Covid Information

IMPORTANT

  • If you feel sick at all, please stay home.
  • If you have any symptoms of Covid-19, please get a test and then stay home until you get the results back.
  • People at higher risk of severe illness from Covid-19 (e.g. those with underlying medical conditions and seniors) are encouraged to take additional precautions when leaving home.
  • If you are feeling unwell or have any symptoms of Covid-19 please stay home, do not paddle.


There are lots of measures that we can all take to help protect ourselves and our whānau - one of the biggest tools we have available for protection is the Covid-19 Vaccine. Waka Ama New Zealand encourages our entire waka ama community to get vaccinated if you are within eligible ages.


Please note the information detailed below is subject to change (like a traffic light).


Covid-19 Protection Framework (traffic lights)

New Zealand moves to the Covid-19 Protection Framework, also known as the traffic lights, at 11.59pm Thursday 2 December 2021.

NZ Government: Covid-19 Protection Framework (Traffic Lights)

The traffic light setting for your region is determined by the NZ Government Traffic Light Map


Red is designed to protect at-risk people and the health system from an unsustainable number of hospitalisations. 

Orange is designed to reduce increasing community transmission that is putting pressure on the public health system and at-risk people. 

Green is designed to minimise the cases of COVID-19 community transmission. 


Waka Ama NZ - Waka Ama Activity

The following information provides the minimum requirements with regard to the Covid-19 Protection Framework. Clubs may choose to implement their own policy over and above these minimum requirements based on their own health and safety risk assessment.

There are no requirements for physical distancing while paddling, participating or spectating at any level of the Covid-19 Protection Framework – Green, Orange and Red. 

Waka Ama Activity under the Covid-19 Protection Framework
The following information provides the minimum requirements with regard to the Covid-19 Protection Framework.
Clubs may choose to implement their own policy over and above these minimum requirements based on their own health and safety risk assessment.
Waka Ama activity (W1, W2, W3, W4, W6, W12) can take place at all settings of the Covid-19 Protection Framework (traffic lights). Limits on the numbers involved in a waka ama activity depend on the traffic light setting your region is in and if My Vaccine Pass are checked or not. Record keeping and scanning are required at all settings. Waka Ama clubs that utilise a facility must adhere to the policies put in place by that facility.
Under 12yrs and 3 months are not required to be vaccinated and are treated as if they have a My Vaccine Pass. These tamariki are included in your total number for all waka ama activities.
'Everyone' involved in the waka ama activity includes paddlers, coaches, managers, volunteers, whānau spectating etc.
My Vaccine Pass is the official record of your COVID-19 vaccination status for use in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Checking My Vaccine Pass: Your waka ama club chooses to check My Vaccine Pass of everyone involved in the waka ama activity. Clubs/activity organisers must make everyone involved aware of this.
Not Checking My Vaccine Pass: Your waka ama club chooses NOT to check My Vaccine Pass of everyone involved in the waka ama activity. Because vaccinated and unvaccinated people could be present, clubs/activity organisers must make everyone involved aware of this.
REDORANGEGREEN
Checking
My Vaccine Pass
Not Checking
My Vaccine Pass
Checking
My Vaccine Pass
Not Checking
My Vaccine Pass
Checking
My Vaccine Pass
Not Checking
My Vaccine Pass
Waka Ama Activity
(includes organised and social waka ama activities; club training, club gatherings, club meetings, have a go sessions, social paddling using club equipment etc.)
Up to 100 people per waka ama activity
Facemasks encouraged when not paddling
Up to 25 people per waka ama activity
Facemasks encouraged when not paddling
No limits on people for all waka ama activity
Facemasks encouraged when not paddling
Up to 50 people per waka ama activity
Facemasks encouraged when not paddling
No limits on people for all waka ama activity
Up to 100 people per waka ama activity
*Waka Ama activity does not include events. Further information on Waka Ama Events to come.


Waka Ama NZ - Waka Ama Events

More information to come regarding Waka Ama Events under the Covid-19 Protection Framework.


My Vaccine Pass

My Vaccine Pass is an official record of your Covid-19 vaccination status for use in Aotearoa New Zealand. 

  • Your My Vaccine Pass will include your name, date of birth, and a QR code. You can save it on a digital device or print a physical copy.
  • Your My Vaccine Pass will have an expiry date 6 months after the date of issue.
  • People under the age of 12 years and 3 months are not required to show proof of vaccination.

For more information, including how to get your My Vaccine Pass, head to the Unite Against Covid website. 

NZ Government: My Vaccine Pass Information


My Vaccine Pass Checks / NZ Pass Verifier

NZ Pass Verifier is a free Ministry of Health app for organisations to scan and verify their customers' My Vaccine Pass. Organisations may scan the QR code on your My Vaccine Pass using the NZ Pass Verifier app. The app will confirm your vaccination; it will not store your data or show any information other than your name and date of birth.

  • Organisations (clubs) can legally require those involved in a waka ama activity to show evidence of their vaccination status through a My Vaccine Pass.
  • Clubs can choose to visually sight My Vaccine Passes or use the NZ Pass Verifier app to scan QR codes on My Vaccine Pass for all waka ama activity under 'Checking My Vaccine Pass' settings.
  • Clubs are able to sight a My Vaccine Pass and privately record the vaccination status and expiry date on their private club membership database (with those members permission).
  • You are not allowed to store their My Vaccine Pass on the database.

NZ Government: NZ Pass Verifier


Scanning / Record Keeping

QR code scanning / record keeping is required for all waka ama activity. Requiring a My Vaccine Pass does not remove the need for scanning / record keeping; this must still be done.

This means you need to display a QR code for scanning and have one alternative form of recod keeping (e.g. paper and pen).

NZ Government: Get your QR Code Poster


Other Safety Measures

  • Facemasks encouraged when not paddling.
  • Shared equipment should be sanitized between sessions
  • Social distancing when necessary 
  • If you are switching between Checking My Vaccine Pass and Not Checking My Vaccine Pass activities, shared equipment and facilities must be sanitized.  


Red

The red setting applies to regions determined by the NZ Government Traffic Light Map

Waka Ama NZ - Red Information

Sport NZ: RED Guidance


Orange

The orange setting applies to regions determined by the NZ Government Traffic Light Map

Waka Ama NZ - Orange Information

Sport NZ: ORANGE Guidance


Green

The green setting applies to regions determined by the NZ Government Traffic Light Map

Waka Ama NZ - Green Information

Sport NZ: GREEN Guidance


Important links:

NZ Government: Unite Against Covid-19 website

NZ Government: Covid-19 Protection Framework (Traffic Lights)

Sport NZ: Covid-19 Information and Updates

Sport NZ: Covid-19 Protection Framework Information


Waka Ama New Zealand are happy to answer any questions. Contact admin@wakaama.co.nz

If you have any direct concerns regarding COVID-19, you can call the dedicated Healthline for free on 08003585453 (or +64 9 358 5453 if you’re using an international SIMS)


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