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Whakapau kaha – to be better than before.

Essential businesses, and those that support them, will continue to provide the necessities of life for everyone in New Zealand.

This means food, medicine, healthcare, energy, fuel, waste-removal, internet and financial support will continue to be available.

What are essential businesses?

This list may evolve over time.

Sectors Entities providing essential services (including their supply chains)
  • Accommodation services for essential workers and people who need to be isolated/quarantined
  • Customs New Zealand, Immigration New Zealand and the Ministry for Primary Industries
Building and construction
  • Building and construction related to essential services, critical infrastructure, or immediately needed to maintain human health and safety at home/work
Courts, tribunals and the justice system
  • Courts of New Zealand and tribunals
  • Critical Crown entities (eg Electoral Commission)
Education At level 3 only:

  • Schools and educational facilities (e.g. ECE centres)
Fast-moving consumer goods
  • Businesses involved in the supply, delivery, distribution and sale of food, beverage and other key consumer goods (but not takeaway shops)
Financial services
  • Banks, insurers and other financial institutions
  • Hospitals, primary care clinics, pharmacies, medical laboratories, care facilities
  • Ambulance services
  • Mortuary services
Local and national government
  • Any entity involved in COVID-19 response or that has civil defence/emergency management functions
  • Key public services
Primary industries, including food and beverage production and processing
  • Packaging, production and processing of food and beverage products
  • Food safety and verification, inspection or associated laboratory services, food safety and biosecurity functions
  • Veterinary and animal health/welfare services
Public safety and national security
  • Emergency services
  • Security and intelligence services
  • Justice system
  • Public safety and national security roles
  • Any entity (including research organisations) involved in COVID-19 response, hazard monitoring, resilience, diagnostics for essential services
Social services
  • Welfare and social services, including NGOs, which meet immediate needs (further guidance will be provided)
Transport and logistics
  • Transport services
  • New Zealand Post and courier services
  • Any small passenger service vehicle driver – including taxis and ride-share services
Utilities and communications, including supply chains
  • Electricity, gas, water, waste, fuel, telecommunication services, internet providers and media
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