[432], On 12 September, the Advance NZ party and Liberty March movement staged a "National Rally for Freedom" in Auckland's Aotea Square which was attended by thousands of people, including Advanced NZ party co-leaders Te Kahika and Ross. The total number of recovered had reached 1,780 while the death toll had reached 25. Butchers, bakeries and similar small-scale food retailers are considered non-essential, as similar products are readily available in supermarkets. Last 15 days The return flight would leave the same day, carrying Fijians back to Nadi. Police confirmed that they had taken enforcement action against 514 people for breaches of either the Health Act or the Civil Defence Emergency Act since Alert Level 3 came into force on midnight 28 April, prosecuting 135 and warning 342. roads, rail, ports, airports), Any entity that operates or is contracted by a, Any small passenger-service vehicle driver (who holds the relevant licence) such as ride-share or taxi drivers, Any entity providing services to keep vehicles operational for essential work purposes (e.g. [260], In September, Sehion Tours and Travels has organised several chartered flights from southern India to Auckland using a Singapore Airlines A350-900. We can move up and down alert levels. Peters confirmed that 50,000 migrant workers had already returned to their home countries after the New Zealand Government made arrangements with embassies to organise repatriation flights for their nationals. New Zealand is a popular study destination for international students and level 8 courses are often the first choice for students. It is likely the disease is not contained. This did not apply to workplaces, schools, supermarkets or public transport. [368] On 22 August, Countdown shut down two more of its supermarkets in Auckland for cleaning after health authorities confirmed that an infected individual had visited those stores. Under Level 2.5, all social gatherings including birthday parties will be limited to ten people; masks will be mandatory for all Aucklanders using public transportation; and aged care facilities will be operating under strict conditions. [65], On 14 March, ahead of the first anniversary of the Christchurch mosque shootings which resulted in the deaths of 51 people, a national remembrance service was cancelled out of concerns over the virus. She noted that a 2019 Griffith University study of journalistic best practice recommended that journalists consider the needs of those impacted by disastrous events or else they risk to cause more harm than good. [276], On 22 July, Radio New Zealand reported that a six year old Korean child had been unable to attend school since his father, a temporary visa holder, was unable to return to New Zealand due to lockdown travel restrictions. [97], On 25 March, the Speaker of the House Trevor Mallard announced that Leader of the Opposition Simon Bridges would chair a cross-party committee called the Epidemic Response Committee to scrutinise the Government's response to COVID-19. Pacific Response Coordination Team chairman Pakilau Manase Lua has stated that about 1,000 Tongan seasonal workers in NZ are facing financial difficulty due to the loss of work caused by the economic upheaval caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Vehicle washing services must only be undertaken when supporting essential services to ensure they are complying with the necessary health and safety requirements (e.g. Health Minister David Clark announced changes to the Alert Level 2 rating, allowing up to 50 people to attend funerals and tangihanga. Anyone can enrol in this qualifciation for FREE! People at high risk of severe illness (older people and those with existing medical conditions) are encouraged to stay at home where possible, and take additional precautions when leaving home. [245], On 6 April 2020, Peters announced that the Government had organised a mercy flight to rescue New Zealanders stranded in Peru. If you wish to study the New Zealand Certificate in Adult and Tertiary Teaching (Level 5) you will need to have access to a group of at least 6 adult learners in order to complete your course activities and required assessments. [539] Boag, who also admitted leaking similar information to National MP Michael Woodhouse, subsequently resigned from her position with the Helicopter Trust and her membership of the National Party. The number of active cases is the number of total confirmed and probable cases minus the number of recoveries and deaths. [550] Some people with symptoms but who did not fit these categories were not tested. [130][131], On 13 May, the Government passed the COVID-19 Public Health Response Act 2020 which gives police and other "enforcement officers" the power to enter homes and other premises without a warrant in order to enforce the Alert Level 2 lockdown. Self-service laundries can stay open, with 2-metre physical distancing to be enforced. He received a negative test for COVID-19. [122][123] Ardern also announced that schools and early childhood centres can prepare to reopen on 29 April with 28 April being designated as a teachers' only day. [263][264], On 31 March, Malaysian