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COVID-19 information

25 March 2020

Check this page for up-to-date information about the global pandemic and how it affects architects, architectural practices and our wider community. Last updated 25 March 2020.

As New Zealand is now in COVID-19 lockdown, the message is simple: stay home, save lives. If you do have to make an unavoidable trip (to the supermarket or pharmacy, for example), stay at least 2 metres away from other people.

Each of us must commit fully to lockdown otherwise we risk a longer isolation period. This is about putting the brakes on the transmission of COVID-19 now, so we may see the benefits in the weeks ahead. 

The team at Te Kāhui Whaihanga NZIA are doing everything we can to continue to serve our members and make our contribution to the wider community effort.

Current COVID-19 Alert Level: 4 (Eliminate)

Five actions we urge you to take today:

Stay at home

New Zealand is now in a state of emergency. We must stay at home and avoid contact with others as much as possible to minimise the spread of COVID-19. Find out what this means on  

Access government support

Familiarise yourself and your employees with the government subsidies available for businesses and apply now if you meet the criteria. Check out our comprehensive guide to applying for these subsidies.

Information on wage subsidies and leave payments can be found on the Work & Income Te Hiranga Tangata website. Details about accessing stress counselling and support are also available.

Attend to employee and staffing issues

Practice owners: remember this is a time of uncertainty for employees. 

At this highly uncertain time, employees will be looking for clear communications and updates on Practice plans and projects. Physical separation doesn’t mean there must be social separation also. Connecting with your people and engaging in everyday conversations will be critical.  

For some information about managing employment issues, Dundas Street Employment Lawyers in Wellington have created an FAQ for COVID-19-related issues (PDF). 


Commit to regular, clear and frequent communications with your staff and colleagues about the latest Ministry of Health and government advice. Make use of your peer networks, such as Practice Support Groups. Avoid unproven or anecdotal information, particularly that sourced from social media.

And stay in touch with anyone living alone and vulnerable older people in your network. 

Talk to us

How can we help? Te Kāhui Whaihanga NZIA is here to support you and your practice. Here’s how you can reach us:


NZIA programmes

All public events and awards programmes are on hold at this time.


Please take care of yourselves. Stay home and save lives.

Noho ora mai,
Teena Hale Pennington
Chief Executive