The nation remains cautiously optimistic as they extend the state of emergency by another week.


  • On 14 April, the State of National Emergency was extended for a further seven days, as part of New Zealand’s efforts to support the COVID-19 response.
  • First declared on 25 March, the emergency provides authorities access to powers that would not normally be available, including closing or restricting access to roads or public places, provide rescue, first aid, food, shelter, etc., as well as conserve essential supplies, among others.
  • However, this does not affect the Alert Level 4 nationwide lockdown that is currently in place. This means that only essential services are allowed to continue operations while locals are required to stay home.