Motorcycle burnouts during a large block road funeral procession in Auckland’s Henderson

Dozens of cars gathered at Tipene's funeral on Paramount Drive in Henderson on Friday.

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Dozens of cars gathered at Tipene’s funeral on Paramount Drive in Henderson on Friday.

Motorcyclists doing burn-outs as part of a funeral procession of more than 80 vehicles have caused problems for motorists by blocking a road in west Auckland.

On Friday, the large congregation on Paramount Drive, Henderson, saw a Tipene Funerals hearse surrounded by numerous cars, vehicles and spectators.

As the service unfolded inside the funeral home, people, many of whom wore headhunter vests, gathered in small groups outside.

A motorbike burned out when the hearse left.

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A motorbike burned out when the hearse left.

At the end of the service, some groups regrouped to form a larger group consisting of dozens of people, Thing said photographers at the scene.

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Motorcycles were seen running out of fuel, sending plumes of exhaust gas into the air, before the motorcade moved out of the area towards Lincoln Rd.

Many of those outside their cars were wearing masks due to the city’s current Alert Level 3 restrictions.

Henderson has been declared a “suburb of interest” in the Delta outbreak due to identified cases of Covid-19 in the community.

Smoke filled the air on Paramount Drive.

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Smoke filled the air on Paramount Drive.

Kaiora Tipene (Te Rarawa, Ngāi Takoto), of Tipene Funerals, said it had been a “very sad occasion” and what happened outside the premises was beyond their control.

“It is an extremely difficult time for all grieving families and I cannot wait for Alert Level 2 where more can come together to bid farewell to their loved ones.”

A police spokesperson confirmed that officers responded to reports of a rally at a funeral home on Paramount Drive.

“Those who gathered were consulted and reminded of the Level 3 rules. Everyone complained and has since left this place.

“However, police now understand that some groups are gathering at various locations in West Auckland. Police will monitor the situation and respond to any reports of a rally.”

The spokesperson said members of the public should report any instances of a rally or any traffic violation complaint to the police for investigation.

The gathering of people outside the funeral home continued after police reminded them of the Level 3 alert rules.

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The gathering of people outside the funeral home continued after police reminded them of the Level 3 alert rules.

During Alert Level 3, funerals and tangihanga are allowed, but only for a maximum of 10 people.

No food or drink can be served and people who do not live together are asked to keep a distance of two meters from each other.

About 200 Auckland families are waiting to be able to say goodbye to their loved ones at Alert Level 2 or 1.

Auckland Council Cemetery Services Director Mark Miller said many bikes went to Waikumete Cemetery on Friday.

“We can confirm that a large number of bikes accompanied a hearse to Waikumete Cemetery, but they stayed outside the gates.”


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