• The measures may be updated based on new scientific knowledge about COVID-19, information about the effectiveness of control measures in New Zealand and overseas, or the application of Alert Levels at different times (e.g. Aug [191] That same day, Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi extended the visas of visitors due to expire before the end of October by five months. • In general, the alert levels are cumulative, e.g. [547][548][549], In early March 2020, there were concerns about COVID-19 tests being given only to people with symptoms who had returned from impacted countries or people who had been in contact with a confirmed case. 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. [186][187], On 26 August, Hipkins announced that it would be compulsory for all public transport providers including buses, trains, ferries, ride-share vehicles and train operators to provide Covid Tracer QR codes for passengers from 11:59 pm on 3 September. Apr cleaning, security services), Commercial cleaners that clean common areas of apartment buildings may continue to operate where there is high traffic (e.g. as opposed to Singapore's 150.1. Physical distancing of two metres outside home (including on public transport), or one metre In controlled environments like schools and workplaces. Returning New Zealanders are required to self-isolate for 14 days upon entry. [45] The following day, the death of former Cook Islands prime minister Joe Williams, who was admitted to hospital with COVID-19 in August, was announced. fridges. Certificate level 1 Purpose. [315] On 10 June, it was reported that Singapore Airlines staff were being quarantined in hotel rooms for the duration of their three-day stay. He was subsequently picked up by police and placed under armed guard at Waipuna Hotel. [64][237], On 17 March, Newshub reported that the Australian Border Force had suspended the repatriation of New Zealand deportees between 16 and 30 March 2020 as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. The Government contended that the paper represented "one strand of decision making" and that any move into Alert Level 1 was "predicated upon having eliminated chains of transmission and there having been no new cases from community transmission for at least 28 days. The number of recovered also rose to 1,484 while the death toll has remained at 22. [538] Walker was stripped of his portfolios and later announced that he would not be contesting the 2020 general election. [446], On 17 March, the University of Canterbury became the first university in New Zealand to recall its exchange students from overseas, stating that "Given the rapidly escalating global situation and the increasing amount of travel restrictions worldwide, and intensive consultation with our partners, [we have] made the very difficult decision to suspend our exchange programmes and recall all UC outbound exchange students, effective immediately. [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. The airline also reduced trans-Tasman capacity by 80%, and the domestic network capacity would be reduced in March and April 2020. [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. [67][68][69], On 16 March, Ardern called for a halt to public gatherings of more than 500 people and warned that the outbreak could lead to a recession greater than the 2008 global financial crisis. Last 15 days, On 28 February 2020, New Zealand confirmed its first case, a woman in her 60s who had recently visited Iran and returned to Auckland on 26 February. The British High Commission and consular services in Wellington have been criticised for closing their operations the previous week. Under New Zealand law, international students under the age of ten are unable to attend schools without the presence of a parent or guardian. [347], On 25 May, MediaWorks' CEO Michael Anderson announced that the company would be eliminating 130 jobs in its sales, out-of-home, and radio divisions as a result of the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, temporary migrants unable to leave due to international travel restrictions were granted a new two-month COVID-19 short-term visa. The … This protest breached Auckland's Alert Level 2.5 ban on gatherings of more than ten persons. "[160][161], On 27 June, the Health Ministry acknowledged that 2,159 people had left managed isolation facilities between 9 and 16 June. According to a declassified official document, there were over 383,000 foreign nationals in New Zealand including students, migrant workers, and partners or dependents of workers as of 30 March. Do not travel if you are waiting for test results, test positive, or are sick. [166][167] Megan Woods took on responsibility for Border Management (Covid response and Quarantine). The decision of whether to increase the limit of a gathering without physical distancing from ten is set to be made on 25 May. [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. LEVEL 7 graduate diploma is a very popular program in New Zealand as they allow students to get further stay permit (post-study work visa) after studying a minimum of one year in New Zealand. May Businesses can open to the public, but must follow public health guidance including in relation to physical distancing and contact tracing. