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BOP to COVID alert level 2 and Auckland to Level 3

From 6am on Sunday 28 February 2021, the Bay of Plenty (with the rest of NZ) will move to alert level 2 and Auckland will move to Alert Level 3.

Alert Level 2 means:

  • Stay home if you are feeling unwell 
  • Practise good hygiene 
  • Keep track of where you have been 
  • Use face coverings where you can't keep physical distance (and you MUST wear them on public transport)
  • Gatherings under 100 people
  • Work from home if you can

Read more about the Alert Levels and what they mean for you.

 

Face Coverings Remain Mandatory on Public Transport at Level 1

Everywhere in New Zealand is now at Alert Level 1.  While COVID-19 is contained at Alert Level 1, given recent cases in Auckland, it’s still worthwhile to keep a safe distance from people you don’t know. This will help to minimise the spread of COVID-19 if community transmission returns.

Key behaviours protect us all at Alert Level 1 

  • Stay at home if you’re sick - this is especially important at the moment because the risk of COVID-19 being spread in the community is much greater 
  • Keep up good handwashing practices  
  • You must wear a face covering on public transport and on domestic flights 
  • Keep tracking your movements using the COVID Tracer app and turn on the app’s Bluetooth function.  

 Find out more about Alert Level 1 on the Unite Against COVID-19 website.  

National Advisory: Tsunami Activity - Expect strong and unusual currents and unpredictable surges at the shore

We expect New Zealand coastal areas to experience strong and unusual currents and unpredictable surges at the shore following a magnitude 7.7 earthquake SOUTHEAST OF LOYALTY ISLANDS at 2021-02-11 2:20 AM. Strong currents and surges can injure and drown people. There is a danger to swimmers, surfers, people fishing, small boats and anyone in or near the water close to shore. People in or near the sea in the following areas should move out of the water, off beaches and shore areas and away from harbours, rivers and estuaries.

 

AREAS UNDER THREAT: 

From AHIPARA to BAY OF ISLANDS, 

GREAT BARRIER ISLAND and 

from MATATA to TOLAGA BAY.



ADVICE FOR PEOPLE IN AREAS UNDER THREAT:

STAY OFF THE BEACHES AND SHORE AREAS

There is no need to evacuate other areas unless directly advised by local civil defence authorities. Coastal inundation (flooding of land areas near the shore) is not expected as a result of this event.  We are advising people to:

  • Move out of the water, off beaches and shore areas and away from harbours, rivers and estuaries.
  • Do not go to the coast to watch the unusual wave activity as there may be dangerous and unpredictable surges.
  • Listen to local civil defence authorities and follow any instructions.
  • Share this information with family, neighbours and friends.

 

The first tsunami activity causing these strong currents and surges may reach New Zealand in the areas around North Cape at approximately 04:20am New Zealand Daylight Time. This may be later and the first tsunami activity may not be the most significant.

Strong and unusual currents and unpredictable surges will continue for several hours and the threat must be regarded as real until this Advisory is cancelled.

This National Advisory has been issued following an assessment of information available. The situation may change as new information becomes available. Listen to the radio or TV for updates, or check www.civildefence.govt.nz

National Advisory: Large Pacific Earthquake Being Assessed

Issued 02:40 11 February 2021 The National Emergency Management Agency has received notification of an earthquake The National Emergency Management Agency and GNS Science are currently assessing whether the earthquake has created a tsunami that could affect New Zealand.

Issued 02:40 11 February 2021

The National Emergency Management Agency has received notification of an earthquake with the following parameters:

Origin time:

1320 UTC FEB 10 2021

NZ time:

2021-02-11 02:20

Co-ordinates:

23.1 SOUTH 171.5 EAST

Depth:

33 KM

Location:

Southeast of Loyalty Islands

Magnitude:

7.9


This message is current and replaces all/any previous messages for this event.

The National Emergency Management Agency and GNS Science are currently assessing whether the earthquake has created a tsunami that could affect New Zealand.

If a tsunami has been generated in this location it is not likely to arrive in New Zealand for at least 3 hours.

