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    NZOIA Response to COVID-19 - Updated 2 August 2021 

    At the time of writing the Ministry of Health reports a total of 2,873 cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand.  There are 36 active cases.  The most recent case reported due to community transmission was the 28 February 2021.  

    New Zealand remains at Alert Level 1.  

    Quarantine-free travel from Australia is suspended from 11.59pm Friday 23 July 2021 for at least the next 8 weeks.  If you have returned from Australia ensure you are aware of the procedures to follow and keep checking the locations of interest in Australia that are continuously being updated.  Quarantine-free travel with the Cook Islands and Niue is still in place.

    If Only people who ordinarily live in NZ can return from Australia on managed return flights.  Travellers must follow mandatory instructions in Section 70 health orders.

    Protect yourself and others from COVID-19.  Legally you must wear a face covering on all public transport and flights throughout New Zealand.

    All of New Zealand should continue to do the following:

    The Government has a comprehensive plan to access safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines for NZ’ers.  You can use their online tool to assess when you can get a vaccine.

    Strict border measures will remain as COVID-19 is uncontrolled in many areas overseas.  The new cases and strains emerging through the NZ border are a reminder that COVID-19 is still a threat to NZ. 

    Specific advice for Play, Active Recreation and Sport at the different alert levels can be found on Sport NZ’s website and this will be updated as new information comes to hand.


    NZOIA Office and Course Updates

    Advice for Members

    Assistance Available



    NZOIA Office Updates

    Courses -  NZOIA Courses can still operate under Alert Level 1 and 2. You will only be able to attend a NZOIA course if you have come from an Alert 1 or 2 location.  If you are traveling to the course you need to take your Alert Level with you.  If you are in a Alert 3 location at the time of the course please contact the office to arrange an alternative solution.  We can transfer your application to a future course, or hold your fee in credit or provide a full refund of your fee. You can view our Risk Management of COVID-19 on NZOIA Courses here:

    Risk Management of COVID-19 on NZOIA courses - Alert 1

    Risk Management of COVID-19 on NZOIA courses - Alert 2

    Membership – Annual membership and registration  fees are due on the 1 July 2021.  Here are a couple of options to assist you maintain your membership and registration if you are still experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19:

    • spread out your Full or Associate Member payments over 4 instalments.  Due on 1 July, 1 Aug, 1 Sep and 1 Oct.  We will renew your membership once the first payment has been made.
    • downgrade to Associate Membership and put your qualifications on hold if you are no longer in employment.  You can upgrade to a Full Member once you are back in the workforce.

    Applications and Course Fees – If your course has been cancelled or is cancelled due to COVID-19, you can choose to transfer your application to a future course, hold your fee in credit or request a full refund of your fee.  

    Revalidation - Due to the timely implementation of the revalidation review all members who had qualifications expiring on the 30 June 2020 have been given a year extension and are now due on the 30 June 2021.                                    



    Advice for Members

    We understand that this situation has had and will continue to have a big effect on many of our membership, both emotionally and financially.  During this time, it is important to take care of ourselves, our whanau and our community.  Employers also have a duty to minimise risk to staff.  The situation is constantly changing and we need to act decisively. 

    Outdoor recreation programmes and courses need to ensure they are following the below Government measures.

    Government Measures to be taken against COVID-19 at Alert Levels

    Sport NZ Play, active recreation and sport at different Alert Levels

    Sport NZ Contact Tracing Guidance and Template

    Sport NZ Hygiene and Sanitation Guidance

    Recreation Aotearoa have and extensive library of guidelines, webinars and resources to inform and support the recreation industry.

    Tourism Industry Aotearoa continue to offer updated advice on COVID-19.

    Mountain Safety Council COVID-19 Outdoor Activity guidance remains live and has been updated to reflect the alert level changes.  The site was designed to reflect different alert levels in different areas of NZ

    Education Outside NZ provide a guidance and reassurance document about EOTC and Outdoor Education at Alert 2 and information about EOTC Learning through Covid-19 Alerts           



    Assistance Available

    Resurgence Support Payment 

    Businesses experiencing a 30% drop in revenue over a 7 day period, due to a COVID alert level increase of 2 or higher can apply for a subsidy.  Applications for the alert level increase on 23 June are open in myIR and will close at 11.59pm on 29 July 2021 

    Short-term Absence Payment
    This is available for businesses, including self-employed people, to help pay employees who cannot work from home while they wait for a COVID-19 test result. 

    Leave Support Scheme

    The COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme is available for employers, including sole traders, to pay their employees who can’t work.  This may be because they are in one of the affected groups and Ministry of Health guidelines recommend they stay at home, and they can’t work from home.



    If you are experiencing a cough, a high temperature (at least 38 degrees Celsius), shortness of breath, sore throat, sneezing and runny nose and/or temporary loss of smell and have recently been overseas or have been in close contact with someone confirmed with COVID-19 please call the Healthline on 0800 358 5453 or your Doctor immediately.


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