Keep up to date with Aotearoa New Zealand’s response to COVID-19.
The traffic lights (COVID-19 Protection Framework) protect Aotearoa New Zealand from COVID-19, while allowing people greater freedoms.
Protect yourself and others from COVID-19 by following the latest health advice and not sharing unreliable information.
Vaccination protects your child, your whānau and your community. The COVID-19 vaccine is free and available for everyone aged 5 and over.
Testing for COVID-19 and contact tracing are 2 important ways to help manage COVID-19 in Aotearoa New Zealand.
There is support and advice available if you test positive for COVID-19, and you need to self-isolate.
Information about travelling to, leaving and transiting through New Zealand.
If your income has been affected by COVID-19, you may be able to apply for financial support.
Answer these questions to find out what financial support you could get.
There are different support options if you are an employer, are self-employed or a sole trader, or if you are an employee.
If you or someone in your household are waiting for a COVID-19 PCR test result and need to stay home, you may be eligible for the COVID-19 Short-Term Absence Payment.
If you cannot work from home, your employer can apply to help pay you. You can also apply if you are self-employed.
You employer can get a one-off payment of $359. Talk to your employer if you think you meet the criteria.
COVID-19 Short-term Absence Payment | workandincome.govt.nz(external link) (external link)
If you cannot work from home while you are self-isolating, you may be eligible for the COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme. Your employer needs to apply for you. You can also apply if you are self-employed.
You may also be eligible for the scheme if you or someone you care for is at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19.
Your employer can get $600 per week if you work full time, and $359 per week if you work part time to pass on to you. Talk to your employer if you think you meet the criteria.
COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme | workandincome.govt.nz (external link)
Extra help while you are self-isolating | workandincome.govt.nz (external link)
If you have lost your job or you cannot work at the moment, you may be able to get help from Work and Income.
Use the online tool to find out what type of help you may qualify for.
Support if you are not working | workandincome.govt.nz (external link)
If you have lost your job because you decide not to get the COVID-19 vaccination, Work and Income may be able to help.
You can get financial support from Work and Income regardless of your vaccination status.
Lost job because of vaccination requirement | workandincome.govt.nz (external link)
If you have lost your job, cannot work or are working fewer hours, you may be able to get a benefit or some other financial help from Work and Income.
Work and Income can help with urgent costs like:
You do not need to be on a benefit to get financial support.
Help for you and your whānau during COVID-19 | workandincome.govt.nz (external link)
Call Work and Income on 0800 559 009 or use their online calculator to check what you might be eligible for.
Check what you might get | msd.govt.nz(external link) (external link)
If your employment has been affected and you are experiencing financial hardship, or you need help getting home, your embassy or consulate may be able to help.
People on a temporary visa are not eligible for help from Work and Income.
Contact details of your country's embassy, consulate or high commission(external link) (external link)
If you are an international student and are experiencing financial hardship, we recommend you speak to your education provider or student association. They may be able to offer you free budgeting advice, or tell you about funds that are available.
6 May 2022
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