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Quarantine-free travel from Victoria to New Zealand is paused

Anyone who has been in the state of Victoria after 1:59am (NZT) on Friday 16 July cannot travel to New Zealand. Quarantine-free travel from Victoria to New Zealand is paused.

  • If you're in Victoria, follow local health guidance.
  • If you have been at a location of interest, you cannot travel to New Zealand from anywhere in Australia until 14 days after you were at the location of interest.
  • Quarantine-free travel from New South Wales (NSW) remains paused.
  • Managed return flights from NSW are running. These travellers have to go into MIQ.

Managed return flights from NSW

Travel information for Victoria

Travel update from NSW to NZ

Managed return flights will start bringing people home from Sydney have begun. On arrival travelers will go into Managed Isolation for 14 days. Airlines will prioritize those who have been waiting the longest. There will be approximately 1,000 Managed Isolation rooms made available across the next two weeks. Not all rooms will be available immediately. More rooms will be available after the initial two week emergency allocation.

 

Immigration requirements for managed return flights

  • New Zealand citizens.
  • New Zealand permanent residents or resident visa holders.
  • Citizens of Australia or persons who hold current permanent residence visas (including a resident return visa) issued by the Government of Australia who last departed New Zealand after 5 April 2021.
  • Holders of New Zealand temporary visas who last departed New Zealand after 5 April 2021.
  • Spouses, civil union partners, de facto partners, dependent children or parents of dependent children of any of the above categories.
 

How to book

Bookings need to be completed directly with airlines. Flights with Air New Zealand can be booked via their website from 10am (NZT) on Monday 12 July. Qantas will reach out to customers with existing bookings from Sydney to New Zealand and will provide a priority phone number from Monday 12 July.

Air New Zealand website(external link)

People are automatically assigned a place in managed isolation once they are booked on a managed return flight. They do not need to book a place in a managed isolation facility via the online booking system.

 

Travellers with an urgent or exceptional need

A certain portion of seats will be made available for travellers with an urgent or exceptional need who meet certain criteria. This includes healthcare or childcare needs, providing critical care for dependants, financial hardship or compassionate grounds. The full list of eligibility requirements can be found on the Unite against COVID-19 website.

Travellers with an urgent or exceptional need who meet certain criteria

The Government has set up a call centre for travellers with an urgent or exceptional need to return to New Zealand.

 

Travel pause continues with New South Wales and Queensland

• The lockdown in NSW has been extended until 11:59pm on Friday 16 July. • The current pause on QFT travel from NSW to New Zealand remains in place. • QFT from Queensland to New Zealand remains paused and is under continuous review. • Green flights from NSW and QLD can commence from 11:59pm, Friday 9 July

Q: Who is eligible for travel to NZ on return green flights?

• New Zealand citizens and holders of New Zealand residence class visas; 

• Citizens of Australia or persons who hold current permanent residence visas (including a resident return visa) issued by the Government of Australia who last departed New Zealand on or after 5 April 2021

  • Holders of temporary visas who last departed New Zealand on or after 5 April 2021

  • Spouses, civil union partners, de facto partners, dependent children, or parents of dependent children of any of the above categories. 

 

Q: I’m a NZ citizen, but living in Australia. Can I still fly home on return green flights?

Yes. New Zealand Citizens are welcome home at any time.

Q: What are the requirements prior to boarding a ‘return green flight’?

Travellers wanting to return to New Zealand on a return green flight must:

• present acceptable documentation of a negative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) or RT-PCT pre-departure test within 72 hours of scheduled ‘green flight’ departure or received required certification from a medical practitioner.

• meet all the standard public health requirements which include making a declaration that they have not been in a location of interest in the past 14 days, are not symptomatic, are not a close contact (anyone who was at a location of interest at the same time as a person with COVID-19 is considered a contact) and are not awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test.

Upon return to New Zealand travellers are asked to monitor closely for any COVID19 symptoms for seven days after arrival in New Zealand and will be reminded to diligently keep contact tracing records using the COVID Tracer App or another form of diary.

Q: Do ‘return green flight’ returnees need to go into MIQ?

No, you do not need to go into managed isolation when you arrive in New Zealand.

Q: How long will ‘green flights’ continue for?

When the travel pause is lifted for selected states and territories, return ‘green flights’ will end.

Q: What’s the process for ‘green flights’ at NZ airports?

Return flights would operate through the green zone, with passengers being processed at the airport at the same time as other travellers.

Q: Who pays for the cost of ‘green flights’?

Travellers must pay for their own ‘green flights’ and pre-departure tests.

Q: What happens if I travel without the correct documentation?

If you cannot provide the appropriate documentation, you may be denied boarding. Travellers entering New Zealand, may also need to present documentation to a Customs Officer. Travellers that do not have the appropriate documentation or have provided misleading information, may be asked to go into Managed Isolation. All travellers arriving in New Zealand without evidence of a negative approved test may be transferred to a Managed Isolation and Quarantine Facility for 14 days.

 

Quarantine-Free Travel to resume with WA and NT

Q: What is happening?

On Friday 9 July at 11:59pm Quarantine-Free Travel for people from Western Australia and Northern Territory will resume. QFT flights have already resumed with Melbourne, Adelaide, Hobart (and transit from ACT) on Sunday 4 July at 11:59pm.

Q: Why is this happening?

Health advice indicates the spread of COVID-19 cases in those states has been contained at this point. Robust surveillance, testing and contact tracing is in place to detect and manage cases, and adequate border controls help to prevent the spread of new cases. All passengers must present evidence of a negative pre-departure test, taken within 72 hours, prior to boarding.

Q: How will this work?

At this time, all travellers eligible to fly to New Zealand from Australia are required to have a pre-departure test within 72 hours of departure. To be eligible to fly, travellers must:

• provide a negative pre-departure test. A PCR or RT-PCR COVID-19 is the only type of test accepted. Pre-departure testing and result certificates required for travel clearance are provided by pathology clinics.

• confirm they have not been in New South Wales or Queensland on or after 10:30pm (NZT) on 26 June.

• additionally, travellers must wear face coverings on the aircraft and at the airport.

Q: Can I transit through Queensland or NSW?

Travellers are not permitted to transit via NSW or QLD by air or land.

Q: Why do I have to get a PDT?

Pre-departure testing is an additional measure to further reduce the risk of new COVID-19 cases in New Zealand, in line with our elimination strategy. It is complementary to existing testing requirements. It is also one of the ways we are reducing the risk of infection from people travelling on international flights. Pre-departure testing is already a requirement for those travelling to NZ from high-risk countries and we introduced it for Victoria during the state’s recent quarantine-free pause.

Q: Will everyone be checked for their test before they board their flight?

This is a high-trust model relying on travellers being to do the right thing. Passengers must keep evidence of a negative PDT on them as it can be checked at any time during their journey, including when people land in NZ. Failure to produce evidence could result in denied boarding or penalties on arrival in NZ.

Q: What kind of evidence do people need to have?

Testing labs must be able to issue a dated report for passengers to present. It should include:

• traveller’s name

• traveller’s date of birth and/or passport number

• date and time the test was conducted

• name of testing lab

• test type

• test result Either a hard copy or an electronic copy (email/text message) of your negative test result, or a Fit to Fly Certificate, will be accepted. A text message will be accepted only if it includes an image of the laboratory result form. Passengers also to have completed a Nau Mai Rā contact information from and a health declaration.

Q: What will happen if I don’t have a PDT?

It means you won’t meet the entry requirements so you will either be prevented boarding your flight or if you do land in NZ with our evidence of a test, you will be required to stay in Managed Isolation and Quarantine for two weeks.

Q: What are the exemptions from needing to provide a pre-departure test:

• children under two-years-old

• people who have been in Australia for less than 72 hours

• people who are travelling to New Zealand for less than three days.

People who are exempt from providing a pre-departure test must monitor for COVID-19 symptoms. If you start to feel unwell, isolate immediately and get a test. If you cannot take a test due to medical reasons, you will need to get a medical certificate from a medical practitioner within 72 hours of your departure. The reason PDT is not  required for people who have been in Australia for less than 72 hours because it’s unlikely a traveller could become infectious and return a positive result in this period.

Q: I’ve had one or more shots of a Covid vaccine, do I still need to get a PDT?

You must get a PDT regardless of your vaccination status.

Q: What is the advice for New Zealanders stuck in Australia?

Travellers currently in any state or territory in Australia cannot travel to New Zealand while there is a pause on Quarantine-Free Travel. New Zealanders in Australia should follow the public heath advice of specific state they are in:

• Regularly check the states’ health advice and their locations of interest lists;

• Register for SafeTravel on www.safetravel.govt.nz to receive the latest official advice if the situation changes.

Anyone who has been at a location of interest anywhere in Australia at the times specified:

• MUST NOT travel to New Zealand within 14 days from when you were at the location of interest.

• isolate and follow the health advice of the state government in Australia. use the local COVID tracer app for the region they are visiting to get local information and advice

Quarantine Free Travel with some parts of Australia to be lifted

The pause on Quarantine Free Travel from South Australia, ACT, Tasmania and Victoria will be lifted at 11.59pm (NZT) on Sunday. Evidence of a negative pre-departure test will be required before travellers are able to fly to New Zealand, and travellers must not have been in Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia on or after 10:30pm (NZT) on 26 June 2021. They must also not have been in New South Wales on or after 11:59pm (NZT) on 22 June.day 4 July

 

 

 

 

The pause with Western Australia, Northern Territory, New South Wales and Queensland will remain in place so that outstanding test results can be returned and to give New Zealand time to assess next steps. This will be reviewed again on Tuesday 6 July.

 

 

A risk assessment has been completed for each state and territory. New South Wales is currently seen as the most risk, Queensland, Western Australia and Northern Territory are higher risk than we are comfortable with, and South Australia, ACT, Tasmania and Victoria are consistent with our green flights category.

 

Travellers must have a test no more than 72 hours before their scheduled departure time, which means they have to have a sample taken and result returned within the three day time period.

 

Passengers should also:

 

  • understand the current public health measures that are in place,
  • wear face coverings on the aircraft and at the airport,
  • make a health declaration,
  • know they are subject to random temperature checks.
  • know the importance of downloading the COVID tracer app, and
  • self-isolate and be tested immediately if they have any symptoms of illness.

The Government will keep the pre-departure test requirement under review.

 

Further details of pre-departure requirements can be found on the COVID-19 website.

 

Australia/NZ travel bubble paused

Quarantine Free Travel from all Australian states and territories will be paused until 11.59pm (NZT) on Tuesday 29 June. There are now multiple cases and outbreaks in Australia in differing stages of containment and the health risk for New Zealand in response to these cases is increasing. This short pause will give us time to get a better understanding of the developing situation and to consider the potential implementation of a range of measures to make the bubble safer, such as the introduction of pre-departure testing for all flights from Australia to New Zealand. The pause will be reviewed on Monday. There are no community cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand The Alert Level 2 settings for the Wellington region remain in place. Please check the Quarantine-Free Travel page on the Unite Against COVID-19 website regularly for the most up-to-date information. Advice for recent returnees from Australia, people from New Zealand currently in Australia and everyone in New Zealand is below.

