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All of Aotearoa New Zealand is at COVID RED until further notice.

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NATIONAL ADVISORY: NEMA has assessed that the earthquake is unlikely to have caused a tsunami that will affect New Zealand.

UPDATE: NEMA has assessed the information with the assistance of science advisors. Based on current information, the assessment is that the earthquake is unlikely to have caused a tsunami that will affect New Zealand. NATIONAL ADVISORY: Earthquake Being Assessed A magnitude M6.6 earthquake has occurred at/in KERMADEC ISLANDS REGION. NEMA and GNS Science are assessing the earthquake parameters to determine if there is a tsunami risk to New Zealand.

People in coastal areas should:

  1. Listen to the radio and/or TV for updates, and NZCivilDefence Twitter
  1. Listen to local Civil Defence authorities
  1. Stay out of the water (sea, rivers and estuaries, this includes boats)
  1. Stay off beaches and shore areas
  1. Do not go sightseeing
  1. Share this information with family, neighbours and friends

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.

Life at RED

The Covid Protection Framework RED setting does not involve lockdowns or closures, however it does limit gathering sizes and requires mase use, social distancing etc. https://covid19.govt.nz/traffic-lights/life-at-red/ The RED setting is in place because of community transmission of the Omicron variant of COVID 19. Health authorities are expecting widespread transmission and many people may be required to stay at home while positive (or if they are a close contact). People are advise to make a Covid preparedness plan: https://covid19.govt.nz/assets/resources/posters/COVID-19-Readiness-Checklist.pdf

While the number of community cases remains low, the contact tracing system will operate as it has until now. However the Government has outlined progressive changes to tracing and care in the community as the number of cases grows:

Phase one will include the period where there are 1000 cases a day or less.This initial stage is expected to last up to 14 days.

At this stage, the familiar 'stamp it out' approach will be used:

Contact tracing, isolation, and everyone who is symptomatic should be tested at a community testing station or primary health provider.

PCR will continue to be used, but authorities will begin to use Rapid Antigen Tests at these sites.

Positive cases will need to isolate for 14 days, contacts for 10 days.


Stage Two will be a transition stage where the system will start to focus more on identifying people at greater risk of severe illness from Omicron. This will will be a smaller percentage of cases.


At the third stage, when cases are in the thousands, there will be changes to contact tracing, the definition of contacts and isolation requirements.

Details of this stage of the outbreak will be provided on Wednesday 26 January. The Government does not expect to be at this stage for a few weeks.

Through the course of each stage, a 'test to work' regime will apply to essential workforces.

All of New Zealand moves to RED traffic light setting from midnight Sunday

New Zealand will move into the Red setting of the traffic light system at 11.59pm tonight, Sunday 23 January. The Ministry of health is strongly recommending boosters for anyone over the age of 18 who had their second dose of the vaccine at least four months ago. It is are also asking parents with children aged 5-11 years to get all the information they need for vaccination. As part of preparations for Omicron please check your details are up to date with your regular healthcare provider and in the COVID-19 Tracer app.

  • Wear a face covering wherever you go. These are mandatory on flights, public transport, taxis, retail, and public venues.
  • With a My Vaccine Pass, you can visit cafes and bars, attend gatherings and events, and visit close contact businesses like hairdressers. Some limits like capacity and distancing requirements will apply.
  • Without My Vaccine Pass, there are more restrictions in place. For example, you can't visit close contact businesses like hairdressers or gyms, attend events like concerts, or dine in at cafes and restaurants.
  • Workplaces and schools are open — public health measures will be in place
  • Keep scanning QR codes and recordkeeping wherever you go
  • Keep physically distanced wherever possible
  • If you have cold or flu symtoms, isolate immediately and call Healthline for advice about a test

CPF/Traffic Light RED setting will apply when Omicron variant is in the communiuty

The highly-transmissible Omicron Variant of COVID 19 is expected to emerge in the community soon. When that happens, The Government has signalled that all of Aotearoa New Zealand will move itnto the RED setting. This setting does not require lockdowns. People are encouraged to think about how to care for themselves and whanau at home. https://covid19.govt.nz/prepare-and-stay-safe/be-prepared-for-covid-19/


People are also encouraged to ensure their COVID 19 vaccinations are up to date.

Boosters are available 4 months after the second dose and children aged 5-11 are now eligible for their first dose of the paediatric vaccine.


Locations of where to get tested or vaccinated can be found here: https://www.healthpoint.co.nz/


Alert level 'Delta 2' restrictions continue for rest of Aotearoa/New Zealand. While Auckland is at Alert Level 3

The rest of the country will remain at Alert Level 2 as long as Auckland remains at a higher Alert Level.

People need to watch for symptoms of COVID-19 and call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 if they develop any symptoms.

If someone has worked, been in a household or attended an indoor gathering where someone confirmed with COVID-19 has visited, they must stay home, monitor symptoms of COVID-19, call Healthline if feeling unwell and check locations of interest here.