For almost quarter of a century, NZKGI has been the voice for New Zealand’s kiwifruit growers, helping to make key decisions within the industry and acting as an advocate for the industry at government level.

NZKGI COVID-19 Information Hub

With the removal of the COVID-19 Protection Framework (Traffic light system), standard Health and Safety protocols must be followed on orchard under GAP. For more information on these, please contact your GLM or visit Canopy here.

Below are useful resources on testing for COVID-19 and ensuring the safety of your employees against COVID-19.

If you have any questions or feedback on the information provided below, please email us here.

Managing positive cases on orchard:

Staff MUST NOT come to work if they have a sore throat, runny nose, fever, persistent cough, are having problems breathing, or are suffering from cold and flu-like symptoms. If a worker or visitor to an orchard does become a positive case, these are the steps to follow:

  • Send the person home, and advise that they get tested if not already and self-isolate immediately
  • Identify any close contacts within the orchard and follow MOH advice for these contacts. Note: with the removal of CPF, close contacts including household contacts no longer have to isolate unless they are also postive.  
  • Sanitise areas visited by the person and sanitise any tools used by the person
  • Notify your post-harvest facility of the case and for further guidance
  • The person who has been sick should not return to work until 7 days after they tested positive. The worker does not need to do another test to be cleared.
  • Records of visitors and workers onsite should be kept for a minimum of 12 months

Found here.


Either a PCR test or a RAT test can now be used for diagnosis. These can be accessed through testing location across the country, listed here.

If you test positive on either test, you must isolate for at least 7 days. An additional test does not need to be completed unless new symptoms have developed on day 7. More information on what to do can be found here.

Household members of a positive case do not need to isolate unless they test positive. If they are positive, the household contact must isolate for an additional 7 days after positive result. More information here.

For instructions on how to administer a RAT test in multiple different languages, click here.


Information on and to book vaccinations/boosters here.

Market Access:

Zespri continues to provide input into a high-level MPI consultation of industry views on vaccination requirements for market access purposes. There is currently no legal requirement for mandatory vaccinations for these purposes (for any market).  We will keep you informed with details of any Government proposals as they become available.

COVID-19 Protection Framework information:

As of 13.9.2022, New Zealand is no longer under the COVID Protection Framework. For updated protocols, please refer to the Grower manual or your GLM. This information is remaining here as a placeholder if the COVID Protection Framework is re-established.

Full protocols can be found here.

Alert level system information:

The NZKGI information on the old alert level system can be found here.