National Transition Period

Information about the National Transition Period and what this means.

A National Transition Period is now in place

The State of National Emergency has been lifted and a National Transition Period is now in place across the country. The period will help:

  • mitigate the risk of transmission of COVID-19 in our communities
  • ensure a nationally consistent and coordinated approach
  • support activities undertaken by Civil Defence Emergency Management authorities.

The notice of a National Transition Period has been made by the Minister of Civil Defence Hon Peeni Henare under the Civil Defence Emergency Management Act 2002. 

Notice of National Transition period — 14 May 2020 (external link)


The National Transition Period came into force at 12.21pm on Wednesday 13 May 2020 – the point at which the state of national emergency expired. 

The National Transition Period ends at 12.21pm on Monday 10 August 2020, unless extended or terminated earlier. 

Relationship with the COVID-19 Alert System

The National Transition Period does not change the COVID-19 Alert Level.

Information about the COVID-19 Alert System

Powers available under a National Transition Period

A National Transition Period supports a transition from an emergency response into the initial recovery phase. A National Transition Period provides the National Recovery Manager and others access to special powers designed to assist with recovery (rather than response).

The powers available under a National Transition Period are similar to the powers available under a State of Emergency, although not as extensive. 

Transition Period powers enable recovery managers to, among other things:

  • provide for the conservation and supply of food, fuel and other essential supplies
  • require information from persons
  • direct persons to stop any activity that may cause, or substantially contribute to the consequences of the spread of COVID-19, or prevent or substantially hinder recovery.

Police constables can also exercise powers during a transition period.

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