Information as at Tuesday 2 June 2020

The situation changes daily and continues to evolve.

Be vigilant. Wash hands. Stay apart.


In January 2020, Chinese authorities confirmed the presence of a new type of novel coronavirus known as COVID-19. Other corona viruses include the common cold, SARS and MERS.

The situation changes daily and continues to evolve. Please note the timeline below.


    • 2 June: NZ has now been without a new case of the virus for 11 days, with just one known case still active. If there are no further cases in the coming days, we could be in a position to move to Alert Level 1 next week. We will hear Monday 8 May. 
    • 1 June: Zero new cases for 10 days in row.
    • 31 May: Zero case for the ninth day in a row.
    • 30 May: No new cases, and some community testing centres closing. The Warriors became the first professional sports team to return to competition. Trump withdraws from WHO. 
    • 29 May: No new cases. At midday today, the 10-person gathering restriction was eased, to 100. Govt announces $175 million arts and creative sector recovery package. 
    • 28: May: No new cases today. Still 1504 total cases, 1462 recovered (97% recovery rate), 21 dead, currently active cases 21, with none in hospital. 
    • 27 May: No new cases for the 5th day in a row.
    • 26 May: There were no new cases of COVID-19 reported today and there has now only been three new cases in the past 15 days.
    • 25 May: No new cases. Finance Minister Grant Robertson said the payment acknowledges the global economy is facing a 1-in-100 year recession. At 4pm today the Government announced that gatherings can increase to 100 people, from noon on Friday 29 May.
    • 24 May: No new cases again today.
    • 23 May: No new cases today.
    • 22 May: First new case in five days, linked to an existing cluster. The big news of the day was that Simon bridges was replaced as National Leader by Todd Muller.
    • 21 May: There were no new cases today, 4th day in row of none. Just two new cases reported in the past 10 days. The total number of cases is 1503 (97% recovered). The death toll stands at 21. More than 600 funerals and tangihanga have been registered (ie numbers above 50) since moving to Level 2 so the system is working well according to DG of Health. There have been 236,000 registrations of the government’s COVID-19 tracing app. Dr Bloomfield is encouraging more New Zealanders to download it. Dr Bloomfield said that NZrs can infer from the numbers of cases now in NZ that the MoH is in a good place to recommend to Cabinet that numbers at churches etc can be increased.
    • 20 May: No new cases again today. 1503 in total to date. More information about the Tracing app launched late last night.
    • 19 May: No new virus cases again today but 4 more counted in NZ’s total as 4 people who were previously counted in Uruguay’s numbers have returned here (and recovered) and are now counted in ours. Total cases are now 1503 but with a 96% recovery rate. Tomorrow a tracing app will be launched. Next Monday we will hear about religious organisations and a possible increase in numbers allowed to meet. 
    • 18 May: No new cases today. Only 2 new cases last week. Approx 800,000 students head back to school today for the first time in eight weeks. Retailers saw a surge in business over the weekend, but aren’t expecting a return to normal anytime soon. NZ is part of a coalition of 62 countries backing an Australian push for an investigation into the origin of the outbreak.
    • 17 May: 1 new case, a boy aged 4, linked to the Rosewood cluster. Only 45 active cases. Tomorrow children return to school, albeit a different environment. 
    • 16 May: NZs first weekend of alert level 2, no new cases and 95% recovery. 
    • 15 May: 1 new case (reclassified) linked to a cluster. 1498 cases overall with 95% recovery. 
    • 14 May: Welcome to Level 2. It was the third day in a row with no new cases. The Budget plans were unveiled with more support for the response to the pandemic.
    • 13 May: No new cases. No new deaths. Second day in row. Government debating legislation about Level 2 today. 
    • 12 May: No new cases nor deaths. A good sign.
    • 11 May: 3 new cases: 2 nurses and 1 overseas. No deaths. 1497 total with 1386 recovered. Briefing at 4pm today advised that from Thursday 14 May, we will move to level 2 gradually over 10 days. From Thursday all retail outlets, malls, cafes, cinemas, gyms and playgrounds will open. From Monday 18 May all educations facilities. From Thursday 21 May all bars. BUT we still need to keep social distancing and hygiene up and have gatherings of no more than 10 at all places and spaces. This means churches can meet but only with 10 people present. Another call on numbers for gatherings will be made 2 weeks from now.
    • 10 May: Mother’s Day. Two new cases were confirmed today. One is linked to he St Margaret’s Hospital & Rest Home in Auckland, the other is a person who has travelled back from overseas. The total number of confirmed and probable cases is 1494, and 92% have recovered.
    • 9 May: 2 more cases today both linked to known clusters, which makes 1492 overall. Reported new cases over the last seven days are: 2, 0, 0, 2, 1, 2, and today 2, which is a good sign but we must stay vigilant and remember we are still in AL 3.
    • 8 May: There are two new Covid-19 cases today, one of which is a health worker. The overall number has increased by 1 to 1490, with a recovery rate of 90%. “Play it safe. We don’t want a second wave,” DG of Health, Dr Caroline McElnay, said.
    • 7 May: 1 new case and no new deaths means 1489 cases altogether. PM described what Level 2 will look like. Schools, cafes, hairdressers and more can open. Groups of people must be less than 100, with a distance of 2m apart for strangers and less for those you know. On Monday the Govt will announce when Level 2 will start. 
