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 ProjectLead Agency
Redevelopment of Scott Base – antarticaAntarctica New Zealand
Whau Recreation Centre – New Recreation CentreAuckland Council
Modular Prison Build Programme – Stage 2Department of Corrections
Waikeria Prison BuildDepartment of Corrections
Peacocke River Bridge and Northern Arterials Construction – HamiltonHamilton City Council
Hamilton Transport Network Renewals and MaintenanceHamilton City Council
Auckland Metro Rail Network Programme – Accelerated RenewalsKiwiRail
North Auckland Line – NorthlandKiwiRail
Rolling Stock Procurement Project – Stage 1 – Wagon FleetKiwiRail
Wellington Metro Rail Network Programme – Stage 4 – Network Capacity ImprovementsKiwiRail
Wellington Metro Rail Network Programme – Stage 6 – Infrastructure UpgradesKiwiRail
Wellington Metro Rail Network Programme – Stage 7 – Automated Train ProtectionKiwiRail
Auckland Metro Rail Network Programme – Wiri to Quay Park Capacity EnhancementsKiwiRail
Auckland Metro Rail Network Programme – Papakura to Pukekohe ElectrificationKiwiRail
Interisland Ferry Replacement Project – Wellington and PictonKiwiRail
Main North Line Reinstatement Project – Christchurch to PictonKiwiRail
Rolling Stock Procurement Project – Stage 2 – LocomotivesKiwiRail
Rolling Stock Procurement Project – Stage 2 – WagonsKiwiRail
Manawatu Road Maintenance ProgrammeManawatu District Council
Elective Capacity and Inpatient Beds and Supporting Infrastructure – Waitemata DHBMinistry of Health
Facilities Infrastructure Remediation Programme – Stage 1 – Auckland DHBMinistry of Health
Taranaki Base Hospital Redevelopment – Project Maunga – Stage 2 – Taranaki DHBMinistry of Health
New Dunedin Hospital Campus – Southern DHBMinistry of Health
Laboratory and Biocontainment Greenhouse New Build and Relocation – TamakiMinistry of Primary Industries
Capability of Airfield InfrastructureNew Zealand Defence Force
Investment in Horizontal InfrastructureNew Zealand Defence Force
City Centre to Mangere Light Rail AucklandNew Zealand Transport Agency
Mill Road – Northern Southern and Papakura SectionsNew Zealand Transport Agency
Low Cost Low Risk Road Improvements across New ZealandNew Zealand Transport Agency
Drury Rail Station DevelopmentNew Zealand Transport Agency
SH1 Improvements – Papakura to BombayNew Zealand Transport Agency
State Highway Improvements – SH1 Papakura to Drury SouthNew Zealand Transport Agency
Tauranga Northern LinkNew Zealand Transport Agency
Walking and Cycling Facilities – Northern Pathway including SeapathNew Zealand Transport Agency
Penlink Road.New Zealand Transport Agency
SH2 Te Puna to Omokoroa ImprovementsNew Zealand Transport Agency
Melling Interchange Improvements.New Zealand Transport Agency
New State Highway Construction – Te Ahu a Turanga: Manawatu Tararua HighwayNew Zealand Transport Agency
SH1 Whangarei to Port Marsden UpgradeNew Zealand Transport Agency
SH1 Otaki to North Levin ImprovementsNew Zealand Transport Agency
Totara Road Wastewater Treatment Plant Consent Renewal UpgradePalmerston North City Council
High Voltage Direct Current Cable Replacement and Capacity Increase – Cook StraitTranspower
Voltage Management – Waikato and Upper North IslandTranspower
Adams Building Replacement Build and Precinct EnablerUniversity of Otago
Dental School RedevelopmentUniversity of Otago
University of Otago – Christchurch Health Science Campus Redevelopment – Stage 1.University of Otago
Central Interceptor Programme – Western Springs to MangereWatercare
Construction of New Gravity Tunnel – Whenuapai and RedhillsWatercare
Huia 1 and Nihotupu 1 Watermain ReplacementWatercare
New Watermain Connecting Woodlands Park Reservoirs to Greenhithe BridgeWatercare
Pump Station and Rising Main Upgrade – StanmoreWatercare
Upgrade of Huia Water Treatment PlantWatercare
Upgrade of the Waiuku Wastewater Treatment Plant and Wastewater Servicing to Clarks BeachWatercare
Wastewater Treatment Plant Reactor/Clarifiers and Ultra Violet Expansion – RosedaleWatercare
Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade – PukekoheWatercare
Wastewater Treatment Plant Membrane Bio-Reactor Upgrade – WaiukuWatercare
New Aircraft ApronWellington International Airport Limited
Marine Defences and Seawall ReconstructionWellington International Airport Limited
New Domestic and International Jet TerminalWellington International Airport Limited
Cross Harbour Pipeline Construction – Wellington Eastern Suburbs to WaterlooWellington Water