Latest News

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  • 02 Jun 2020

Update on COVID-19 cases — 2 June

  • 01 Jun 2020

Update on COVID-19 cases — 1 June

  • 31 May 2020

Update on COVID-19 cases — 31 May

  • 30 May 2020

Update on COVID-19 cases — 30 May

  • 29 May 2020

Update on COVID-19 cases — 29 May

  • 28 May 2020

Alert Level 2 changes confirmed for Friday 29 May

COVID-19 media conference — 28 May

  • 27 May 2020

COVID-19 media conference — 27 May

  • 26 May 2020

COVID-19 media conference — 26 May

  • 25 May 2020

Upcoming changes to gathering numbers

The Government has announced an increase to the number of people who can gather together at Alert Level 2.

New payment for New Zealanders who lose their job due to COVID-19

The Government has announced a 12-week payment to support people in this situation.

COVID-19 media conference – 25 May

  • 24 May 2020

Update on COVID-19 cases — 24 May

  • 23 May 2020

Update on COVID-19 cases — 23 May

  • 22 May 2020

Update on COVID-19 cases — 22 May

  • 21 May 2020

COVID-19 media conference — 21 May

  • 20 May 2020

COVID-19 media conferences — 20 May

NZ COVID Tracer app released

The Ministry of Health has released the NZ COVID Tracer app to support contact tracing in New Zealand.

  • 19 May 2020

COVID-19 media conference – 19 May

  • 18 May 2020

COVID-19 media conference – 18 May

  • 17 May 2020

Update on COVID-19 cases — 17 May

  • 16 May 2020

Update on COVID-19 cases — 16 May

  • 15 May 2020

Update on COVID-19 cases — 15 May

  • 14 May 2020

Update on COVID-19 cases — 14 May 2020

  • 13 May 2020

Changes to the number of people at funerals and tangihanga

Daily COVID-19 media conference — 13 May

  • 12 May 2020

Daily COVID-19 media conference — 12 May

  • 11 May 2020

New Zealand will be at Alert Level 2 from Thursday 14 May

The Government has announced that New Zealand can safely move out of Alert Level 3 at 11.59pm on Wednesday 13 May.

COVID-19 media conference — 4pm Monday 11 May

  • 10 May 2020

Update on COVID-19 cases — 10 May

  • 09 May 2020

Update on COVID-19 cases — 9 May

  • 08 May 2020

Daily COVID-19 media conference — 8 May

  • 07 May 2020

New Alert Level 2 information released

The Government has released more information on how Alert Level 2 will work.

Daily COVID-19 media conference — 7 May

  • 06 May 2020

Daily COVID-19 media conference – 6 May

  • 05 May 2020

Daily COVID-19 media conference – 5 May

  • 04 May 2020

Prime Minister’s COVID-19 media conference – 4 May

Daily COVID-19 media conference – 4 May

  • 02 May 2020

Support for tertiary students to learn online

The Government has announced more support for tertiary learners to access digital devices and internet connections.

  • 01 May 2020

Daily COVID-19 media conference – 1 May

New loan scheme to support small business

The Government will provide interest free loans for a year to small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 economic shock to support their immediate cashflow needs

New COVID-19 financial support tool available

Find out what financial support you could access.

  • 30 Apr 2020

Tax changes to be introduced to help small businesses

A significant package of tax reforms will be pushed through all stages in Parliament today to throw a cash flow lifeline to small to medium enterprises (SMEs).

Daily COVID-19 media conferences – 30 April

  • 29 Apr 2020

Daily COVID-19 media conference – 29 April

New tool launched to connect employers and job seekers

The Ministry for Social Development has announced several initiatives to help connect employers and job seekers.

  • 28 Apr 2020

New helpline for businesses

The Government has launched a new helpline to provide all NZ businesses with advice and to connect them with additional support.

Daily COVID-19 media conferences – 28 April

  • 27 Apr 2020

Daily COVID-19 media conference – 27 April

  • 26 Apr 2020

New Alert Level 3 guidance for seniors and others at risk

Guidance around what Alert Level 3 means for people over 70 and other higher-risk groups is now available.

  • 25 Apr 2020

Leave support for workers extended

The Government has extended the COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme ahead of the move to Alert Level 3.

  • 24 Apr 2020

Daily COVID-19 media conference – 24 April

Ramadan during Alert Levels 3 and 4

You and your bubble can come together to mark religious events such as Ramadan.

  • 23 Apr 2020

Package for media support announced

The Government has announced a new $50 million package to support the media industry through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Daily COVID-19 media conference – 23 April

  • 22 Apr 2020

Businesses allowed to do minimum necessary to prepare for Alert Level 3

It is okay to go into your business premises now to do limited, safe activities to begin preparing for Alert Level 3.

New Zealanders asked to stay home for Anzac Day

The government is asking people to stay home for Anzac Day to reduce transmission of COVID-19.

Daily COVID-19 media conference – 22 April

  • 21 Apr 2020

Daily COVID-19 media conference – 21 April

  • 20 Apr 2020

New Zealand will be at Alert Level 3 from Tuesday 28 April

The Government has announced that New Zealand can safely move out of Alert Level 4 lockdown at 11.59pm on Monday 27 April.

COVID-19 media conference – 20 April

  • 19 Apr 2020

Daily COVID-19 media conference – 19 April

  • 17 Apr 2020

Daily COVID-19 media conference – 17 April

  • 16 Apr 2020

More information on Alert Level 3 released

The Government has released more information on how Alert Level 3 will work.

Daily COVID-19 media conference – 16 April

  • 15 Apr 2020

New support for small to medium-sized businesses

The Government has announced a set of new relief measures for small and medium-sized businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Daily COVID-19 media conference – 15 April

More online tools to support mental wellbeing

The Government is making further support available for Kiwis wanting to look after their mental wellbeing as a result of change and uncertainty from COVID-19. 

  • 14 Apr 2020

Tertiary student support package announced

The Government has announced a support package to help tertiary education students to continue their studies.

Daily COVID-19 media conferences – 14 April

Treasury releases new economic modelling report

Treasury has released a new report describing a number of scenarios showing the potential impact of COVID-19 on the New Zealand economy.

  • 13 Apr 2020

Daily COVID-19 media conference – 13 April

  • 12 Apr 2020

Daily COVID-19 media conference – 12 April

  • 11 Apr 2020

Daily COVID-19 media conference – 11 April

  • 10 Apr 2020

Easter during the Alert Level 4 period

Supermarkets will be closed on Good Friday, but some will be open on Easter Sunday.

Daily COVID-19 media conference – 10 April

  • 09 Apr 2020

Managed isolation of new arrivals to New Zealand

All travellers entering New Zealand from midnight 9 April 2020 are required to undergo fourteen days of managed isolation.

covid19.govt.nz is free to access from most mobile devices

Any mobile phone, smartphone or digital device that can access the internet on major mobile networks can access this website for free, or at little cost.

Daily COVID-19 media conference – 9 April

  • 08 Apr 2020

Planning for the future of tourism

The Government and business are working together to develop a plan for how tourism will operate in a post-COVID-19 world.

Distance-learning education package for students

Preparations are well underway to support schools and students with distance-learning when term 2 begins on 15 April.

For news prior to 8 April please click here for official updates.