    • 6 May: 2 new cases today and a total of 1488 with 1 new death. 88% recovery rate.
    • 5 May: Zero cases again. Cautious optimism for breaking the back of the spread of the virus. The PM has received international recognition by PR experts for her communications in this crisis.
    • 4 May: Zero new cases today! The first day of no new cases and deaths remain at 20. There have been breeches under Alert Level 3, so we need to remain vigilant about social distancing and hygiene. What will and won’t be allowed today under AL2 is being discussed at cabinet today and the PM will brief NZrs on Thursday. Monday next week the Govt will decide if we move to Alert Level 2 or not. Global cases at 3.5 million, with almost 250,000 deaths.
    • 3 May: Two new cases, no new deaths. The DG of Health warned that “concerning” public behaviour could slow the country’s move to level 2. Govt announced that new legislation will fast-track consent for a suite of “shovel-ready” infrastructure projects.
    • 2 May: 1485 cases, 1263 recovered, 20 deaths. There have been 281 breaches under AL3, mostly social distancing.
    • 1 May: 3 new cases and a total of 1479 cases overall.
    • 30 April: there are 3 new cases (total 1476), 1241 of which have recovered and no new deaths. Unfortunately more than one in 10 of our cases are healthcare workers. The PM said 75% of the economy is operating but businesses must ensure physical distancing and contactless distribution or they will be shut down.
    • 29 April: There are two new cases and no new deaths. Police are investigating compliance issues for Level 3 but realise that leniency is required until all get their heads around the social distancing responsibilities.
    • 28 April: Level 3 begins: The Waiting Room. Garden centres are open today. Contactless food and drink outlets are also back to work. Today total cases are 1472 and recovered 1214.
    • 27 April: just 5 new cases and a total of 1,469 (the 8th day in a row where the number of new cases has been in the single digits) but sadly 1 more death (total now 19). Recovered number is 1,180. We move from Alert level 4 to to level 3 at midnight. The PM has thanked kiwis for the good work done to date, but needs us to stay vigilant. AL#3 will allow some businesses to operate and take some pressure of the economy but we can’t go back to being social just yet. A contract tracing app is being developed. Globally we have nearly 3 mil cases with about 200,000 deaths. NZ is fortunate. 
    • 26 April: 9 new cases (total 1470) with no deaths, and 1142 recovered cases. The Govt announced $107 million to help with housing.
    • 25 April: 5 new cases and 1 more death bring the total to 1461 cases, with 1118 recovered, which is a recovery rate of 77%. Being Anzac Day there was no live briefing but a statement issued instead.
    • 24 April: There have been five new cases, bringing the total number to 1456,  one more death (from Rosewood) and 30 more have recovered bringing the recovered number to 1095.  
    • 23 April: Three new cases, and two new deaths. The PM endorsed RSA’s request for people to stand in their driveway at 6am to remember Anzac Day. On the global stage, today Trump suggested using disinfectant orally or intravenously to kill the virus.  
    • 22 April: 1450 cases with one more death bringing the total deaths to 14.  
    • 21 April: There has been 5 new cases, 1006 recovered cases and one additional death.
    • 20 April: Announcement was at 4 pm today as cabinet considered a change from level 4. The PM announced that a move to alert level three will take place at 11.59 pm on Monday, April 27, and we’ll stay there for at least two weeks. Nine new cases were announced along with $55 million dollar investment in contact tracing.
    • 19 April: only 9 new cases totaling 1431 cases and 912 recovered. The first NZ home death was announced. 
    • 18 April: Via a written statement today the Govt announced 13 more cases which brings the overall cases to 1422, but 867 have recovered. A record number of 4677 Covid-19 tests were processed, and gladly no community transmission was detected.  
    • 17 April: Dr Caroline McElnay advised 1409 cases and 2 more deaths bringing the total deaths to 11. 
    • 16 April: 1401 cases and 770 recovered. The overall downward trend of cases continues (that started around April 8).
    • 15 April: 1386 cases, 728 recovered and no new deaths. The PM has announced that ministers and top public servants will take a 20% pay cut.
    • 14 April: 1366 cases, 628 recovered and sadly four new deaths today, 3 from Rosewood. The State of National Emergency has been extended for a further seven days.
    • 13 April: A small overall increase to 1349 cases, 40% of which have recovered. Over the Easter weekend more patients have died from the cluster at Rosewood rest home in Christchurch, bringing the national total to 5 deaths. On 20 April a decision will be made about moving to Level 3 or not. 
    • 12 April: Easter Sunday is relatively quiet: The number of new cases drops to 18 and no deaths are reported.
    • 11 April:The total number of cases is now 1330. This is New Zealand’s 18th day in lockdown. Two new deaths are announced: a Wellington man in his 80s and the other is a man in his 70s from Rosewood rest home.
    • 10 April: A Chch Rosewood Resthome resident has died in Burwood Hospital. Health Ministry Director of Public Health, Dr Caroline McElnay, advises this brings the numbers to 12839 cases, 373 recovered and 2 dead. 
    • 9 April: 1239 cases today with 317 recovered. The boarders are now closed with 2 weeks quarantine for all returning to NZ regardless of symptoms. On 20th April the cabinet will decided if to decrease the Alert level from 4 to 3. 
