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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 and parts of the Waikato are in Alert Level 3 and the rest of New Zealand is in Alert Level 2. 


Daily updates

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.

Thursday 7 October

From what we understand of today’s Ministerial press conferences from Parliament on COVID-19, there will be a widening of the Waikato area covered by Alert Level 3. Government has indicated the area will be extended to include the Waitomo district, Te Kuiti, Waipā and Ōtorohanga.

The new boundary will enter force at 11.59pm tonight and remain in place until at least Monday at 11.59pm. It will be reviewed on Monday by Cabinet.

There are important impacts anticipated with these changes and we understand Waikato Alert Level 3 will not be treated the same as Auckland Level 3 and it will be more restrictive. 

Furthermore, Waikato Alert Level 3 will require the same testing regime as Auckland Alert Level 3 for workers crossing from Alert Level 3 to Alert Level 2 – therefore Waikato transport operators will need to implement driver testing and proof of a test within seven days of crossing the boundary, if you are not already doing this due to Auckland business.

Unfortunately, the Ministry of Health (MoH) has not yet published a map or formally confirmed these changes by amendment to the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Alert Level Requirements) Order (No 12) Amendment Order (No 3) 2021 however, we trust this advance warning will help with your planning. 

We will provide a further update when MoH formally confirms the changes however, in the meantime we recommend you frequently check in on the Waikato regional changes here.

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