Covid-19 Local Government Response Unit Update – Monday 29 November 2021

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National State of Play

The country will shift into the new traffic light system on Friday, 3 December 2021.

Red light settings include Northland, Auckland, Taupō and Rotorua Lakes Districts, Kawerau, Whakatāne, Ōpōtiki Districts, Gisborne District, Wairoa District, Rangitikei, Whanganui and Ruapehu Districts.

The rest of the North Island will move in at Orange. The entire South Island will move in at Orange.

These settings will be reviewed in two weeks (Monday 13th December 2021).

To help understand how this applies to your region, please see the below links:

COVID-19 Protection Framework guidance for local government

The Response Unit has been working with a group of chief executives on creating guidance for the implementation of the COVID-19 Protection Framework. This guidance is available here: Local-Government-CPF-guidance-Nov-2021.pdf (PDF, 415KB)

This information is accurate to the best of our understanding as at 26 November 2021. Following today’s Cabinet decisions, as well as the publication of the Health Order this week, this guidance document will be updated and released with our next email update on Thursday 2nd December 2021.

Thank you for your ongoing patience and support through this fast moving and challenging legislative environment.

If you have feedback on the guidance, please sent it through the inbox.


Taituarā’s webinar to discuss the COVID-19 Protection Framework guidance document

Taituarā is hosting a webinar to facilitate the application of the COVID-19 Protection Framework guidance document. This webinar is on Thursday (2nd December) between 4-5pm.

All Chief Executives in the local government sector will receive an invitation to this webinar from Taituarā. 

Information on current cases, COVID-19 test sites and economic support

There are 182 new cases of Covid-19 in the community today. Of today's new cases, five are in Northland, 167 in Auckland and 10 in Waikato - 123 of them are yet to be epidemiologically linked.

There were 3,679 first and second vaccine doses administered yesterday, made up of 3,697 first doses and 8,040 second doses. To date, 92% of eligible people in New Zealand have had their first dose and 85% are fully vaccinated.

Available testing sites can be found on the Ministry of Health website: Available testing sites.

Locations of interest can be found at Locations of Interest. This is being updated as soon as information is available.

Economic assistance is available for those impacted by the lockdown, more information available on the COVID-19 website , including details of the Business Boost package.

Please share with us your approaches towards the COVID-19 Protection Framework

We would like to know how councils are implementing the COVID-19 Protection Framework in their organisations and communities. This will help us to collate information, and build a resource that will assist consistency of application across the sector (shared approach) and inform our ongoing guidance development.

If you would like to share your council’s thinking and application of the new protection framework, please email them to us at