 17.
Of those cases, 23 are yet to be linked back to the outbreak by contact tracers.
On Monday, Jacinda Ardern’s government will review lockdown settings for the three regions currently in lockdown: Auckland, Northland, and much of the Waikato.
The footage also shows a man hovering over another person and gyrating as they laid on the ground
Those regions make up roughly half of New Zealand’s population.
Auckland will stay in lockdown given the uncontrolled spread, which the health ministry predicts will double to more than 100 daily cases within the next fortnight.
Northland looks likely to exit lockdown, with no further cases identified in 10 days since two Auckland women illegally left lockdown into the region, before testing positive for the virus.
The Waikato will be a trickier call for Ms Ardern’s cabinet.
On Sunday, there were four new cases identified – two in Hamilton, one in Raglan and one in Kihikihi – of which only one was already isolating as a household contact.
The lockdown announcement will be made at 4pm NZDT (2pm AEDT) on Monday.
A man who attended the party later issued an apology on Instagram, labelling his actions ‘stupid’ and ‘dumb’