Even during the COVID-19 lockdowns, the Aussie spirit shone and communitie­s came together to lend each other a hand.

It is difficult to pinpoint which country first succumbed to mass toilet paper panic buying (and hoarding), but Japan was one of the first countries, with its public reportedly stripping shelves in February 2020. By March, Australia was near the top of the global charts for its toilet-paper buying frenzy, with shelves quickly being stripped bare, followed by a shortage of tinned and canned goods, pasta, rice and flour. By April, with lockdowns looming, Kiwis joined in on the panic buying. The panic eventually died down, although as recently as February this year panic buying broke out in New Zealand once more as Auckland was forced into a three-day lockdown.

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