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Grand Marais musician Derek Smith in New Zealand on COVID-19

Musician Derek Smith, formerly of Grand Marais, is making his living with music in New Zealand - Submitted photo
Musician Derek Smith, formerly of Grand Marais, is making his living with music in New Zealand - Submitted photo

Derek Smith grew up on the North Shore and is well known locally for his musical talents. In fact, he has been a guest performer on WTIP. Hear his latest interview in 2016, with WTIP music director Will Moore here
 
In recent years Smith has been living in New Zealand, a country which has been credited with "crushing the curve" with its success in preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. According to the World Health Organization, three days after WHO declared the cornavirus outbreak a public health emergency of international concern, New Zealand enacted disease prevention measures.
 
The country, led by Jacinda Ardern, continues to be vigilant, however most restrictions have been lifted and life is returning to normal. 
 
WTIP's Rhonda Silence spoke with Derek Smith about what life was like in New Zealand during its "lock down" period and now. 
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