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, there are 22,000 New Zealanders stranded overseas who have registered with MFAT's Safe Travel. This includes investing $30 million to directly support Māori health workers, $15 million to supporting to Whānau Ora commissioning agencies, and $10 million to support the community outreach. 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. "[332], On 1 July, ASB Bank announced that they were closing nine branches in the major centres and that 25 branches will be moving to three day weeks due to a shift in demand for online services. This was the first time that Anzac Day services have not been held since 1916. Faafoi also confirmed that the proposed Radio New Zealand and TVNZ merger had been delayed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic's economic fallout. samples, collections and storage facilities) that are important to New Zealand, Those entities, including non-government organisations, that provide welfare and social services to meet immediate needs, to be specified jointly by the, Any entity that provides, or is contracted to an entity that provides, logistics services, including, Any entity providing, or is contracted by an entity that provides, transport services to the Ministry of Health, a District Health Board, a Medical Officer of Health, or a Controller (as defined in section 4 of the Civil Defence and Emergency Management Act 2002), Any entity that provides services related to the maintenance and ongoing operation of critical infrastructure (e.g. [209], On 1 April the Government set up an Infrastructure Industry Reference Group to seek out 'shovel-ready' infrastructure projects to reduce the economic impact of COVID-19. While the Government's decision was supported by Cabinet, New Zealand First leader and Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters disagreed with the extension of lockdown restrictions and invoked the "Agree to Disagree" provision. New Zealand - Level 1270 - Letters: FLAGGED. New Zealand’s Covid-19 Alert Level 4 lockdown will extend to 11.59pm Monday April 27, the Prime Minister announced today, with the country to stay at Alert Level 3 for two weeks before a review. The man later apologised for his actions. [515][516] On 8 April, the Police Commissioner Andrew Coster updated the figures to 367 breaches including 45 prosecutions, 309 warnings, and 13 youth referrals. Each Alert Level tells us what measures we need to take. Inter-regional travel is highly limited (e.g. [493] On 11 May, it was announced that New Zealand would enter Alert Level 2 from 11:59 pm on 13 May, lifting lockdown restrictions while maintaining physical distancing in public and for private gatherings with more than ten people. The NZ Liberty Movement, which had previously organised rallies with Advance NZ, did not participate due to a lack of communication and collaboration with the latter. [260], In September, Sehion Tours and Travels has organised several chartered flights from southern India to Auckland using a Singapore Airlines A350-900. [441] In response to a spike of cases and the upgrading of New Zealand's coronavirus Alert Level to Level 3, the Government closed down all schools and early childhood centres. It was hoped that Burger King would start trading again post-lockdown as its operating company was not in receivership. The passengers were released on 19 February. [87], On 23 March, Ardern raised the Alert Level to 3 and announced the closure of all schools, beginning that day. sanitation), waste (e.g. [239][240] On 24 March, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern urged New Zealanders abroad to return home with while recognising that many will not be able to return home due to the disruption of international travel. A four-level alert level system was introduced on 21 March to manage the outbreak within New Zealand. [2][3][4] On 14 August, Ardern announced that the lockdown settings would be extended by 12 days until 11:59 pm on 26 August,[177][178] and that the Government would be extending the wage subsidy scheme to support businesses and protect jobs in response to the new outbreak. For the month of February 2020, the number of international visitors arriving in New Zealand fell 11% compared to February 2019, mostly driven by a 90% drop in visitors from mainland China. Shape. Police were called to mediate between airline staff and passengers. The airline had suspended its domestic services in New Zealand four weeks earlier following an outbreak in Auckland in mid-August 2020. [253] On 21 April, it was reported that a 49-year-old man, who was meant to be on the Peruvian mercy flight, had died in Cusco from COVID-19, making him the first New Zealander recorded to have died from it overseas. [365], On 20 July, the Warehouse CEO Pejman Okhovat announced that it could cut between 500 and 750 jobs as part of a proposed restructuring of the company. [155][156], On 22 June, Prime Minister Ardern announced that the Government would be amending its health order to require people to test negative for COVID-19 before leaving quarantine. In addition, those who have been unable to enter the country to activate their residency visa or unable to return before their residency visa expires will receive a reprieve. At 11.59pm on Wednesday most of level 2 will be … [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. Ardern justified the extension on the basis that New Zealand needed to "lock in the gains" made so far in the fight against the coronavirus. The rest of New Zealand would remain on a Level 2 restrictions until at least 6 September. [561][needs update]. [437][438], On 23 March, several schools in Auckland including Marist College, Randwick Park School and Glendowie College closed after several teachers and parents tested positive for the coronavirus. The total number of recovered had reached 1,959 while the death toll has remained 25. Stuff journalist Thomas Coughlan replied that the criticism "seemed to come from nowhere" and these actions are "really the way it's always been", saying that the methodology has only come into question due to the large viewership of the press conferences. 