This National Advisory has been issued following a rapid assessment of preliminary earthquake information. The situation may change as more information becomes available. We will send an update when we have completed a further assessment. Updates will also be published on www.civildefence.govt.nz.

Only messages issued by the National Emergency Management Agency represent the official warning status for New Zealand.

 

Useful websites:

www.civildefence.govt.nz

Twitter @NZCivilDefence

 

Issued by:

Message authorised by the National Controller.

COVID-19 Vaccination Update

Although New Zealand has been very successful at eliminating COVID-19 within our borders, the global pandemic continues. Safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines will be a vital part of how we protect the long-term health and wellbeing of New Zealanders, support our economic and social recovery and reopen our borders

 

 

  • Cabinet has set aside just under $NZ 1 billion ($NZ 983.7 million) from the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund to secure access to COVID-19 vaccines.

 

  • New Zealand is part of the global COVAX facility. This collaboration supports development, production and equal access to COVID-19 tests treatments and vaccines.

 

  • The Government has negotiated four Advance Purchase Agreements that guarantee supplies of vaccines for the entire country. These agreements are subject to the vaccines successfully completing all clinical trials and being approved by Medsafe.

 

  • The Government will also work across the Realm of New Zealand (Tokelau, Niue, Cook Islands) and our Polynesian neighbours (Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu) to support access to vaccines

 

  • Our advance purchase agreements for COVID-19 vaccines include timing for delivery of vaccines. Pharmaceutical companies are responsible for meeting delivery dates.

 

  • Three of our vaccines are two-dose:
    • Pfizer and BioNTech – 1.5 million doses of vaccine (enough for 750,000 people)
    • Oxford and AstraZeneca – 7.6 million doses of vaccine (enough for 3.8 million people)
    • Novavax – 10.72 million doses of vaccine (enough for 5.36 million people)

 

  • One of our vaccines is single dose:
    • Janssen Pharmaceutica – up to 5 million COVID-19 vaccines.

 

  • Medsafe is currently reviewing the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine. To help New Zealand get a vaccine quickly, Medsafe is prioritising this review.

 

  • As part of this process, an expert advisory committee will review Medsafe’s assessment of the vaccine’s data.

 

  • Medsafe expects to make a recommendation on the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine to the government today (Tuesday 2 February). An follow up announcement from the Prime Minister supported by the Ministry of Health and Medsafe is expected on Wednesday 3 February.

 

 

COVID-19 Vaccination rollout

 

  • The COVID-19 vaccine will be free of charge. It will not be mandatory for the New Zealand public.

 

  • Work is continuing to make sure we are ready to roll out COVID-19 vaccines as soon as they are approved by Medsafe and ready for use, and suppliers can deliver them.

 

  • The Ministry of Health is developing a framework to guide an equitable rollout of the vaccines.

 

  • A successful rollout includes protection for Māori, Pacific peoples, and our most at risk population groups, such as older people, disabled people, health workers, essential workers and border staff.

 

  • It is expected that border and MIQ workers (covered by the Required Testing Order (2020), will be the first group to receive COVID-19 vaccine because of the role they play in keeping COVID-19 out of New Zealand.

 

  • COVID-19 vaccines for the general public are expected to be available in the second half of 2021.

 

  • Even with a vaccine it will be critical that we keep up our good hygiene behaviours; washing your hands, scanning QR codes, turning Bluetooth on and staying home if you feel unwell, to keep COVID-19 out of New Zealand.

 

  • Beware of misinformation on social media and other sources. Misinformation works against us at a time when we need to work together to beat the virus. You can always find accurate and timely information on our website and through our social channels. 

 

New Zealand at COVID Alert Level 1

As New Zealanders we cherish our annual summer holidays. We all want an uninterrupted summer — uninterrupted by the weather and uninterrupted by COVID-19.

While we cannot control the weather, we can control COVID-19. Here are four simple things we can all do to keep each other safe and make our summer unstoppable.

  1. Scan QR codes
  2. Turn on Bluetooth tracing
  3. Stay home if you’re sick
  4. Wash your hands

Visit the NZ Government Covid-19 website for more updates.