    • 8 April: 1210 case today with 282 who have recovered. Overseas media have praised Jacinda for her early and hard response, saying NZ is squashing, not flattening, the curve. 
    • 7 April: 1160 cases today and 24 more recovered. Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield says more people have recovered in the last 24 hours than tested positive, and we can be increasingly confident” about our lockdown response. The mental health team, “All Right?” has launched a new well-being campaign called “Getting through together campaign“. The Minister of Health was demoted for a 2nd lapse in judgement. UK’s PM has been admitted to intensive care. 
    • 6 April: Day 12 of the lockdown and we have 1106 cases today with 176 recovered. Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield says early results on origins of virus: 43% linked to travel, 38% close contacts of overseas travel, 2% community transmission. New cluster in Chch Rosewood Rest Home: 15 confirmed cases both residents and staff. Infected residents being moved for isolation and care purposes, and DHB is looking after those remaining. A new searchble list of business that have applied for the government assistance is available this afternoon. A mental health wellbeing package is being released tomorrow. Globally, the number of cases has climbed above 1 million. The UK PM who tested positive 10 days ago, has deteriorated and is now in hospital.  
    • 2 April: 797 cases today with 92 recovered. Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield says numbers are still increasing as expected. No flattening of the curve yet. More tests are being called for and the relaxed conditions for getting a test will help. PPE gear is available. Std Flu vaccines are available and happening.
    • 1 April: 708 cases today. 
    • 31 March: 647 cases today. Supermarkets will be closed on Good Friday but will be open all other days of the long weekend including Easter Sunday. 
    • 30 March: 589 cases today. A website has been set up for people to raise concerns about price-gouging. 
    • 29 March: Day 4 of full lock-down: 514 cases and 1 death (on the WC of NZ). Jacinda said: “Today’s death is a reminder of the fight we have on our hands. And it’s a reminder of why it’s so important.” The public have been asked to use the form at to report breaches of the lock-down, rather than calling the police 111 system.
    • 28 March: 458 cases:12 in hospital, 2 intensive care. messages are “stick to your bubble,” “stay local” and “be kind”. The global number of cases has surpassed half a million.
    • 27 March: Retired and ex-medical staff are volunteering. 368 cases: 8 are in hospital and 1 in intensive care. 
    • 26 March: Level 4 is in force. Cases are now at 283. A Social Services finance and support package was announced. 
    • 25 March: A state of Emergency has been declared. Level 4 begins at 11.59 pm tonight (25 March). e-Life contained a huge amount of information about the Diocese and what they are doing in these extraordinary times. Cases are now at 205. Globally, the Olympic Games are postponed. 
    • 24 March: Cases are now at 155. The Government has advised that from midnight tomorrow night (Wednesday) we transition to Level 4. This is full lock-down. The Government has put in place multiple relief and assistance packages such as mortgage holidays, employer/ee support, and government guaranteed bank loans for businesses,
    • 23 March: The government has taken us to Alert Level 3 (and in 48 hrs Alert level 4). The Prime Minister advises this shutdown is to break the chain of community transmission of COVID-19 and to stop the spread of the virus. All non-essential services are now to close and where possible, people are to work from home. All people are asked to self isolate and not have contact with anyone except the people living in their own home. Schools will be shut from tomorrow and the school holidays will be brought forward. Essential services will be available at every alert level. These measures are in place for four weeks, then they will be reviewed.
    • 21 March with community transmission probable, many activities have been curtailed. This includes all 70+ yrs or at risk people have been asked to stay at home, travel is restricted to essential journeys only, libraries and other CCC facilities are closed, and a new 4-Stage-Alert-System (36 downloads) has been introduced by the Government. Currently NZ is at alert level 2. If an at risk person turns up to church tomorrow, they will be asked to return home. Pastoral care for all will be a priority for parishes.
    • 20 March at 2.30pm, a Special e-Life was issued by Bishop Peter Carrell to our Diocese, advising all services will cease from Monday 23 March until further notice. Information about mid week gatherings and that Churches should remain open were also included. Anyone conducting church this Sunday 22 March needs to follow this directive Coronavirus-Directions-16-March-2020-1.pdf (78 downloads)
    • 20 March, the National Anglican Church ANZP issued a directive to stop all services in the province from Monday 23 March. Read that information here. 
    • 19 March For the first time in history, NZ’s borders are closed (unless you are a NZ citizen or have PR).
    • 19 March NZrs can gather outdoors in numbers under 500, and indoors in numbers under 100.
    • 16 March updated guidelines were issued to our Diocese about communion procedures. Coronavirus-Directions-16-March-2020-1.pdf (78 downloads)
    • 16 March a Pandemic Traffic Light plan was sent to parishes Updated Traffic Light 19.3.20 (23 downloads) and Taonga published supporting information at a National level
    • 12 March the WHO declared it a pandemic.