Advice for recent returnees to New Zealand

Anyone who was in Australia from June 21 onwards should monitor their health, and be aware that the number of locations of interest are increasing and they should be checking these regularly.

If you have recently been in Australia, there is a chance that you could have been exposed to COVID-19.

To help us keep New Zealand COVID-19 free and protect our communities, please:

  • regularly check and follow the latest Ministry of Health advice
  • isolate and call Healthline (0800 358 5453) to arrange a test if you have COVID-19 symptoms. Testing is free for everyone in New Zealand who has been directed to get tested by a medical professional

Advice for people from NZ in Australia

If you are currently in Australia you cannot travel to New Zealand.

For now, you should:

  • register for SafeTravel on www.safetravel.govt.nz to receive the latest official advice if the situation changes.

Advice for everyone in New Zealand

Everyone needs to do their bit to stop COVID-19 from re-entering our communities. This means you need to:

  • regularly check and follow the latest Ministry of Health advice
  • stay home and call Healthline (0800 358 5453) to arrange a test if you have COVID-19 symptoms. Testing is free for everyone in New Zealand who has been directed to get tested by a medical professional
  • turn on Bluetooth tracing and keep track of where you have been with the NZ COVID Tracer app
  • wash your hands often with soap and hot water
  • wear a face covering on all public transport and when physical distancing is difficult.

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The pause on Quarantine Free Travel from New South Wales to New Zealand will continue for a further 12 days

Wellington remains at COVID alert level 2. Visitors to Wellington last weekend are urged to continually check locations of interest on the Ministry of Health website. It is important for those most at risk from COVID-19 to be tested first. Anyone who was at a location of interest or is symptomatic should ring Healthline on 0800 358 5453 for advice on testing and how to book a test.

Check locations of interest page on the Ministry of Health website.

Anyone who has been at a location of interest published by the Ministry of Health, follow the guidance on the same page as to what you should do.

Anyone who has NOT been at a location of interest but has been in contact with someone who has been at a location of interest; does NOT need to self-isolate, but must monitor themselves for symptoms.

 

If you do get symptoms:

  • stay home
  • call Healthline for advice about getting a test
  • get tested.

Stay at home until you get a negative test result and it has been 24 hours since you've had any symptoms.

Large Number of Locations of Interest- Wellington moving to level 2 from 6 pm Jun 23

People who visited Wellington between June 19-21 should check locations of interest and follow health advice: https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-health-advice-public/contact-tracing-covid-19/covid-19-contact-tracing-locations-interest If you have symptoms or have been in a location of interest on the specified dates, call your doctor or Healthline.

Vaccine rollout- you will be contacted when you are eligible for your COVID 19 vaccine

When an age band is announced, eligible people will receive an invitation from the Ministry of Health (via text, email, mail or phone) at the appropriate time to make a booking. Eligible people will be able to use the national booking system to book an appointment or contact the national vaccine centre.

 

From 28 July, the invitation will direct eligible people to Book My Vaccine, the new online national booking tool, or to the new national vaccination booking call centre. People will be asked to book both of their vaccinations with a three-week gap between doses.

 

Those who are worried their details may not be up to date, or who just don’t want to miss when they’re eligible, can visit Book My Vaccine from the end of July and register their details. Efforts will be made through all campaign channels to inform everyone in New Zealand of when they will be eligible for a vaccine.

 

In addition to the age bands, from August work sites will be used to vaccinate hard-to-reach workforces and mass vaccination events will be run to ensure we are reaching everyone who is eligible at any given time. These events will focus on high-risk groups and addressing equity considerations.

 

Due to location and population size, some rural or isolated communities will be vaccinated all at once.

 

Vaccine Rollout Continues Across Aotearoa New Zealand

The vaccine rollout is now tracking 10 percent ahead of plan. 750,000 doses of the vaccine had been administered across New Zealand as of midnight Wednesday – an increase of more than 107,000 doses on this time last week. Of the 750,000 doses, almost 500,000 people have received their first doses. More 276,000 people are now fully vaccinated. Overall, we’re now tracking 10 percent ahead of plan, another increase on last week. Visit the Ministry of Health website for the most up-to-date data and statistics about the vaccine rollout.

Vaccine rollout logistics; A South Island vaccination hub will be set up and additional freezers have been purchased to support vaccine rollout.  17 new ultra-low temperature freezers  will help further prepare New Zealand for the ramp up of the vaccination programme in the second half of this year.

The freezers (costing $20,000 apiece) are currently being tested and accredited and will be ready for use by the end of this month.

5 are in Christchurch and 12 will be based in Auckland, bringing the total number to 26 freezers – 23 operating and three as back-up – across New Zealand.

This will be enough storage for four million doses at any one time.

Having an additional vaccination hub and back-up freezers prepares New Zealand for any potential risks, such as earthquakes or other major disruptions to the roll-out.

All shipments of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine currently go to Auckland, but as larger shipments start to arrive they will be flown direct to both Auckland and Christchurch for packing and distribution.

