From 11:59pm on Wednesday 13 April 2022, all of New Zealand will be moving to the Orange traffic light setting under the COVID-19 Protection Framework.

The latest information is now available on the Government’s COVID-19 website link) which also has information in nearly 30 different languages(external link).

Changes to traffic light levels will include:

Life at Orange

Life at Orange means that:

  • Workplaces and schools can open
  • You do not need to wear a face mask outdoors, but face masks are still required in most indoor settings. You must wear a face mask
    • on domestic flights, and indoor arrival and departure points
    • on public transport, taxis or ride share vehicles
    • inside retail businesses (e.g., supermarkets, pharmacies and petrol stations)
    • inside public facilities (e.g., museums and libraries and courts)
    • when visiting doctors, healthcare services and vet clinics
    • at premises operated by local and central government agencies, social service providers, NZ Police, and public areas operated by NZ Post.
  • There is no requirement to scan into locations you visit or for businesses to display a QR code poster
  • There are no limits for indoor or outdoor gatherings.

Life at Green

Life at Green means that:

  • There are no restrictions, but you are encouraged to wear a mask and keep up good health behaviours.
  • There is no requirement to scan into locations you visit.
  • There is no requirement for businesses to display a QR code poster or have mandatory record keeping.

If My Vaccine Pass is not being used, different restrictions will apply. These details are available at link)

COVID-19 vaccinations

Everyone in New Zealand aged 12 years and over can book their free COVID-19 vaccination now. If it’s been four months since your second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and you’re over 18, you’re eligible for a booster. For more information visit the:

Protect yourself, your whānau, and your community

More information

COVID-19 – We are here to help our tenants - Information for our tenants on how Kāinga Ora will support you during COVID-19

COVID-19 – Information about our development sites and partner information - to keep you informed during COVID-19

COVID-19 - Resources - to help New Zealanders. This includes official COVID-19 material, translated and accessible information.

COVID-19 – Services and support- If you’ve been affected by COVID-19, there is help available to provide you with additional support.

Looking after yourself and others

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There are some simple steps to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

  • Follow the Government instructions and self-isolate
  • Avoid close contact with people with cold or flu-like illnesses.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or clothing.
  • Stay home if you're unwell.
  • Keep track of where you've been
  • Wash hands for at least 20 seconds with water and soap and dry them thoroughly:
    • before eating or handling food
    • after using the toilet
    • after coughing, sneezing, blowing your nose or wiping children’s noses
    • after caring for sick people.


Please remember to be kind, be patient, and to look after one another.
He waka eke noa
We are all in this together

Page updated: 30 May 2022