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. Under Auckland's Alert Level 2 status, public gatherings of 100 people were allowed but a 50-person cap remained on funerals and tangihanga. Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway has stated that the "labour market test" will be applied on foreign workers once their work visas have expired. [431], On 5 September, several anti-lockdown protests were held throughout the country including Auckland, Whangārei, Wellington, New Plymouth, Tauranga, Rotorua, Nelson and Christchurch. Boucher herself will take a 40% pay cut. Travel may increase your chances of getting and spreading COVID-19. It will be compulsory for people using public transport to wear face masks while the alert level is 2 or higher. Level 1 is a base-level response. [348][349][350], On 12 June, it was reported that national broadcaster TVNZ was planning to cut 100 jobs over the next few weeks in order to save $10 million and that the company was looking for a new head of news to replace John Gillespie. "COVID-19 Response (Urgent Management Measures) Legislation Bill", which allows local authorities to meet remotely, the Government to take over schools, and prevents no-cause evictions and freezes rents for six months. [369], On 26 August 2020, stationery supply company OfficeMax announced that it would be closing all 14 of its New Zealand branches and shift operations online in response to growing online usage and the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Besides transporting New Zealand citizens and residents, the company is also repatriating Indian nationals who want to return to India. There are four levels, with 1 being the least risk of infection and 4 the highest. [75][76][77], On 18 March, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) urged all New Zealanders travelling overseas to return home. On 12 January 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed that a novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) was the cause of a respiratory illness (coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19), found in a cluster of people in Wuhan, Hubei, Peoples Republic of China, which had been reported to the WHO on 31 December 2019. The first case of the disease in New Zealand was reported on 28 February 2020. [clarification needed][504] In Auckland, Tongan ethnic community leaders have also warned that kava clubs are still meeting despite the lockdown, with some participants posting photos and videos on social media. [162], On 29 June, Health Minister David Clark announced that it was investing $150 million in personal protective equipment from their $50 billion COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund unveiled in the 2020 New Zealand budget. Apply the relationships between units in the metric system, including the units for measuring different attributes and derived measures. [124], On 23 April, Broadcasting Minister Kris Faafoi announced that the Government would be investing $50 million into media relief package to support the New Zealand media. [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. [494] After new cases of community transmission were detected on 11 August, New Zealand was moved to Alert Level 2 and Auckland to Level 3 at noon on 12 August;[2] Auckland moved down to Level "2.5", a modified version of Level 2 with further limitations on public gatherings and mandated mask wearing on public transport, at 11:59 pm on 30 August. 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. You’ll see that outside of just competence, NZQF levels also expect certain attitudes, behaviours and attributes from students. [241], On 28 March, it was reported that about 24 New Zealanders were stranded in Peru because they could not board a chartered Australian flight due to changes in Australian transit rules requiring overseas travellers to transit on the same day as their arrival. Both vaccines require two doses to be administered. The total for 8 October includes two imported cases and one "historical" imported case. [482] Finance Minister Grant Robertson vowed that the Government would keep the unemployment rate below 10%. [425] Opposition Leader Todd Muller has criticised the Government for sending mixed messages about COVID-19 alert levels, alleging that they caused the public to become complacent about social distancing, citing the BLM rallies as an example. [535], on 11 November, the West Indies cricket team were denied further training privileges after members breached managed isolation rules by mingling and sharing food while undergoing managed isolation at the "Chateau in the Park" hotel in Christchurch. This qualification covers: Carpentry