Travel to Victoria suspended, isolation required for returnees

The pause on one-way Quarantine-Free Travel (QFT) from Victoria to New Zealand will continue until 7.59pm (NZT) Friday 4 June. This is due to Victoria going into a 7-day lockdown from 11:59pm (AEST) Thursday night. The pause extension is based on the public health risk assessment to further protect New Zealanders. Anyone who has been in the state of Victoria after 7:59pm (NZT) on 25 May cannot travel to New Zealand from anywhere in Australia until further advised.

The New Zealand Director-General of Health is now requiring anyone in New Zealand, who has visited the Greater Melbourne area since 20 May, to isolate at their place of residence until they receive a negative COVID-19 test result.  

In New Zealand, if you're advised by a health professional, the COVID-19 test is free. 

Travellers currently in Victoria should follow the instructions of Victorian authorities.

For more information, visit Unite Against COVID-19. 

 

Key public health behaviours to keep us all safe

Extending the pause on QFT is a timely reminder to everyone in New Zealand to keep practising the public health behaviours that will help keep us safe in the event of new community cases of COVID-19.

These include wearing a face covering on public transport and flights and downloading the NZ COVID Tracer app.

Download the NZ COVID Tracer app.  

·         Apple: NZ COVID Tracer 

·         Android: NZ COVID Tracer 

Alternatively, the link on the NZ COVID Tracer app page of the Ministry of Health website goes straight to the right app in the App Store. 

Once downloaded, please also turn on Bluetooth. This means if you have visited a place around the same time as someone later identified as having COVID-19, you will receive an alert through the app with information on how to stay safe. 

Scan QR codes everywhere you visit, this keeps an electronic diary of everywhere you've been.

If you are unable to download NZ COVID Tracer app, we encourage you to use the NZ COVID tracer booklet, or keep track of where you have been and who you have seen in a way that works best for you.  

More information about key health behaviours at Alert Level 1 can be found on the Unite Against COVID-19 website

 

Weater warning lifted. Vaccine rollout continues.

The COVID-19 vaccine is free for everyone in New Zealand There is enough of the Pfizer vaccine for everyone to get the 2 doses they need to be protected. You’ll be offered the vaccine if you’re aged 16 or over — it doesn’t matter what your visa or citizenship status is. for more: www.covid19.govt.nz

Why getting vaccinated is important

Getting a COVID-19 vaccine is an important step you can take to protect yourself, your kaumātua and whānau from the effects of the COVID-19 virus. It’s one way we can protect the welfare and wellbeing of our communities from COVID-19.

How the COVID-19 vaccine protects you

COVID-19 can cause serious illness or death in some people. The COVID-19 vaccine stimulates your body’s immune system to produce antibodies and other proteins that will fight the virus if you’re exposed to it.

The vaccine helps prevents you from getting infected and having COVID-19 symptoms, or severe illness. This means you could have no COVID-19 symptoms or will have much fewer, milder symptoms and recover faster.

Severe Weather Warnings for Bay Of Plenty and Rotorua

Issued at: 9:12am Monday, 24th May 2021 a Strong Wind Warning remains in force for eastern Bay of Plenty and Gisborne north of Ruatoriaand the area near the ranges of eastern Bay of Plenty, eastern Taupo, eastern Taihape and inland Hawkes Bay between Opotiki and the Napier-Taihape Road. People are advised to keep up to date with the latest forecasts in case any changes are made.

Strong wind gusts could damage trees, powerlines and unsecured structures. Driving may be hazardous, especially for high-sided vehicles and motorcycles.
Severe gale southeasterlies in exposed places at times, with gusts reaching 120km/h.
Valid: 9:00am Monday to 1:00am Tuesday
keep an eye on metservice https://www.metservice.com/warnings/home

BOP Leaders Unanimously Back Vaccine Rollout

Leaders of all Bay of Plenty district, regional and city councils are in unified support of the COVID-19 vaccination programme. The region’s elected officials were updated on the vaccination programme at the latest meeting of the Bay of Plenty Civil Defence Emergency Management Group’s Joint Committee. Bay of Plenty Regional Councillor and committee Chair David Love, says the endorsement makes sense on every level: “Vaccination is a core part of protecting and restoring the Bay of Plenty’s economic and social health, as well as looking after our people and at-risk communities, so we all need to do our bit.”

 

As well as Councillor Love, the mayors of Ōpōtiki, Kawerau, Whakatāne, Rotorua and Western Bay of Plenty, and commissioners from Tauranga City, agreed to actively endorse the work of the Ministry of Health, Bay of Plenty and Lakes DHBs and Toi Te Ora, the Public Health Unit for both DHBs.

 

Cr David Love, says the COVID-19 crisis remains a significant issue for the region:

 

“Our communities have shown amazing spirit and support for each other – especially during the higher alert levels. But to beat this thing properly we all need to support the vaccine rollout and encourage each other to get the jab when we are called up.”

 

Dr Phil Shoemack, Medical Officer of Health for Toi Te Ora Public Health, briefed the committee on the region’s vaccine rollout which he confirmed is progressing according to plan since vaccination of border workers at the isolation hotels in Rotorua, and at the Port of Tauranga, started in March. 

 

“We’re now currently vaccinating those most at risk of becoming very sick should they contract COVID-19, including Maori and Pacific Kaumatua and their whanau.

 

“Vaccination teams at the Bay of Plenty and Lakes District Health Boards’ are also taking bookings for anyone aged over 65 years living in the Western Bay of Plenty, Eastern Bay, Rotorua and Lakes districts, including Taupo.”

 

Dr Shoemack says he expects vaccination of the general population to start in July and encourages people to regularly check the Bay of Plenty and Lakes District Health Boards websites for latest updates.

