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Shopper stands 100 meters outside of Pak’nSave in South Auckland during a corona virus lock

Huge supermarket queue stretches 100 METERS across the block while stores are under pressure to get products on the shelves – and the store wasn’t even open yet

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Desperate shoppers were forced to wait in line that stretched more than 100 meters outside a supermarket before it even opened its doors.

Customers were seen in a long line in the parking lot and around the block of a Pak’nSave supermarket in Māngere, South Auckland on Thursday morning.

New Zealand is currently on day eight of its strict level four restrictions as the nation struggles to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

Essential services, including doctors, banks and supermarkets, are still open in New Zealand, but Jacinda Ardern has urged residents to only shop when there are ‘immediate needs’.

Customers were seen in a long line in the parking garage and around the Pak'nSave block (pictured) in Māngere, South Auckland on Thursday morning

Customers were seen in a long line in the parking garage and around the Pak’nSave block (pictured) in Māngere, South Auckland on Thursday morning

Clendon and Papakura also saw similar rows of customers outside their supermarkets, NZ Herald reported.

Antoinette Laird, Head of Corporate Affairs at Pak’nSave operator Foodstuffs NZ, confessed that there were days when supermarkets were full, but people followed the social distance rule.

“At some stores, the queues can be long – that’s why we remind people to only go to the supermarket for essentials when they really need to,” she said.

Ms. Laird suggested that everyone check their refrigerator and pantry before heading out.

“Then ask the question – do I have enough in my cupboard to make today’s meals? If the answer is yes, don’t go to the grocery store, “Laird said.

“If the answer is no, be sure to hit the road with a list and go shopping fast while keeping to the physical distance requirements.”

Shoppers lined up in front of the supermarket before the doors even opened to get stuff during the corona virus lock

Shoppers lined up in front of the supermarket before the doors even opened to get stuff during the corona virus lock

Shoppers lined up in front of the supermarket before the doors even opened to get stuff during the corona virus lock

The New Zealand government has looked at price erosion as prices for popular items surged.

They launched a website that allows members of the public to report on items whose prices have risen dramatically.

The most common complaint is the price of cauliflower which costs a whopping $ 13.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said there are 1,000 complaints and they are working to make the process easier.

“The complaint handling process is underway … and we will involve merchants so they have a chance to respond,” she said.

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