NZOIA Response to COVID-19 - Updated 16 May 2022 

    NZOIA Office and Course Updates

    Advice for Members

    Assistance Available


    Covid-19 Current Status

    Current Traffic Light Setting

    All of NZ is at Orange on the COVID-19 Protection Framework.  

    All of NZ is in Phase 3 of the Omicron plan.     


    NZOIA Office Updates

    Courses – All NZOIA events can take place at Green, Orange and Red providing they are delivered within the COVID-19 Protection Framework (CPF).  NZOIA’s operational risk management on NZOIA Courses under the CPF can be viewed here:

    NZOIA Response to COVID-19 Protection Framework

    Symposium - The 2022 Symposium will go ahead under the current CPF. Registrations are now open. No vaccine passes will be required. All attendees from the cancelled 2021 Symposium have received a full refund or credit. 2020 & 2021 Tertiary Award Scholarship students will have the option of joining the 2022 Symposium.  If you have a credit you will still need to register for the 2022 Symposium to attend.

    MembershipThere were are a couple of options to assist members maintain their membership and registration if they were still experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19.  Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you haven’t yet completed your 2021/22 membership and registration, and you still would like to.

    Applications and Course Fees – If your course has been cancelled or is cancelled due to COVID-19, you can choose to transfer your application to a future course, hold your fee in credit or request a full refund of your fee.  If you have symptoms, test positive, become a household contact or suffer from COVID fatigue go to our course fees policy.

    Revalidation – If your revalidation plans have been interrupted due to COVID please contact the office for assistance.     


    Advice for Members

    We understand that this situation has had and will continue to have a big effect on many of our membership, both emotionally and financially.  During this time, it is important to take care of ourselves, our whanau and our community.  Employers also have a duty to minimise risk to staff.  The situation is constantly changing and we need to act decisively. 

    Outdoor recreation programmes and courses need to ensure they are following the below Government measures.

    Face masks at Orange

    Guidelines and resources

    Sport NZ guidance for the COVID-19 Protection Framework

    Sport NZ Hygiene and Sanitation Guidance

    Recreation Aotearoa have an extensive library of guidelines, webinars and resources to inform and support the recreation industry. 

    Tourism Industry Aotearoa continue to offer updated advice on COVID-19.

    Education Outdoors New Zealand has updated guidance on managing Education Outside The Classroom and Outdoor Education under the CPF

    International Travel guidance

    COVID-19 vaccines

    All of New Zealand should continue to do the following:


    Assistance Available 

    Find out about the supports available for individuals, families, employers and self-employed people affected by COVID-19 
    Short-term Absence Payment
    This is available for businesses, including self-employed people, to help pay employees who cannot work from home while they wait for a COVID-19 test result.
    The COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme is available for employers, including sole traders, to pay their employees who can’t work.  This may be because they are in one of the affected groups and Ministry of Health guidelines recommend they stay at home, and they can’t work from home.
    If COVID is taking its toll, following the link to the Ministry of Health website to find information and tools available to support your own and other’s mental wellbeing and where to get help if you need it. 

    If you are experiencing a new or worsening cough, a high temperature (at least 38 degrees Celsius), shortness of breath, sore throat, sneezing and runny nose, temporary loss of smell or altered sense of taste, or are awaiting a COVID-19 test result, or are a household contact with someone confirmed with COVID-19, get a test and if needed call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 or your Doctor. 


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