 

Councillor Love is confident local businesses and organisations will echo the regional leaders’ call:

 

“The sooner we all get vaccinated, the sooner we can put this virus behind us. I’m confident the Bay of Plenty can show the rest of the country how it’s done- with kotahitanga, manaakitanga and aroha.”

 

International Travel Update and Vaccine Rollout

The Covid 19 Pfizer vaccine rollout continues for higher-risk groups in our communities. Vaccination for the general public will be available from mid-year. You will hear more about how to get a vaccine closer to the time. If you are in a high-risk group, you will get information from your GP or other health provider when you are able to access the vaccine. Click below for information on quarantine-free travel to the Cook Islands which starts from May 16.

Two-way quarantine-free travel (QFT) between New Zealand and the Cook Islands will commence at 11:59pm (NZT) on 16 May.

If you are eligible to travel to the Cook Islands, you must meet the following criteria:

 

·       You need to spend the 14 full days before your date of departure in either New Zealand or the Cook Islands. Note this means you can travel from day 15 onwards.

·       You have not had a positive COVID-19 test in the 14 days before you depart. If you have, you must have written advice from a health practitioner that you are no longer infectious.

·       You are not waiting for the results of a COVID-19 test taken in the past 14 days.

·       Wear a face covering in your departure and arrival airports and in-flight.

 

On arrival to the Cook Islands, you must do two things to keep track of where you have been. 

1.       Register for your unique CookSafe QR Card

 

When you arrive, register for your unique CookSafe QR Card, which is a physical card you should keep with you at all times. CookSafe stations will be set up at most locations, and you should use your QR Card to scan in.

Register for your QR Card at Rarotonga International Airport or the Tourism Visitor Information Centre in town.

More information about the CookSafe QR Card

 

2.       Download the CookSafe+ app and turn on Bluetooth tracing

 

CookSafe+ uses Bluetooth technology, and it works in the same way as Bluetooth tracing on our NZ COVID Tracer app. The CookSafe+ app does not remove the need to scan in with your CookSafe QR Card. Remember to take your card with you everywhere you go.

 

For more information about the CookSafe+ app visit the Unite Against COVID-19 website.

 

COVID 19 Vaccine rollout continues (1)

The current focus is on vaccinating the estimated 480,000 people in Group 2. Group 2 includes high-risk frontline workforces, staff and residents at aged residential care facilities, and older Māori and Pacific people cared for by whānau and the people they live with and their carers.   This group also includes anyone who lives in the Counties Manukau DHB area who is aged 65+ or has a relevant underlying health condition or disability. The three DHBs in Auckland are gearing up to start vaccinating this group from next week.  It’s also the time of year when many people – especially seniors – are getting the flu vaccination. Factoring in when flu injections are being administered in our aged residential care facilities is a major consideration for the teams of COVID-19 vaccinators.     The Ministry of Health recommends a two-week gap between getting your flu vaccine and your of COVID-19 vaccine.

Vaccine scams and inaccurate information

Inaccurate information about the COVID-19 vaccine, whether intentional (disinformation) or accidental (misinformation), could seriously impact the COVID-19 immunisation programme. 

Cyber security agency CERT NZ is collating instances of COVID-19 vaccine mis/ and disinformation.   

If you see any examples of mis/disinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine, whether it’s online or a physical document, you can report it to CERT NZ 

CERT NZ has already received reports of misinformation, including emails and physical leaflet drops.   

Stopping the spread of mis/disinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine will limit any potential confusion for New Zealanders and help them to make informed decisions about the vaccine. 

Check the Unite Against COVID-19 website for up-to-date information on the vaccine rollout.  

 

Resources

Where to find trustworthy information about vaccines:

Unite Against COVID-19

Vaccine information from Unite Against COVID-19

Ministry of Health

Vaccine information from the Ministry of Health.

The Immunisation Advisory Centre (IMAC)

IMAC is a nationwide organisation based at the School of Population Health at The University of Auckland. It provides independent, factual information based on international and New Zealand scientific research about vaccine-preventable diseases the benefits and risks of immunisation. 

 

Quarantine-free travel between Aotearoa New Zealand and Australia now underway

From 19 April, people can travel between Australia and New Zealand without having to go into a managed isolation facility. https://covid19.govt.nz/travel-and-the-border/quarantine-free-travel/quarantine-free-travel-with-australia/how-a-covid-19-case-in-australia-would-be-managed-quarantine-free-travel/ https://covid19.govt.nz/assets/resources/fact-sheets/COVID-19-How-a-COVID-19-case-in-Australia-would-be-managed.pdf https://covid19.govt.nz/travel-and-the-border/quarantine-free-travel/

 

When travelling: 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes, throw used tissues away and then wash your hands.
  • Keep your distance from others.

 

If you feel unwell, stay in your accommodation and call a doctor for advice.

If you want to talk to someone about your symptoms, call the National coronavirus and COVID-19 vaccine helpline on 1800 020 080. Calls are free from Australia, and you can call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

There is an Australia-wide contact tracing app, but most states and territories use their own apps. Download and use the app for wherever you are to keep yourself, your whānau and the communities you’re visiting safe.

You can download and use most of these apps with a New Zealand SIM card. You may need an Australian SIM card or Australian contact details to use some of these apps.

We recommend you keep the apps on your phone for up to 1 month, in case you receive an alert after you've left the state.

If you cannot or choose not to use an app, make sure you sign in to businesses and venues with their alternative contact tracing system. 