Deputy Foreign Minister Kamaruddin Jaffar stated that 153 Malaysians with return tickets were stranded in New Zealand but unable to return to Malaysia due to travel restrictions and disruption caused by the pandemic. [426], In response, Christchurch BLM protest organiser Will Hunter defended his decision to hold the rally, which attracted 700 people. It will be compulsory for people using public transport to wear face masks while the alert level is 2 or higher. [307][308], On 19 March, it was reported that Qantas and Jetstar were suspending their New Zealand operations as part of their efforts to suspend international flights in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The first case of the disease in New Zealand was reported on 28 February 2020. The reaction comes as some describe the four new cases and Auckland’s move to alert level 3 as “New Zealand’s worst nightmare”. Alternative ways of working encouraged where possible (e.g. Apr Whether you’re studying at secondary or tertiary level, it’s a good idea to check that your study programme will lead towards a qualification on the New Zealand Qualification Framework (NZQF), because this means it’s quality assured. [475] Television producer Robyn Patterson, writing for Newsroom, commented that the "aggressive stance of some local journalists ... is leading to a public backlash", which "elevates the anxiety levels of an already distressed public and creates deep unease". Businesses should help with rule seven by displaying a QR code. the "Imprest Supply (Third for 2019/20) Bill", which invests $52 billion into emergency spending; the "COVID-19 Response (Taxation and Social Assistance Urgent Measures) Bill", which allows the. [250], On 15 April, a Government-chartered LATAM Airlines flight carrying New Zealanders who were stranded in Peru arrived back in Auckland. He estimated there were 80,000 New Zealanders stranded overseas, of whom 17,000 had registered with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade's "Safe Travel" programme. "[164][165] Prime Minister Ardern appointed Chris Hipkins as interim Health Minister until the 2020 New Zealand general election, which at that time was scheduled for 19 September. [198], From 3 November, New Zealand returnees will not be able to board flights to New Zealand without having pre-booked hotel vouchers for staying at a managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ) facility. Students may need to finish secondary school to study at this level. [66] Ardern announced that, effective 01:00 on 16 March, all travellers arriving in or returning to New Zealand from outside of the country must self-isolate for 14 days. Apiculture New Zealand had applied to the Ministry of Health for an exemption on behalf of commercial bee keepers. COVID-19 is uncontrolled overseas. [58][59] Foreigners who left China and spent at least 14 days in another country were permitted to enter New Zealand. [404][405][406], Under the Government's Alert Level 2 restrictions which came into force on 14 May, religious gatherings have been limited to ten persons despite the Government stating that they could have a 100-person limit. It was hoped that Burger King would start trading again post-lockdown as its operating company was not in receivership. When you need definitive information about all quality assured qualifications in New Zealand, the NZQF is where you’ll find it. One was wrongly counted because their leave application was withdrawn. Starting from 10 December, the Ministry of Health provides updates on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. A graduate of a level 1 certificate is able to: demonstrate basic general and/or foundation knowledge; apply basic skills required to … A law change on 3 April made the lockdown legal. [377] In March 2020, international visitor arrivals fell 54% compared to March 2019. [534], On 14 October, a 22-year-old woman was charged with allegedly trying to escape from Auckland's Grand Millennium Hotel during three incidents in October 2020. Aug [389], A Wellington iwi placed a taupāruru (restriction) on the practice of hongi, a traditional Māori greeting, in response to the outbreak. Alert Level 1. Alert Level 2. Air New Zealand said that 5,500 people were booked to travel back to New Zealand with the airline over the next three weeks. [185], On 24 August, Ardern announced that Auckland would remain under a Level 3 lockdown until 11:59 pm on 30 August, when the city would move to Level 2 restrictions. [204], On 12 December, Prime Minister Ardern and Cook Islands Prime Minister Mark Brown announced that a travel bubble between New Zealand and the Cook Islands would be established next year, allowing two-way quarantine-free travel between the two countries. He was subsequently picked up by police and placed under armed guard at Waipuna Hotel. [533] New Zealand Public Party leader Billy Te Kahika has advocated on behalf of the woman and her family, also claiming credit for getting her sentence reduced by seven days. [166][167] Megan Woods took on responsibility for Border Management (Covid response and Quarantine). Due to lockdown restrictions, the transportation of pets is not