• 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.

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


The New Zealand Govt Covid-19 Protection Framework (CPF), also known as the traffic lights, is currently in place in Aotearoa.

Updates to the CPF are available online - NZ Government: Changes to the Traffic Light System

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


Waka Ama Events and Activities can go ahead at any setting of the CPF. 
The following key information is relevant to Waka Ama Events & Activities:

  • There are no capacity limits on outdoor events and activities
  • There are no capacity limits on indoor events and activities
  • You do not need to wear a facemask for outdoors events and activities
  • There is no requirement to scan in or to display a QR code or have mandatory record keeping
  • There is no requirement to use My Vaccine Pass

WANZ Sanctioned & Approved events

While the Covid-19 Protection Framework (CPF) is in force by the New Zealand Government, all Waka Ama NZ sanctioned and approved events will need to adhere to the subsequent rules of the CPF. 

Waka Ama NZ will sanction or approve events that adhere to the CPF, the Waka Ama NZ Covid Event Policy, and meet the Waka Ama NZ sanctioning/approval requirements.

All event hosts seeking sanctioning or approval for their event must complete the following documents as per the usual Waka Ama NZ sanctioning process:

Event Sanctioning Agreement OR Event Approval Agreement
Operations and Safety Management Plan


Waka Ama New Zealand are happy to answer any questions. Contact

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)

Updated: Jun 14, 2022

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