If you cannot or choose not to use these apps, you need to to sign in to businesses and venues with their alternative contact tracing system.

If you wish, you can also keep track of where you’ve been with your own pen and paper, a photo record or you could take a copy of the NZ COVID Tracer booklet with you.

Follow the guidance for the state you’re in

Each state or territory has its own rules, for example for gatherings, physical distancing, face coverings, testing and travel.

Check the website of the state you’re in to find out what you need to do when you’re there.

 

Covid 19 vaccine rollout continues

Find out when you can expect to get your free COVID-19 vaccine at https://covid19.govt.nz/health-and-wellbeing/covid-19-vaccines/getting-a-covid-19-vaccine/find-out-when-you-can-get-a-vaccine/ You don’t need to provide any information that could be used to identify you, and the survey information isn’t saved once you leave the web page.

We are on track to deliver more than 1 million Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine doses to people in our priority groups by the end of June.

Rollout to Group 3 starts in late May and includes people aged 65+, and people with underlying medical conditions.  

This estimate is based on DHB reporting and is published in the weekly data updates on the online vaccination dashboard on the Ministry of Health website.  

In the last 24 hours, 7,695 doses have been given. First doses of the vaccine have been given to 34,378 people in the past week.  

 

Vaccine and testing requirements for MIQ workers

By 1 May, all Managed Isolation and Quarantine (MIQ) workers will have had at least a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.  

Around 88.5 percent of MIQ workers have accepted a vaccination. 513 of a total workforce of 4,497 have not yet been vaccinated. Of these 513, around 25 percent are already booked to get a first dose. This will take the number of MIQ workers who have received at least one dose to comfortably above 90 percent. 

In addition to MIQ workers, all front-facing Immigration NZ staff have now either completed their vaccination course or are awaiting their second dose. 

All relevant border workers have an obligation to report for testing and be tested for COVID-19. By 1 May 2021, it will be mandatory for all employers to record their testing data on one central register.  

 

Most commonly asked vaccine questions

Can I get a vaccine if I have underlying health conditions/can I get the vaccine early?

At this stage, people with some underlying health conditions will be offered the vaccine as part of Group 3 (starting May 2021). Health conditions include, at this stage:

  • Serious and chronic respiratory conditions, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Chronic kidney/renal disease
  • Diabetes
  • Coronary heart conditions
  • Stroke
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Cancer, excluding basal and squamous skin cancers if not invasive.

Further guidelines on the eligibility of people with underlying health conditions for access to COVID-19 vaccines will be coming out soon.

Resources

Where to find trustworthy information about vaccines:

Unite Against COVID-19

Vaccine information from Unite Against COVID-19

Ministry of Health

Vaccine information from the Ministry of Health.

The Immunisation Advisory Centre (IMAC)

IMAC is a nationwide organisation based at the School of Population Health at The University of Auckland. It provides independent, factual information based on international and New Zealand scientific research about vaccine-preventable diseases the benefits and risks of immunisation. 

Vaccine information from IMAC.

 

Entry of travellers from India has been temporarily paused for two weeks

From 4pm, 11 April entry to New Zealand for all travellers on flights from India has been temporarily paused. This includes travellers holding a New Zealand passport or permanent residency. This temporary measure will remain in place until 28 April 2021.

During this period the Government will investigate options to manage the risk associated with arrivals from countries with high levels of COVID-19.
This is a temporary pause until New Zealand is better able to manage the current situation.

The 'Travel Bubble' with Australia is set to begin from midnight April 18. 

for more; www covid19.govt.nz

Parts of BOP affected by severe thunderstorm watch- Drive Carefully

Severe Thunderstorm Watch Issued by MetService at 12:29 pm Thursday 1st April 2021 Valid until: 12:00 am Friday 2nd Apr 2021 Heavy localised rain with possible thunderstorms are expected over the north of the North Island during today, with heavy rain rates of 10 to 25 mm per hour and hail likely in places. Additionally, About Northland south of Whangarei, Auckland, Waikato, Coromandel Peninsula and the Bay of Plenty west of Rotorua



There is a risk that bands of rain or possible thunderstorms could become slow
moving over areas, producing downpours of 25 to 40 mm per hour.
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.
Note: A Severe Thunderstorm Watch means conditions are favourable for severe
thunderstorms in and close to the watch area. People in these areas should be on
the lookout for threatening weather conditions and monitor for possible Severe
Thunderstorm Warnings.

Phased COVID 19 Vaccine Rollout Underway

People in New Zealand will recieve access to a COVID-19 vaccine according to which group they belong to. The first people to receive the vaccine are border and managed isolation & quarrantine workers and their whanau. Next are health workers and people whose locations put them at higher risk, followed by people with health risks (including age) and finally the general population (from June 2021).

Ninety-five percent of the border and MIQ workforce have had their first dose and a significant number have now had their second dose.

41,500 doses of the vaccine have been administered and more than 1300 vaccinators have completed the Pfizer vaccine training.

By Tuesday 30 March 2021, nearly 50 vaccination clinics will be open.

This means the focus will shift toward  high-risk frontline healthcare workers. This group includes staff who have direct contact with patients, including people who potentially have COVID-19 and/or are working with potential COVID-19 samples.

For more information on when you can get your vaccine and what group you are in, go to the Unite Against COVID-19 website.

Severe Thunderstorm Watch for Bay of Plenty lifted

Thursday 11 March 2021, 8:09pm. Severe Thunderstorm Watch for Bay Of Plenty lifted.