deemed an essential service. [210] Local government responded with proposals over the following weeks. National MP Nick Smith has also called on the Government to lift the blanket ban on foreign ships, citing the case of the American Samoa–registered tuna fishing vessel Captain Vincent Gann, which was denied entry by Immigration New Zealand and asked to seek urgent repairs in Hawaii. [529][530], On 25 July, it was reported that authorities had detained a family of five (comprising a mother and four children aged 12, 16, 17, and 18) for breaching managed isolation at the Distinction Hotel in Hamilton. [543][544][545], Early on in the COVID-19 pandemic, New Zealand launched the support bubble concept. [470], An Utting Research poll conducted on 1–2 March found that 47% of respondents were satisfied with the government's overall response to the COVID-19 outbreak, with 34% unsatisfied and 19% unsure. The total number of recovered had reached 1,857 while the death toll has remained 25. [278], By 12 October, it was reported that 10,400 individuals had been granted exemptions for critical and essential work to enter New Zealand. [86], On 22 March, Associate Health and Whānau Ora Minister Peeni Henare announced that the Government would invest $56.4 million in funding to aid Māori communities and businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. [81][82] Ardern announced the closure of New Zealand's borders to all but New Zealand citizens and residents, with effect after 11:59 pm that night. The Alert Level 4 will end at 11:59 pm on 27 April with the country entering into Alert Level 3 on 28 April for the duration of two weeks. However, Bishop Brian Tamaki's Destiny Church initially refused to close their services, with Tamaki stating that they would not let a "filthy virus" scare them out of attending church. [525], On 10 July, a man was arrested for violating the COVID-19 Public Health Response Act 2020 after he cut through a fence at a managed isolation facility at Distinction Hotel in Hamilton and visited a liquor store the previous night. National Party leader Judith Collins stated that the travel restrictions and quarantine requirements for Australians would hurt the New Zealand tourism industry. [333][334] The company will also hire 150 additional staff to provide specialist online support. [436], On 17 March, Logan Park High School in Dunedin closed for 48 hours after one of its students tested positive for the coronavirus. All gatherings cancelled and all public venues closed. You'll learn the skills required by people working in the carpentry industry. [57] Universities asked for the Government to exempt Chinese students travelling to study in New Zealand. Thirteen of the New Zealanders boarded a New Zealand Government-chartered flight to Auckland while three New Zealanders, who were resident in Australia, stayed behind. This package also allows the company to reopen 13 of its branches in Queenstown, Auckland, and Taupo. [336], In early June, marine engineering company Airmex's managing director Steve Sullivan has warned that about 40 jobs maritime engineering jobs in Nelson are at risk due to the Government's policy of refusing entry to ships as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. [203], On 7 December, the Ministry of Health announced that it would be reducing the frequency of its regular COVID-19 updates from once a day to four days a week: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. [192], On 6 September, the Government introduced a new order requiring all border workers to undergo testing for COVID-19, which came into effect at midnight on 7 September. New Zealand will move to alert level 1 - and a return to mostly normal lives - from midnight tonight. Locksmiths can undertake essential work on emergency call-outs and essential activity to maintain the security of premises/personal properties. Security is considered an essential service, even if security services are being provided in relation to a premise for a non-essential service. [506], In early April, Health Minister David Clark was criticised for flouting official guidelines against non-essential travel after he drove to a Dunedin park two kilometres away from his home to ride a mountain bike trail. No restrictions on personal movement or gatherings. Every restaurant, café and bar must close all aspects of their operation. This "liberty march" was attended by Advance New Zealand party co-leader Jami-Lee Ross and New Conservative Party deputy leader Elliot Ikilei. Gatherings of up to 10 people are allowed but only for wedding services, funerals and tangihanga. Follow all entry requirements for your destination and provide any required or requested health information. This qualification covers: Carpentry fundamentals. [32] On 5 April, ethnicity statistics were released; indicating that 74% of those who had contracted COVID-19 were Pākehā, 8.3% Asian, 7.6% Māori, and 3.3% Pasifika. Border entry measures to minimise risk of importing COVID-19 cases. Before you travel, get tested with a viral test 1–3 days before your trip. The New Zealand Cabinet would review them again on 14 September, when they would decide whether to adjust them at 11.59 pm on 16 September. This applies to all travellers, even if they are New Zealand citizens, but excludes travel from the Pacific islands unless the traveller is symptomatic. However, she stripped Clark of his ministerial portfolio as Associate Finance Minister and demoted him to the bottom of Labour's Cabinet list. Here’s a look at the new restrictions as New Zealand makes the move from alert level 3 to alert level 2, and what you can expect in the next few weeks if you're already there. Reading Level Correlation Chart.      