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COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Protection Framework retired, NZ moves forward with certainty

13 Sep 2022

The most recent health advice now tells us that with the lowest cases and hospitalisations since February, we are in a good position to move forward.

The COVID-19 Protection Framework, also known as the traffic light system, has been retired effective from 11:59pm, Monday 12 September, so all New Zealanders can continue to move forward with certainty.

It is time to safely turn the page on our COVID-19 management and live without the extraordinary measures we have previously used.

Rather than feeling that COVID dictates what happens to us, our lives, and our futures, we take back control.

For the first time in 2 years we can approach summer with the much-needed certainty New Zealanders and business need, helping to drive greater economic activity critical to our economic recovery.


Key points

  • All mask-wearing requirements removed, except in healthcare and aged care facilities.
  • Only people who test positive with COVID-19 need to isolate for 7 days. Household Contacts no longer need to.
  • All Government vaccine mandates will end in 2 weeks on 26 September.
  • Removal of all vaccination requirements for incoming travellers and aircrew.
  • Support for business and workers to continue through leave support payments
  • All New Zealanders aged 65 and over, and Māori and Pacific peoples aged 50 and over, to have automatic access to COVID antivirals if they test positive

Turning the page on COVID-19 management

The most recent health advice now tells us that with the lowest cases and hospitalisations since February, our population well vaccinated, and expanded access to antiviral medicines, New Zealand is in a position to move forward.

You will no longer be required by Government to wear a mask anywhere, except in healthcare settings like hospitals, GPs and aged residential care facilities.

Some places, such as workplaces, special events, or marae may ask you to wear a mask, but this will be at their discretion and no longer a Government requirement.

Please respect those who choose to keep wearing masks as a form of protection. 

All remaining Government vaccine mandates will end in 2 weeks on 26 September. It will now be an employer’s discretion as to whether they require their workforce to be vaccinated.

Vaccination requirements for all travellers arriving into New Zealand including aircrew also ends, and the requirement to test on day 0/1 and 5/6 will now just be encouraged.

Isolation to remain

Our 7-day isolation period for COVID cases will remain.

However, the 7-day isolation period will now only be required for those who test positive for COVID-19. Their Household Contacts will only be asked to undertake a daily rapid antigen test  (RAT) test before going about their life as normal.

In short, we now move on to a simple 2 requirements system of masks in healthcare settings and 7 days isolation for positive cases only.


More information

From Tuesday we will now move to weekly COVID-19 reporting, similar to Australia.

The current rolling 7-day average of hospitalisations is 241, the lowest since February and down from 273 this time last week. There are 225 current hospitalisations. There have been a total of 1,950 deaths — a 7-day rolling average of 5.

People visiting the following healthcare settings will be required to wear a mask:

  • primary care
  • urgent care
  • hospitals
  • pharmacies
  • aged residential care
  • disability-related residential care.

The requirement excludes counselling, mental health and addiction services.


What you need to know

Purapura Whetu continues to operate under as below:

  • We are accepting new referrals.
  • Our sites at 166 St Asaph Street, 160 Woodham Road and the Phillipstown Community Hub are open, as well as our Māui Clinic.
  • Our staff can support whānau via face to face, phone, and video calling.
  • Our free helpline 0800 4 WHETU is available Mon to Fri 8:30am-4:30pm.

If you visit our sites, please follow these guidelines:

  • Stay at home if you are unwell and get advice from your GP or Healthline.
  • Sign in and out of our sites.
  • Practice good hygiene - wash your hands regularly, cough and sneeze into your elbow.

Other useful information:

Māui Clinic @ South City

0800 maui vax

COVID-19 Vaccine Centre

To make a booking for you and your whānau to be vaccinated against COVID-19,
- Call our free 0800 number (0800 MAUI VAX - 0800 6284 829)
- Book online at:

The clinic is located in South City Shopping Centre, Shop 15, 555 Colombo Street, Christchurch.

Māui Clinic @ South City is a collaboration between Purapura Whetu and the CDHB (Canterbury District Health Board). 

Stories from the community

Memphis & Brooklyn

Memphis and Brooklyn recently received their 2nd COVID 19 vaccination at the Maui clinic in South City, the boys chose to get the vaccination so they could feel safer and hopefully avoid another lockdown. They initially felt a little anxious about receiving their second shots, but found the process smooth and the experience positive.


Wendy chose to get vaccinated against COVID-19 at a marae clinic to help protect her whānau, and explains what the vaccination experience was like for her.


Trish got vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect herself as a vulnerable person living with asthma, and those she comes into contact with through her everyday work.