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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. New Zealand is currently responding at Level 1 alert and has declared a National Emergency. This page offers the latest update for the potato industry and useful resources.

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Latest news

9th May midnight – New Zealand now operating at Alert Level 1 – Congratulations!!!

Posters for workplaces are here.

Whenua Māori: Te Puni Kōkiri have response and recovery actions well underway for whenua and whānau. Read their page here . Each report focuses on a particular theme.

  1. Respond – Managing business continuity
  2. Prepare to recover – Learn and emerge stronger
  3. Preparing to thrive – Preparing for the future.

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

14th April MPI finalise Safe Practice guidelines. Download from the list at the bottom of this page.

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

NZ now operating at Alert Level 1. This means Food Service Operators can open, may prefer to 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. Level 3 fact sheet is in the list at the bottom of this page.

Exporter Advice

Exporters information on Covid-19 go here.

MPI exporting during Covid-19 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

Asure Quality Covid-19 response info here.

United Fresh Covid-19 info here. Summary guides from UF in the document list at bottom of this page.

Food Service Operators go here.

Food redistribution nationwide. Contacts found here.

Employer Info

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.

Useful Numbers

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

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.

Name Downloads
Name Downloads
United Fresh Level 3 Guide
53 downloads
United Fresh Level 4 Guide
49 downloads
Covid-19 Alert Level 3 Fact Sheet
61 downloads
47 downloads
61 downloads
49 downloads
57 downloads
67 downloads
PNZ Interim Covid-19 Safe Practice Advice 25.3.2020
66 downloads
66 downloads
79 downloads
88 downloads
58 downloads
Slow the spread Covid-19 poster
94 downloads
STOP notice for entries Covid-19
92 downloads
Self-isolation poster Covid-19
72 downloads
Hand washing poster Covid-19
97 downloads
Cough into elbow poster COVID-19
80 downloads
Keep Your Distance Poster UNITED FRESH
90 downloads
71 downloads
Protect Yourself Against Covid-19 workplace poster March 2020
77 downloads
107 downloads

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