Covid-19 Public Health Information

This is an official Government COVID-19 announcement

New Zealand is at Alert Level 1. This means there are no longer restrictions on the number of people at social gatherings or extra protocols for businesses. However, businesses and public transport operators must continue to display QR codes. At Alert Level 1, while it is not mandatory to wear a mask or face covering on public transport, you are encouraged to do so. Wearing a face covering can help keep you and others safe from Covid-19, while reducing the risk of its spread in our communities. Everyone should be using the NZ COVID Tracer app to keep track of their movements – where you’ve been and who you’ve seen. If you can’t use the app, you can download or order the NZ COVID Tracer booklet, via, to keep a record of your movements. Wash and dry your hands often, cough or sneeze into your elbow, and stay home if you’re sick. Act immediately if you have symptoms – self-isolate and call your doctor or Healthline for advice. If you are feeling down, anxious, a bit overwhelmed or just need to chat to someone, you can call or text 1737 for free support 24/7. For more information, go to

RNZ is the statutory Lifeline Utility responsible for radio broadcasting under the Emergency Management Act 2002 and it has a memorandum of understanding with Government which has been activated to help deal with potential health issues related to the pandemic. RNZ’s Lifeline Utility obligations do not affect our editorial independence as a public media organisation or the rigour of our news gathering and reporting operations.

As New Zealand's Lifeline Utility radio broadcaster, RNZ is required to maintain essential public information channels and news during times of national emergency and we are committed to supporting all New Zealanders.

We are also committed to looking after the health and well-being of our staff.  
RNZ will continue to provide essential information services - broadcasting and publishing critical public service announcements on air, on our website and via social media channels. Comprehensive news will be available on air and via our website and digital services. 
If necessary RNZ Concert and RNZ Pacific will carry news and information from RNZ National. Parliament will continue to be broadcast on the AM network when the House is sitting. As the country's public service media organisation, RNZ is committed to supporting all New Zealanders. 
Kia Kaha – Stay Strong