Thunderstorm Watch issued for Bay of Plenty

MetService has issued a Thunderstorm Watch for the Bay of Plenty

Stay up to date at the MetService website 

Thunderstorms are expected to develop over many central and eastern parts of the North Island today. This afternoon and evening some of these storms may be severe in the south of Gisborne, much of Hawkes Bay and the far east of Taihape, Taupo and the Bay of Plenty

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning will only be issued once a severe thunderstorm exists and can be tracked my MetService weather radar. This might be 30 minutes after it developed. In other words, by the time you receive a Severe Thunderstorm Warning, there is already a severe thunderstorm.

All of New Zealand at COVID-19 Alert Level 1

As New Zealanders we cherish our annual summer holidays. We all want an uninterrupted summer — uninterrupted by the weather and uninterrupted by COVID-19.

While we cannot control the weather, we can control COVID-19. Here are four simple things we can all do to keep each other safe and make our summer unstoppable.

  1. Scan QR Codes
  2. Turn on Bluetooth tracing
  3. Stay home if you're sick
  4. Wash your hands

Visit the NZ Government Covid-19 website for updates

Thunderstorm Warning in force

Be advised, a Thunderstorm warning has been issuded for the Bay of Plenty.

See MetService website for details.

(Update at 1:30pm Monday - Risk area extended slightly). Daytime cloud buildups are expected to produce scattered heavy showers and thunderstorms about the central North Island this afternoon and evening. These thunderstorms will be accompanied by localised heavy rain and possibly small hail. About northern and eastern Waikato, inland Bay of Plenty (including Rotorua), Taupo and inland parts of Gisborne and northern Hawkes Bay, some of the thunderstorms may be severe between about 3pm and 10pm today (Monday) with localised downpours of 25-40mm/h. Rainfall of this intensity can cause surface and/or flash flooding, especially about low-lying areas such as streams, rivers or narrow valleys, and may also lead to slips. Driving conditions will also be hazardous with surface flooding and poor visibility in heavy rain.

 

 

Thunderstorm Warning in force for the Bay of Plenty

Thunderstorm Warning in force for the Bay of Plenty area.

(Update at 1:30pm Monday - Risk area extended slightly). Daytime cloud buildups are expected to produce scattered heavy showers and thunderstorms about the central North Island this afternoon and evening. These thunderstorms will be accompanied by localised heavy rain and possibly small hail. About northern and eastern Waikato, inland Bay of Plenty (including Rotorua), Taupo and inland parts of Gisborne and northern Hawkes Bay, some of the thunderstorms may be severe between about 3pm and 10pm today (Monday) with localised downpours of 25-40mm/h. Rainfall of this intensity can cause surface and/or flash flooding, especially about low-lying areas such as streams, rivers or narrow valleys, and may also lead to slips. Driving conditions will also be hazardous with surface flooding and poor visibility in heavy rain.

heavy rain warning

Heavy Rain Warning for Bay Of Plenty Area: The eastern Bay of Plenty between Kawerau and Te Kaha

Heavy rain may cause streams and rivers to rise rapidly. Surface flooding and slips are also possible and driving conditions may be hazardous.


Expect 80 to 120mm of rain in some places. This is in addition to what has already fallen this morning. Peak rates of 30 to 40mm/h expected in downpours.

Valid: 7:00am Sunday to 2:00pm Sunday Jan 3

for summer COVID-19 updates, www.covid19.govt.nz

Over the holiday break, the national COVID-19 response website and social media feeds will have the latest information. If there is an important regional update, it will feature on this website and on our Bay of Plenty Civil Defence facebook and twitter feeds. If there is any other important hazard information, for example severe weather warnings, they will also be here or on our social media feeds.

The standard national advice on COVID-19 risk reduction continues. Over the summer period, it is important to keep track of where you go. The easiest way is to use the COVID tracing app with the bluetooth upgrade, and the QR codes on display in each place you visit. 

If you cannot use the app -or choose not to- you can use a notebook.

It is a good idea to carry a hygiene kit containing sanitiser, soap and a face covering. 

 Large public gatherings and travel between regions increases the risk, so it is important to follow hygiene and safety guidelines. 

