15 Febraury 2022
Tēnā tātou katoa,
Aotearoa NZ will move into phase 2 of the Omicron response at 11:59pm Tuesday 15 February (tonight).
Phase Two – ‘slow the spread and protect our vulnerable communities’
A reminder, Tumu Whakawātea takes place every Monday and Friday morning from 7am to 7:45am. Speakers include Dr. Tom Roa, Professor Taiarahia Black, Tei Nohotima, Sir Justice Joe Williams, Dr Hiria Hape and Ngarimu Parata discussing pūrākau, thoughts, history and sharing karakia. Here is the link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85258421309
In this pānui:
What’s new under Phase 2
If you test positive for COVID-19: self-isolate for 10 days (originally 14 days).
Those in your household must self-isolate for ten days as well, unless they test positive.
If they test positive, they should continue to self-isolate for 10 days. A health worker will advise on when you can stop isolating.
If you are a close contact: Self isolate for seven days (originally 10 days).
MIQ returnees: From 27 February, borders open to eligible travellers from Australia. They must self-isolate for seven days.
Self Isolating - what you need to know
Have you got a plan if you or a family member catch COVID-19? The Ministry of Health and Northland DHB have put together some great resources to give you an idea of what self isolation looks like, and what sort of contact to expect from the Ministry of Health if you test positive. Click here.
Click here to view the COVID-19 Readiness Checklist [PDF, 195 KB].
Identify someone in your life who can drop off essential items if needed.
Anyone who experiences symptoms that get worse while they’re isolating – particularly breathlessness – should call Healthline immediately on 0800358 5453 anytime. If it is urgent, call 111.
Close Contact Exemption Scheme
The Close Contact Exemption Scheme will come into effect as the country moves into Phase 2 of the Omicron Response (after Tuesday).
The scheme allows those who are asymptomatic, vaccinated and close contacts to keep going to work instead of isolating if they return a daily negative rapid antigen test (RAT). The exemption is only for attendance at the workplace.
Click here to access the business.govt.nz website to identify whether your business fits the criteria for the Close Contact Exemption Scheme. Scroll down to the bottom of the page.
Once an eligible business has signed up to the scheme, an employee who is a close contact without symptoms can go to a local provider such as a community vaccination clinic and get a pack of 10 RATs.
Rapid Antigen Tests for business, agencies, and organisations
Businesses may also choose to use their own private supplies of RATs with their workforce.
The Ministry of Health has pulled together these RAT guides for businesses, agencies, and organisations. These documents will continue to change as feedback is gathered and processes are improved.
How to get your booster
Financial assistance is available. You do not need to be on the benefit to get financial support. Click here for the support available.
Tourism New Zealand’s (TNZ) Engagement Hui
Find out how you can leverage your business from TNZ’s strategy and activity for the year ahead, as well as the Government’s reconnecting plan.
The engagement hui will take place over seven locations throughout the motu from 22 February to 3 March.
Regional Tourism Organisations (RTO) at each location will deliver a regional update, as well as a Q&A session.
Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland
Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington and live streamed
Note, the Engagement Hui is able to take place at all levels of the COVID-19 Protection Framework with My Vaccine Pass requirements. Learn more about all event requirements here.
Australia and domestic market webinar
Wednesday 16 February 2022 at 11:00am
Join the Australian TNZ team to learn about the latest consumer insights and update on market plans. What trends are there as we look towards border reopening? What insights can we use to prepare for reconnecting the trans-Tasman, and how does this shape our marketing, PR and trade activity in Australia?
The TNZ domestic team will also provide a quick update on the future of domestic, upcoming activity, and opportunities for you to participate in domestic activity to grow your business.
Te Atiawa is hosting a series of online wānanga for Te Atiawa uri to learn about their connection to tupuna mounga, Koro Taranaki. Hosted by Jamie Tuuta, Ānaru Wilkie, Liana Poutu, Te Poihi Campbell and Hemi Sundgren. The first wānanga was on Monday 14 February, but recordings will be available. Click here for more info.
PM Trade Delegation to USA
The Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will lead a trade engagement on the US West Coast in May, which will focus on New Zealand's high-technology export sectors. The delegation is part of the government’s reconnection strategy. More details here.