New Zealand is at Alert Level 1
Noia’ia, Talofa lava, Mauri, Kia orana, Mālō e lelei, Tālofa, Ni Sa Bula Vinaka, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Mālō ni and warm Pacific greetings to our Pacific communities across Aotearoa New Zealand.
This summer will be our first under COVID-19 conditions. Let’s continue the good habits that has helped restrict the spread of COVID-19 so far.
It’s important we look after ourselves and our aiga over the festive season and summer holidays.
- Alert Level 1 means there is still a risk of COVID-19 reappearing in our community - please do not get complacent.
- There are no restrictions on gatherings outside of the Auckland region.
- It is still mandatory for all public transport and businesses to display an official QR code for contact tracing.
Masks or face coverings are encouraged on public transport outside of Auckland.
Masks or face coverings legally must be worn on public transport in Auckland and on all domestic flights:
- on all public transport to, from and through Auckland — including on long-distance bus and train journeys, as well as Auckland ferries
- on domestic flights throughout New Zealand
- by Auckland taxi and ride-share drivers — while it’s not compulsory for passengers to wear them, we strongly encourage you to.
What we all need to do this summer
• Wash your hands
• Scan QR codes
• Turn on Bluetooth tracing on the NZ COVID Tracer app
• Stay home if you’re feeling unwell and get advice about a COVID-19 test.
COVID-19 Christmas Special
To view this episode in one of our 9 Pacific Languages - visit our YouTube channel here
We got your back
Following the resurgence of Covid-19 in Aotearoa New Zealand and the impact it is having on our Pacific communities, it is essential we consider the information we are receiving.
Together with our partners Bright Sunday 4pi, the Ministry of Health, New Zealand Police, SunPix, Tagata Pasifika and Pacific Media Network (PMN), the Ministry for Pacific Peoples (MPP) has put together a half hour special programme focusing on Sela Alo, the General Manager of PMN, and his journey of surviving Covid-19, as well as key messages from Pacific community members and leaders. This programme can be viewed here.
We got your back Aotearoa is a social media campaign that is aimed at reaching our Pacific communities and features some of New Zealand's well-known Pacific people including Dame Valerie Adams (DNZM), Dave Letele (Brown Buttabean), Diamond Langi, Faumuina To'aletai David Tua (ONZM), Patrick Tuipulotu, Lesina Nakhid-Schuster and more. They will share messages of encouragement to help protect our people and once again beat/eliminate Covid-19.
Watch the We got your back video messages here
Key things to remember at all Alert levels
Use the NZ COVID Tracer app to track your movements
We should all continue to keep track of where we’ve been and who we’ve seen to assist with rapid contact tracing if it is required.
The NZ COVID Tracer app has been updated to include Bluetooth tracing technology. Bluetooth tracing allows you to receive an alert if you have been near another app user who tests positive for COVID-19.
Businesses and public transport providers must display the NZ COVID Tracer QR code posters to support their customers with contact tracing.
Practise good hygiene
Continue the good hygiene that has helped restrict the spread of COVID-19 so far:
- Wash your hands frequently
- Cough and sneeze into your elbow
- Clean/wipe surfaces regularly
Stay home if you're sick
If you have a cold or flu symptoms, you should stay home and call your doctor or Healthline on 0800 358 5453.
Wear a mask or face covering
Wearing a mask or face covering helps keep you and others safe while you are out and about.
The Government has a comprehensive plan to access safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines for New Zealanders.
Additional COVID-19 tests for returnees from higher risk countries
An additional test for COVID-19 will be required for returnees from higher risk countries on their arrival in New Zealand from midnight 31 December 2020.