As of 2 December 2021 11.59 pm, New Zealand will be moving into the new COVID-19 Protection Framework. This will be the updated system to keep the public and businesses safe going forth while dealing with COVID-19 in the community. NZKGI is making sure you are kept up to date on how this change in systems will affect you and your orchard. If you have any questions or feedback on the information provided below, please email us here.
General points for all levels:
Recommending separation of workers on orchard (bubbles):
Travel between different regions:
Have a plan for COVID-19 on your orchard:
Full protocols can be found here.
The following information gives an outline of the NZKGI office COVID-19 protocols. The protocols derive from NZKGI’s Infectious Diseases policy which recognises that the Health and Safety of people is of utmost importance to NZKGI. Infectious diseases are considered a workplace hazard which NZKGI has a responsibility to actively manage under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA).
In establishing the protocols, NZKGI has followed guidance from the Ministry of Health.
The following NZKGI protocols are aligned with protocols established by Zespri (as landlord) and followed by KVH (given shared resource/space).
All Traffic Light settings
All staff, contractors, growers, and other visitors who wish to physically be on-site in the NZKGI office will be asked to show their vaccination status and demonstrate they are fully vaccinated. Any staff, contractors, growers or other visitors who are not fully vaccinated or who are not prepared to disclose their vaccination status will be required to provide a negative COVID-19 test (RAT) within the last 24 hours to gain entry into the NZKGI office. A RAT test can be procured from the Zespri reception. In addition, the following general settings will be adhered to:
Orange/Green Traffic Light:
The NZKGI office will be open to vaccinated individuals and those that provide a negative COVID-19 test (RAT). Meetings can be held face to face.
Red Traffic Light:
NZKGI employees will have flexibility between working from the NZKGI office and home, with consideration for certain risk levels. In-person meetings and events will be limited, and when held will be conducted under MOH guidance. Travel and fieldwork will also be limited, with approval required from Chief Executive.
These protocols will come into effect come from Tuesday, 18 January 2022, and will be reviewed regularly. These protocols are in abbreviated form. For the full NZKGI office COVID-19 protocols, please contact the NZKGI office.
Information on and to book vaccinations/boosters here.
Risk assessment information here.
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.
The NZKGI information on the old alert level system can be found here.
Work and Income phone number: 0800 40 80 40
NZKGI office phone number: 0800 232 505