Events, projects and programmes approved for other critical workers

The Government has now established specific criteria for determining whether someone is considered a ‘critical worker’ to be eligible for an (economic) exception for entry.

We set out below for reference purposes the defined events, projects or programmes (together with their Lead Agency) where a request can be made by an employer and/or the Lead Agency for a exception for entry as at 18 June 2020:

Major government-approved programmes

  • Rocket Lab launches

Government-to-government agreements

  • The Antarctic Programme

Government-approved events

  • BWF Junior World Championships (Badminton)
  • ICC Women’s World Cup
  • New Zealand Golf Open
  • 36th America’s Cup
  • ICF Junior and U23 Canoe Slalom World Championships
  • Crankworx Rotorua
  • IronMan 70.3 World Championship 2020
  • The Pioneer
  • Winter Games
  • Rugby World Cup (Womens)
  • WSL Challenger Series Piha Pro
  • XVI WSBC Men’s Softball World Championship
  • Ocean Race 2022
  • FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023

Approved major infrastructure projects:

Infrastructure Project Lead Agency
Redevelopment of Scott Base – antartica Antarctica New Zealand
Whau Recreation Centre – New Recreation Centre Auckland Council
Modular Prison Build Programme – Stage 2 Department of Corrections
Waikeria Prison Build Department of Corrections
Peacocke River Bridge and Northern Arterials Construction – Hamilton Hamilton City Council
Hamilton Transport Network Renewals and Maintenance Hamilton City Council
Auckland Metro Rail Network Programme – Accelerated Renewals KiwiRail
North Auckland Line – Northland KiwiRail
Rolling Stock Procurement Project – Stage 1 – Wagon Fleet KiwiRail
Wellington Metro Rail Network Programme – Stage 4 – Network Capacity Improvements KiwiRail
Wellington Metro Rail Network Programme – Stage 6 – Infrastructure Upgrades KiwiRail
Wellington Metro Rail Network Programme – Stage 7 – Automated Train Protection KiwiRail
Auckland Metro Rail Network Programme – Wiri to Quay Park Capacity Enhancements KiwiRail
Auckland Metro Rail Network Programme – Papakura to Pukekohe Electrification KiwiRail
Interisland Ferry Replacement Project – Wellington and Picton KiwiRail
Main North Line Reinstatement Project – Christchurch to Picton KiwiRail
Rolling Stock Procurement Project – Stage 2 – Locomotives KiwiRail
Rolling Stock Procurement Project – Stage 2 – Wagons KiwiRail
Manawatu Road Maintenance Programme Manawatu District Council
Elective Capacity and Inpatient Beds and Supporting Infrastructure – Waitemata DHB Ministry of Health
Facilities Infrastructure Remediation Programme – Stage 1 – Auckland DHB Ministry of Health
Taranaki Base Hospital Redevelopment – Project Maunga – Stage 2 – Taranaki DHB Ministry of Health
New Dunedin Hospital Campus – Southern DHB Ministry of Health
Laboratory and Biocontainment Greenhouse New Build and Relocation – Tamaki Ministry of Primary Industries
Capability of Airfield Infrastructure New Zealand Defence Force
Investment in Horizontal Infrastructure New Zealand Defence Force
City Centre to Mangere Light Rail Auckland New Zealand Transport Agency
Mill Road – Northern Southern and Papakura Sections New Zealand Transport Agency
Low Cost Low Risk Road Improvements across New Zealand New Zealand Transport Agency
Drury Rail Station Development New Zealand Transport Agency
SH1 Improvements – Papakura to Bombay New Zealand Transport Agency
State Highway Improvements – SH1 Papakura to Drury South New Zealand Transport Agency
Tauranga Northern Link New Zealand Transport Agency
Walking and Cycling Facilities – Northern Pathway including Seapath New Zealand Transport Agency
Penlink Road. New Zealand Transport Agency
SH2 Te Puna to Omokoroa Improvements New Zealand Transport Agency
Melling Interchange Improvements. New Zealand Transport Agency
New State Highway Construction – Te Ahu a Turanga: Manawatu Tararua Highway New Zealand Transport Agency
SH1 Whangarei to Port Marsden Upgrade New Zealand Transport Agency
SH1 Otaki to North Levin Improvements New Zealand Transport Agency
Totara Road Wastewater Treatment Plant Consent Renewal Upgrade Palmerston North City Council
High Voltage Direct Current Cable Replacement and Capacity Increase – Cook Strait Transpower
Voltage Management – Waikato and Upper North Island Transpower
Adams Building Replacement Build and Precinct Enabler University of Otago
Dental School Redevelopment University of Otago
University of Otago – Christchurch Health Science Campus Redevelopment – Stage 1. University of Otago
Central Interceptor Programme – Western Springs to Mangere Watercare
Construction of New Gravity Tunnel – Whenuapai and Redhills Watercare
Huia 1 and Nihotupu 1 Watermain Replacement Watercare
New Watermain Connecting Woodlands Park Reservoirs to Greenhithe Bridge Watercare
Pump Station and Rising Main Upgrade – Stanmore Watercare
Upgrade of Huia Water Treatment Plant Watercare
Upgrade of the Waiuku Wastewater Treatment Plant and Wastewater Servicing to Clarks Beach Watercare
Wastewater Treatment Plant Reactor/Clarifiers and Ultra Violet Expansion – Rosedale Watercare
Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade – Pukekohe Watercare
Wastewater Treatment Plant Membrane Bio-Reactor Upgrade – Waiuku Watercare
New Aircraft Apron Wellington International Airport Limited
Marine Defences and Seawall Reconstruction Wellington International Airport Limited
New Domestic and International Jet Terminal Wellington International Airport Limited
Cross Harbour Pipeline Construction – Wellington Eastern Suburbs to Waterloo Wellington Water


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