As at 8:09pm this evening, the Metservice has advised that the severe thunderstorm watch for the Bay of Plenty has been lifted.

Severe Thunderstorm Watch in place for the Bay of Plenty and Rotorua

As at 8:56 am Thursday 11 March - a severe thunderstorm watch in place for the Bay of Plenty and Rotorua.

Scattered thunderstorms are expected this afternoon and early evening from Waitomo and Waikato across to Taupō and Bay of Plenty.
There is a moderate risk of these thunderstorms becoming SEVERE, producing localised downpours of 25 to 40mm/hr and hail with diameter in excess of 2cm.
Please take care out there as rainfall of this intensity can cause surface and/or flash flooding.

Stay up to date and visit the Metservice website for more details. https://www.metservice.com/warnings/home

COVID-19 Update: Bay of Plenty at Alert Level 1

Sunday 07 March 6:20am At 6am this morning, Auckland has moved to COVID-19 Alert Level 2 while the Bay of Plenty (and the rest of Aotearoa) is now at Alert Level 1.

Here are four simple things we can all do to keep each other safe:

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.  www.covid19.govt.nz

 

TSUNAMI ADVISORY : CANCELLED

Friday 05 March 2021 3:45pm This message is current and replaces all/any previous messages for this event. The advice from GNS Science, based on ocean observations, is that the Beach and Marine threat has now passed for all areas. Strong and unusual currents and unpredictable surges will continue for up to another 24 hours. People should remain vigilant and take extra precautions with regards to beach and ocean activities.

Friday 05 March 2021 3:45pm

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

The advice from GNS Science, based on ocean observations, is that the Beach and Marine threat has now passed for all areas.

Strong and unusual currents and unpredictable surges will continue for up to another 24 hours. People should remain vigilant and take extra precautions with regards to beach and ocean activities.

TSUNAMI ADVISORY: Tsunami Threat downgraded.

Friday Mar 5 2:55pm The threat level is now downgraded to a Beach and Marine threat. It is now safe to return home. Tsunami Activity remains within the marine environment. We can still expect STRONG AND UNUSUAL CURRENTS AND UNPREDICTABLE SURGES AT THE SHORE. People MUST stay out of the water (sea, rivers and estuaries). STAY OFF beaches and shore areas. There's a danger to swimmers, surfers, people fishing, small boats and anyone in or near the water close to shore. For more information visit www.civildefence.govt.nz

Friday Mar 5 2:55pm

The threat level is now downgraded to a Beach and Marine threat. It is now safe to return home.

Tsunami Activity remains within the marine environment. We can still expect STRONG AND UNUSUAL CURRENTS AND UNPREDICTABLE SURGES AT THE SHORE. People MUST stay out of the water (sea, rivers and estuaries). STAY OFF beaches and shore areas. There's a danger to swimmers, surfers, people fishing, small boats and anyone in or near the water close to shore. For more information visit www.civildefence.govt.nz

TSUNAMI ACTIVITY: Expect strong and unusual currents

Issued 1:15pm 05 March 2021 This message is current and replaces all/any previous messages for this event. GNS Science has advised that the largest waves have now passed, and therefore the threat level is now downgraded to a Beach and Marine threat for all areas which were previously under Land and Marine threat. All people who evacuated can now return. The advice remains, for all areas under Beach and Marine threat, to stay off beach and shore areas.

Issued 1:15pm 05 March 2021

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

GNS Science has advised that the largest waves have now passed, and therefore the threat level is now downgraded to a Beach and Marine threat for all areas which were previously under Land and Marine threat.

All people who evacuated can now return.

The advice remains, for all areas under Beach and Marine threat, to stay off beach and shore areas.

National Warning: Tsunami Threat Message No.2

National Warning: Tsunami Threat Message No.2 Issued 9:45am 05 March 2021 This message is current and replaces all/any previous messages for this event. This is a Tsunami Warning for New Zealand coastal areas following the magnitude 8.1 earthquake near KERMADEC ISLANDS REGION. There is a LAND and MARINE TSUNAMI THREAT. An Emergency Mobile Alert has been issued to the areas under land and marine tsunami threat. Listen to local civil defence authorities and follow any instructions regarding evacuation of your area. https://www.civildefence.govt.nz/

National Warning: Tsunami Threat Message No.2

Issued 9:45am 05 March 2021

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

This is a Tsunami Warning for New Zealand coastal areas following the magnitude 8.1 earthquake near KERMADEC ISLANDS REGION.

There is a LAND and MARINE TSUNAMI THREAT. An Emergency Mobile Alert has been issued to the areas under land and marine tsunami threat. Listen to local civil defence authorities and follow any instructions regarding evacuation of your area. https://www.civildefence.govt.nz/

AREAS UNDER LAND AND MARINE WARNING:

Coastal inundation (flooding of land areas) is expected in the following areas:

 The West Coast of the North Island from CAPE REINGA to AHIPARA.

The East Coast of the North Island from CAPE REINGA to WHANGAREI, from MATATA to TOLAGA BAY including Whakatane and Opotiki.

And GREAT BARRIER ISLAND.

Strong and unusual currents and unpredictable surges near the shore are expected in the following areas. This means a threat to beach, harbour, estuary and small boat activities.

The West Coast of the North Island from AHIPARA to MAKARA including the West Coast of Auckland, Manukau Harbour, New Plymouth, Whanganui and the Kapiti Coast.

The East Coast of the North Island from WHANGAREI to MATATA including Whangarei, the East Coast of Auckland, Waiheke Island, Waitemata Harbour and Tauranga, from TOLAGA BAY to LAKE FERRY including Gisborne and Napier.

