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Covid-19 – disaster management

Ia Ara Aotearoa Transporting New Zealand is the central point of communication to and from Government and the national media for the road freight transport industry. We keep this page updated daily with information needed by road freight operators during Covid-19 outbreaks and alert level changes.

We are in ongoing discussions with the government officials putting all the measures in place during New Zealand’s response to the Covid-19 virus.


Alert levels

Auckland is in a variation of Alert Level 3 and the rest of New Zealand is in Alert Level 2. 


Daily updates

Thursday 25 November

Yesterday, the Government passed under urgency the COVID-19 Response (Vaccinations) Legislation Bill. This Bill sets the framework for the Covid Protection Framework (the traffic light system). The Orders that come under this Bill will be what impacts the road freight transport industry and we will issue advice once the appropriate guidance comes to hand on managing vaccination of staff and health and safety measures under the various traffic light levels.

Rapid antigen tests available

Today, Associate Minister of Health Ayesha Verrall announced businesses will be able to directly source approved rapid antigen tests for use within their workforce from 1 December. 

"Rapid antigen tests will also be available to the general public at pharmacies from 15 December, with tests to be administered under the supervision of pharmacy staff. A PCR test will be required to confirm any positive results," Verrall said. 

We will advise as more details come to hand but here is the Minister's media release.

Wednesday 17 November

The Government made a number of announcements today regarding the move to the Covid-19 Protection Framework; removing Auckland's hard road borders on 15 December; and access to and the use of My Vaccine Pass. You can find the relevant information about these announcements in this Advisory.

Tuesday 16 November

Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins has sounded the warning that Covid-19 is on the move and could be coming to a town near you. This Advisory gives information on  changes to Covid-19 management announced this week, guidance on what to do if you have Covid-19 in your workplace, and preparation for the incoming Covid-19 Protection Framework. 

Monday 15 November

Today the Government announced that the parts of the Waikato that have been in Alert Level 3, will move to Alert Level 2 at 11.59pm on Tuesday 16 November.

Tuesday 2 November

Today we issued an Advisory to clarify our position on mandatory vaccination, and provide feedback on road safety and good practice.

Thursday 28 October

There are a lot of questions around vaccination, including mandatory vaccination, and we have issued this Advisory to update the industry with the current information available.

Friday 22 October

People will be justifiably confused by today's announcements by the Government about a system that will replace the current alert level system once 90 percent of the eligible population is vaccinated. Auckland's situation remains the same and will be reviewed by Cabinet on Monday 29 November.

You can read more about the Government's announcement on the Covid-19 webpage here.

You can read the Government's announcement about financial support for businesses here.

A diagram of the framework is available here.

Wednesday 20 October

Transporting New Zealand has issued this Advisory covering advice for employers, Auckland border checkpoints, and an update on our Covid-19 survey.

Wednesday 13 October

Transporting New Zealand issued this Advisory about Covid-19 vaccination and testing.

Wednesday 22 September

This Advisory covers the latest information from the updated Public Health Order covering movement from Level 3 Auckland to Level 2 areas, including information about transiting through Auckland.

Tuesday 21 September

This Advisory covers the latest information about trucks crossing the southern Auckland border.

Friday 17 September

This Advisory covers information about trucks crossing the Auckland border where drivers have not had their Covid-19 test.

Tuesday 14 September

This Advisory covers updated information on crossing the Auckland border, as well as information on ACC invoicing.

The Ministry of Transport has issued this Guidance for Employers on the Alert Level 4/2 boundary testing regime.

Friday 10 September
Advisory on border testing for essential workers

This Advisory covers advice for employers and employees on what is required for those who need to cross Auckland’s Level 4 borders for work, as well as information on testing.

The Ministry of Health has issued guidance documents. You can find advice for employers on their obligations and how to help their staff get tested here.

You can find advice for employees who are essential workers crossing the border for work who need to be tested here.

You can find information about testing options for essential workers here.

Guidance for employers on the boundary testing regime the Ministry of Transport can be found here.

Wednesday 8 September

The RTF has issued this Advisory which covers the new Public Health Order and what it says about mandatory testing of workers crossing Auckland’s Level 4 borders. This is important information for operators.


Critical information

For COVID-19 health advice and information, contact the Healthline team (for free) on 0800 358 5453 or +64 9 358 5453 for international SIMS.

The Government’s Covid-19 webpage is here.

Information for businesses is available here.


Guidance and protocols

WorkSafe previously signed off guidance and protocols developed by Transporting New Zealand, then the RTF, to help businesses. These include Covid-19 workplace protocols for road freight transport. The guidance can be found here.

The Ministry of Transport has also issued Guidance for Transport Operators, operating in Alert Level 4/3.


Advisories and media releases

RTF welcomes CoF and licence extensions