Active Cases[j], Cases   printers, devices, IT), Any entity involved in the supply, delivery, distribution and sale of food, beverage and other key consumer goods essential for maintaining the wellbeing of people, Any entity that operates consumer and business financial services, financial services infrastructure (including banking services), a stock exchange, broking services, payment and settlement systems, funds management (including, Any person employed or contracted as a doctor, nurse, midwife, pharmacist, paramedic, medical laboratory scientists, kaiāwhina workers, social workers, aged-care and community workers, and caregivers more generally, Hospitals, primary care clinics, pharmacies, medical laboratories, care facilities (e.g. As of 15 December 2020[update], New Zealand has 2,096 cases (1,740 confirmed and 356 probable cases) of COVID-19.      Deaths   [48] By 31 October, there were a total of 75 cases in New Zealand, bringing the total number of cases to 1,957 (1,601 confirmed and 356 probable). [47], On 21 October, 25 new cases were reported, the majority of which came from foreign fishing crews who had quarantined at a hotel in Christchurch, while 2 cases of community transmission were reported among port workers, the first since 25 September. [10][197], On 28 October, Newsroom journalist Marc Daalder reported that Cabinet had been aware of the lack of capacity for testing staff working at managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ) facilities, airports, and ports prior to the August outbreak. 686 of these reports were filed between 6 pm on 1 May and 6pm on 2 May. This stand-down period shift would benefit about 600 lower-skilled visa holders including dairy workers. [489][86], At the time of Ardern's announcement, New Zealand was at Alert Level 2. [503] In Otago, there have been reports of people jumping off the Albert Town Bridge near Wanaka. [394] In April, there were reports that iwi checkpoints in the central North Island, East Coast, and Northland were obstructing essential travel by local residents. People at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 (e.g. [540], On 18 August 2020, managed isolation and quarantine deputy chief executive Megan Main confirmed that a First Security guard had leaked information about the names, room numbers, and travel itineraries of returnees staying in managed isolation at Auckland's Sheraton Four Points managed isolation facility on Snapchat. [152][153] On 18 June, Director-General of Health Bloomfield announced that all travelers on trans-Tasman flights will be required to wear face masks in response to the three recent cases resulting from overseas travel. washing off contaminated or biohazard materials). Local growers have reported difficulty in recruiting locals due to the long hours, hard, outdoor work, lower wages, and them lacking the specialised picking and plant-care skills that foreign workers. The Ministry also stated that any "significant developments" such as community transmissions would be reported sooner if required. [211][212][213][214] Other groups, such as the construction industry,[215] Greenpeace,[216] and the Green Party also put forward their preferences. [478] Hanson and Laura Ingraham drew coverage from New Zealand media commentators including The Spinoff's Alex Braee, who compared their remarks to former United Kingdom Independence Party politician Suzanne Evans' remarks likening New Zealand's lockdown policies to Nazi Germany. [39] By 30 June, there were a total of 22 active cases (all resulting from overseas travel) in New Zealand, bringing the total number to 1,528 cases (1,178 confirmed and 350 probable). Under the Civil Defence Emergency Management Act, financial assistance for food, transport, clothing and accommodation is available to anyone regardless of their citizenship. In addition, tourists from certain countries are allowed to work on a visitor visa. Historically in New Zealand, heights have been defined in terms of 13 local vertical datums referenced to local mean sea level (MSL). Cruise ships will be prohibited from docking in New Zealand until 30 June. 120 staff), stop recruitment, and reduce spending on capital projects. [194], On 21 September, Prime Minister Ardern announced that Auckland would move into Alert Level 2 on 23 September at 11:59pm while the rest of New Zealand would move into Alert Level 1 on 21 September at 11:59pm. This site offers information, resources, news, advice, and guidance, inspiring school stories, practical ideas, research reports, how to get support, and much, much more. 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