In January 2020, Chinese authorities confirmed a new type of coronavirus, known as COVID-19. The Ministry of Health is closely monitoring the situation and following guidance from the World Health Organization.

The most up-to-date COVID-19 information and health advice is available on the Ministry of Health website. For COVID-19 health advice and information, contact the Healthline team (for free) on 0800 358 5453 or +64 9 358 5453 for international SIMS.

New government COVID-19 website

A new website has been launched by the New Zealand Government. It brings together all the relevant information about COVID-19 in one place.


We have published a new section on our website called talkingCOVID to support health care workers. The aim of this web content is to provide support via a toolkit to help navigate care planning and decision-making in an empathetic and person-centric way in the current changing environment. As people working in health care, we recognise these are unprecedented times.

The resources on these pages are designed to help clinicians have conversations about what matters most to their patients and their whānau. They are easily accessed, clear and consistent, and are based on sound principles, evidence and experience.

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COVID-19 resource hub

Our new COVID-19 resource hub is live on our website. It includes a range of wellbeing, health and safety and leadership resources for everyday work, aimed at health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

There's also information about how you can support yourselves and others, including consumers, teams and colleagues.

Visit the COVID-19 resource hub >>

Hand hygiene resources

To help with the response, the Health Quality & Safety Commission is making the hand hygiene resources below available free-of-charge, until stocks run out. After this, PDFs of the resources will continue to be available in the following languages. These can be found using the links at the bottom of this page.

Hard copy resources can be ordered through the Commission’s website using this link:

As of 5 May 2020, we have no more stock of:

  • ‘Wash your hands’ A3 poster in te reo Māori.

Last updated 24/11/2020