  • We live and worship to the praise and glory of God.
  • The people of God are called to love and care for one another, for our neighbours and even our enemies. Our love and compassion is especially directed to the vulnerable who appear, in this current situation, to be the elderly and those with existing health conditions.
  • In the context of a global COVID-19 / Coronavirus Pandemic (as declared by the World Health Organisation), of many nations declaring drastic measures in order to slow down if not halt the spread of this infectious disease, and of our own nation imposing a 14 day self-isolation of all arrivals on our shores, it is incumbent
    on churches to demonstrate our commitment in love for others by change in practice and custom in order to collaborate in the prevention of the spread of this disease.
  • Churches together have a common task in respect of the people of God who meet for worship and in respect of all people in society and thus we adopt and adapt each other’s best practice and wisdom in order to achieve common messaging in this critical time.
  • With respect to Holy Communion and concerns people may have about receiving communion “in one kind” only, the following should be noted as the common mind of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia, as expressed in our prayer book: When people who desire to receive the Holy Communion are unable to do so for any other reason, their desire and such prayers as they are able to offer ensure that they do spiritually receive the body and blood of Christ. A New Zealand Prayer Book He Karakia Mihinare o Aotearoa page 729


Additional Information for General Purposes


Health Guidance

  • NZ is following the guidance of the NZ Ministry of Health (MoH) and the World Health Organisation (WHO).
  • The virus affects the lungs and breathing and looks a bit like the influenza or flu virus. It especially impacts the elderly and people already sick for another reason.
  • Symptoms can range from mild to severe and some people infected are a-symptomatic, or show no symptoms.
  • Symptoms are: a temperature greater than 38 degrees, mild to acute respiratory illness and possibly also one of the following: shortness of breath, cough, or sore throat.
  • If you have symptoms of the coronavirus, call the NZ COVID-19 Healthline on 0800 358 5453 (+64 9 358 5453 for international SIMs)
  • At this stage there is no vaccination, but it is being worked on.
  • The best source of information on the virus is NOT social media, but we can rely on information from the NZ Ministry of Health or from the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Stay Calm & Wash your Hands

  • Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze (we recommend the ‘chicken-wing’ method rather than your hands)

    The ‘chicken-wing’ method for covering a cough or sneeze
  • If using a tissue, put it in the bin
  • Stay home if you are sick (working from home may be an option)
  • Avoiding close contact (2m is the recommended distance) with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms
  • If you have been in contact with an unwell person or you yourself are feeling unwell, avoid contact with the elderly and anyone with a compromised immune system especially those with respiratory issues.
  • Two useful posters on handwashing and washing and drying hands are available by clicking on the links
  • The Ministry of Health’s advise on the best way to protect yourself and others is available here.
  • MOH information sheets are available here.

Be prepared at home

  • Have a plan—who can help if you are ill?
  • Build up your emergency supplies kit
  • Visit the Civil Defence website for more information about getting your home ready
  • The Ministry of Health has a large amount of current resources.


World Health Organisation

The WHO, from their headquarters in Geneva, provide regular and updated information on COVID-19. Visit their website or read their daily situation report which you can view here.

Resources and acknowledgements: