COVID-19 is a new type of coronavirus affecting humans that was first reported in China at the end of 2019. It is spreading worldwide and affecting all people and all sectors. Auckland is at Alert Level 2 & the rest of New Zealand is at Alert Level 1. This is declared a National Emergency. This page offers the latest update for the potato industry and useful resources.
Auckland region in Alert Level 2. This area is defined by the area of the Auckland Super City, with a southern boundary of Pukekohe and Waiuku, and a northern boundary of Wellsford.
The rest of New Zealand is at Alert Level 1.
All essential horticulture workers entering and exiting the Auckland region carry a copy of these three letters:
1. The Gazette notice
2. The letter from the Ministry of Health
3. A Movement Declaration Form, filled in for your workplace.
Auckland/Pukekohe growers and staff can find these 3 documents for transit across the Covid-19 borders, at the bottom of this page.
The gazette notice exempts ‘Horticultural workers involved in the production, processing, transport and supply of fresh produce between Pukekohe and the surrounding areas’.
Auckland/Pukekohe businesses must complete the Ministry of Health Form on the HortNZ website as soon as possible. https://horticulturenewzealand.formstack.com/forms/ministry_of_health_auckland_horticulture_businesses
Please check Alert Levels for your region here.
Download your QR code for your business here.
Posters for workplaces are here.
MPI page for all Primary Industries Covid-19 info go here.
Alert Level Summaries can be found in the list at bottom of this page or on the Covid-19 Govt website here.
Safe Pandemic Grower Practice
MPI Guiding Principles for Pandemic Safe Practice 😷🚜🥔💛
1. Prevent the introduction of Covid-19 into the workplace
2. Prevent the spread of Covid-19 in the workplace
3. Eliminate Covid-19
Main source of masks here.
Safe Food Service Operation
Auckland is at Level 2 & rest of NZ at Alert Level 1 . This means Food Service Operators can open, should continue contact-less ordering, payment and delivery/collection food service and otherwise provide physical distancing where possible and contact tracing. Please refer to our Chip Group page here for detailed advice.
Exporters information on Covid-19 go here.
MPI generic exporter letter of assurance: inform customers and competent authorities on a one off basis that New Zealand has COVID-19 issues under control as far as possible cross contamination and worker safety here.
NZGAP info here.
NZTE Covid-19 info here.
NZTE air freight during Covid-19 here.
Essential Support Services
United Fresh Covid-19 info here.
Food Service Operators go here.
Food redistribution nationwide. Contacts found here.
Workplace response to Covid-19 visit Employment NZ here.
Work & Income NZ wage subsidy info here.
WINZ employer application here.
WINZ self-employed application here.
Horticulture New Zealand is also collating info and you will be receiving updates from them via email. If you can’t find what you need on our PNZ page, visit their website here. They have staff assigned to Covid-19 tasks who can help you if needed, see the Hort NZ page Covid-19 contacts page here.
POTATOES NEW ZEALAND 0800 399 674
HORTICULTURE NEW ZEALAND +64 4 472 3795 and see their key Covid-19 contacts here
RURAL SUPPORT: 0800 787 254
If you or someone else is in danger or endangering others, call the Police immediately on 111. If you feel you are not coping, it is important to talk with a health professional. For support with grief, anxiety, distress or mental wellbeing, you can call or text 1737 – free, anytime, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – to talk with a trained counselor.
LIFELINE: 0800 543 354 (AVAILABLE 24/7)
SUICIDE CRISIS HELPLINE: 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO) (available 24/7)
YOUTHLINE: 0800 376 633
KIDSLINE: 0800 543 754 (available 24/7)
WHATSUP: 0800 942 8787 (1pm to 11pm)
DEPRESSION.ORG.NZ: 0800 111 757 text 4202
List of related documents
We will add relevant documents to this list. Please download or link to these as needed. If you want signage for your workplace, download from the document list below.