fundamentals. [99] Finance Minister Robertson also announced that the Government had paid $1.5 billion to more than 240,000 workers as part of its Wage Subsidy scheme in response to the pandemic. Wushka’s carefully levelled digital readers align with all common reading levelling systems. [461], On 12 November, the University of Auckland shifted all exams at its Auckland Central campuses (City, Grafton, Newmarket, and Epsom) scheduled for Friday online following the discovery of a community transmission in the city centre. According to media reports, there was little social distancing due to the large volume of participants. Residential Limited Credit Programme (Level 4) Dementia. This game contains more than 2400 different levels to solve. [416][417][418][419][420], Microbiologist and health adviser Dr. Siouxsie Wiles, Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters, and ACT Party leader David Seymour have criticised march participants for flouting Level 2 lockdown restrictions. [563], During the lock down, overall weekly deaths declined in New Zealand compared to previous years. [373], On 14 April, telco 2degrees announced that they were to cut the workforce by 10% (i.e. It would maintain enough overseas flights for returning New Zealanders and evacuees as well as essential air freight. Cruise ships will be prohibited from docking in New Zealand until 30 June. On 11 August, four cases of COVID-19 from an unknown source were reported in Auckland, the first from an unknown source in 102 days. The New Zealand Certificate in Carpentry Level 4 typically takes 3-4 years to complete. The framework is based on similar localised lockdown policies in Victoria, New South Wales, Hong Kong, Singapore, and South Korea. [33] By 30 April, the total number of cases had reached 1,476 (1,129 confirmed and 347 probable) while the total number of recoveries had risen to 1,241 and the death toll to 19. The Government had already purchased 750,000 courses from Pfizer/BioNTech and 5 million from Janssen Pharmaceutica. These included 30 reports of people holding or attending illegal parties; 29 of which resulted in a warning and one in a prosecution. The company also faces a fine of $500,000 if it is found to have breached the New Zealand Exchange's disclosure rules with more penalties if the company is found to have profited from a rise in its share price resulting from the announcement. [469], On 12 October 2020, the Government signed an agreement with Pfizer and BioNTech to buy 1.5 million COVID-19 vaccines, which is enough for 750,000 people. Skip to main page content | Skip to secondary navigation | Skip to summary access keys list. New Zealand's approach to the pandemic has been widely praised internationally for its quick and tough action over the virus, having completed 1,030,115 tests as of 18 October 2020. (e.g. Several returnees complained about lack of communication from ministry officials about their quarantine destinations, including several who had been transferred from Auckland to Rotorua without any prior notice. [472] However, 37% were not confident a large-scale outbreak could be prevented in New Zealand, with 26% confident and 36% unsure. Maintaining critical operations at foreign missions based in New Zealand. People at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 (e.g. blankets, heaters, kitchenware and appliances, whiteware, computer equipment and mobile phones) may be sold subject to conditions. 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[104], On 8 April, Prime Minister Ardern and Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced that the Government was introducing a $87.7 million distance learning package including two education television channels hosted by Suzy Cato, one English and the other Māori, improved Internet access and devices, and educational materials including online resources for parents, handheld devices, and hard copy packs of material for different year levels. [181] In addition, the New Zealand Parliament's dissolution was delayed until 6 September. The passengers would be flown from Montevideo to Melbourne. This stand-down period shift would benefit about 600 lower-skilled visa holders including dairy workers. After secondary school, students who want to continue their study at a tertiary level can choose from a number of education options ranging from universities to Te Pūkenga (and its subsidiaries), private training establishments, transitional industry training organisations and more. [322], On 14 April, it was reported that three parent shareholding companies of the Burger King franchise in New Zealand had gone into receivership, with KordaMentha appointed as receiver. [505] In Kaitaia, there have been reports of locals taking matters into their own hands by establishing checkpoints to enforce the lockdown. [207][208], On 17 December, Prime Minister Ardern announced that the New Zealand Government had purchased two more vaccines for New Zealand, the Cook Islands, Niue, Tokelau and its Pacific partners Samoa, Tonga, and Tuvalu from the pharmaceutical companies AstraZeneca and Novavax. [551], The case definition for qualifying for a COVID-19 test is having "any acute respiratory infection with at least one of the following symptoms: cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, coryza, [or] anosmia with or without fever. 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