The West and South Coasts of the South Island from FAREWELL SPIT to PUYSEGUR POINT including Westport, Greymouth and Hokitika.

The top of the South Island from FAREWELL SPIT to PORT UNDERWOOD including Nelson, Picton and the Marlborough Sounds.

The East and South Coasts of the South Island from the WAIPARA RIVER to the RAKAIA RIVER including Christchurch and Banks Peninsula, from the TAIERI RIVER to PUYSEGUR POINT including Invercargill.

And STEWART ISLAND.

And the CHATHAM ISLANDS.

There is no tsunami threat in all other areas.

The first waves may reach New Zealand in the areas around Lottin Point at approximately 9:49am New Zealand Daylight Time.

The severity of currents and surges will vary within a particular coastal area and over the period this warning is in effect.

The first wave may not be the largest. Tsunami activity will continue for several hours and the threat must be regarded as real until this warning is cancelled.

 People in all New Zealand coastal areas should:

  1. Listen to the radio and/or TV for updates, or check www.civildefence.govt.nz
  2. Listen to local Civil Defence authorities and follow any instructions regarding evacuation of your area
  3. Stay out of the water (sea, rivers and estuaries, this includes boats)
  4. Stay off beaches and shore areas
  5. Do not go sightseeing
  6. Share this information with family, neighbours and friends

Evacuation advice overrides the current COVID-19 Alert Level requirements. Listen to local Civil Defence authorities and follow any instructions regarding evacuation of your area. If you are told to evacuate do not stay at home. Stay 2 metres away from others if you can and if it is safe to do so. 

Only messages issued by the National Emergency Management Agency represent the official warning status for New Zealand. Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) messages do not represent the official warning status for New Zealand.

This warning will remain in effect until a cancellation message is issued by the National Emergency Management Agency

National Warning: Tsunami Threat -- immediate evacuation required for some areas

This is a Tsunami Warning for coastal areas following the magnitude 8.0 earthquake north-east of New Zealand near KERMADEC ISLANDS REGION. AREAS UNDER THREAT: People near the coast in the following areas must MOVE IMMEDIATELY to the nearest high ground, out of all tsunami evacuation zones, or as far inland as possible. DO NOT STAY AT HOME The East Coast of the North Island from the BAY OF ISLANDS to WHANGAREI, from MATATA to TOLAGA BAY including Whakatane and Opotiki, And GREAT BARRIER ISLAND. These areas are indicated in the enclosed map. The earthquake may not have been felt in some of these areas, but evacuation should be immediate as a damaging tsunami is possible. PEOPLE IN ALL OTHER AREAS who felt a LONG OR STRONG earthquake that made it hard to stand up, or lasted longer than a minute, should MOVE IMMEDIATELY to the nearest high ground, out of all tsunami evacuation zones, or as far inland as possible. Evacuation advice overrides the current COVID-19 Alert Level requirements. Listen to local Civil Defence authorities and follow any instructions regarding evacuation of your area. If you are told to evacuate do not stay at home. Stay 2 metres away from others if you can and if it is safe to do so. Do not return until an official all-clear message is given by Civil Defence.

National Warning: Tsunami Threat

 

Message No: 1

Issued 08:45 05 March 2021

 

*** THIS IS THE THIRD EARTHQUAKE THIS MORNING ***

This is a Tsunami Warning for coastal areas following the magnitude 8.0 earthquake north-east of New Zealand near KERMADEC ISLANDS REGION.

AREAS UNDER THREAT: People near the coast in the following areas must MOVE IMMEDIATELY to the nearest high ground, out of all tsunami evacuation zones, or as far inland as possible. DO NOT STAY AT HOME

The East Coast of the North Island from the BAY OF ISLANDS to WHANGAREI, from MATATA to TOLAGA BAY including Whakatane and Opotiki,

And GREAT BARRIER ISLAND.

These areas are indicated in the enclosed map. The earthquake may not have been felt in some of these areas, but evacuation should be immediate as a damaging tsunami is possible.

PEOPLE IN ALL OTHER AREAS who felt a LONG OR STRONG earthquake that made it hard to stand up, or lasted longer than a minute, should MOVE IMMEDIATELY to the nearest high ground, out of all tsunami evacuation zones, or as far inland as possible.

Evacuation advice overrides the current COVID-19 Alert Level requirements. Listen to local Civil Defence authorities and follow any instructions regarding evacuation of your area. If you are told to evacuate do not stay at home. Stay 2 metres away from others if you can and if it is safe to do so.

Do not return until an official all-clear message is given by Civil Defence.

Walk, run or cycle if at all possible to reduce the chances of getting stuck in traffic congestion.

The first wave may not be the largest. Tsunami activity will continue for several hours and the threat is real until this warning is cancelled.

The National Emergency Management Agency and GNS Science will continue to assess the threat and provide an update within an hour.

An Emergency Mobile Alert will be issued to all capable phones in the areas under threat. People who are near the coast in the AREAS UNDER THREAT listed above or near the coast and felt the earthquake LONG OR STRONG, should MOVE NOW. DO NOT WAIT for an Emergency Mobile Alert to your mobile phone, or local warnings.

People in all New Zealand coastal areas should:

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

Only messages issued by the National Emergency Management Agency represent the official warning status for New Zealand. Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) messages do not represent the official warning status for New Zealand.

This warning will remain in effect until a cancellation message is issued by the National Emergency Management Agency.

 

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.