 

Summer COVID 19 Resurgence Plan

COVID-19 Resurgence Plan Ahead of the summer break, the Government has outlined its plan in the event of a resurgence of COVID-19 in the community. The Government’s approach will be to respond quickly, managing any community cases lead by New Zealand’s elimination strategy for COVID-19.

 

  • Government agencies have worked closely with local Government, iwi and community leaders as well as Civil Defence and Emergency Management and private sector to ensure a fully coordinated response.
  • The health system is standing ready and supply chains are stocked.  On call personnel will be available.
  • Extensive contingency plans are in place, developed around 3 broad scenarios.

Covid app bluetooth upgrade

Bluetooth upgrade for NZ COVID Tracer app The NZ COVID Tracer app has been updated to include Bluetooth tracing technology. Bluetooth is an additional tool that helps to speed up contact tracing. It allows app users to receive an alert if they have been near another app user who tests positive for COVID-19.

We still need to continue to scan QR codes wherever we go, and businesses, services and public transport providers must keep displaying their QR code posters at all alert levels. 

QR codes allow us to create a private record of places we’ve been, while Bluetooth creates an anonymised record of people we’ve been near. 

Combined, the two systems complement the work done by our public health units and the National Investigation and Tracing Centre to rapidly identify and isolate close contacts. 

Bluetooth tracing on your phone works by exchanging randomised ‘keys’ with other phones that are also using Bluetooth tracing. The keys do not include any information about who you are or where you were. You will need to enable it on the app for it to work.

Privacy has been a top priority throughout the development of the NZ COVID Tracer app, and this remains true with Bluetooth tracing. All the contact tracing information you collect with the app is held securely on your phone, and it’s your choice what information you choose to share. 

The app is endorsed by the Privacy Commissioner, and the Ministry of Health is releasing the source code so New Zealanders can see how their information is managed. 

More information can be found on the Ministry of Health and the Unite Against COVID-19 websites.

Watch our Bluetooth tracing video

NZ COVID Tracer update

NZ COVID Tracer now has 2,396,500 registered users.

Poster scans have reached 135,441,911 and users have created 5,449,443 manual diary entries.

Criteria widened for emergency applications for managed isolation

The range of circumstances for people who need to apply for an emergency allocation in managed isolation to travel to New Zealand urgently has been widened.

Emergency allocation applications will now be prioritised depending on two categories that reflect the most urgent and time-critical situations which may require travel to New Zealand.  

To be eligible for an emergency allocation, the applicant must be legally entitled to enter New Zealand, willing to travel within seven days of applying, have evidence to support their application, and be prepared to complete their 14 days managed isolation.   

Visit the emergency allocation request page on the MIQ website to learn more.

Stay home if you are sick

Staying at home if you’re sick is still the best thing you can do to stop any future spread of COVID-19. 

If you’re feeling unwell, it’s critical you stay at home and recover. 

If you have cold, flu or COVID-19 symptoms, stay home and call your doctor or Healthline on 0800 358 5453 for advice about getting tested. 

By getting a test, you’re helping keep your community safe. Testing is always free for everyone. 

All of New Zealand at COVID alert level 1 (1)

As we head into summer, more people will be travelling between regions for gatherings with friends and whanau, festivals and sports events. You may notice people handing out sanitiser and face coverings at large events. For up to date information, always go to www.covid19.co.nz

The standard rules and guidelines apply as we move into the holiday period. 

Please stay away from others if you are sick and have a test if you are symptomatic or you have been told to by a health professional. Call your GP (don't just turn up) or Healthline if you think you need a test. 

Practice good hand and cough hygiene. 

New Zealand has plans for a vaccine rollout in 2021 but it is important to protect our hard-won gains. 

 

All of New Zealand at COVID alert level 1

As New Zealanders we cherish our annual summer holidays. We all want an uninterrupted summer — uninterrupted by the weather and uninterrupted by COVID-19.

While we cannot control the weather, we can control COVID-19. Here are four simple things we can all do to keep each other safe and make our summer unstoppable.

  1. Scan QR codes
  2. Turn on Bluetooth tracing
  3. Stay home if you’re sick
  4. Wash your hands

 

Visit the NZ Government Covid-19 website for more updates.