COVID-19 Alert Level 1 - All of Aotearoa

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For Level 1 there are no restrictions to Waka Ama activity, except for International border restrictions that still exist.

Individuals and clubs should remain vigilant and continue to practice good hygiene to minimise the risk of future community transmission.  

It is important to remember that If you feel sick at all – Please stay home
If you have any symptoms of COVID-19 even a runny nose, please get a test and then stay home until you get the results back.

In Alert Level 1 we should be prepared to quickly move into higher alert levels if we need to.

Club QR codes:

As we continue to progress through this new COVID life, we are advising clubs to download a QR code to be displayed at your club's facility/area to allow club members to check-in each time they are onsite.

You can find more information here:

Waka Ama Events:

With mass gathering limits now removed, waka ama events can now take place.

All events on the Waka Ama New Zealand calendar (existing and new) will need to complete the updated sanctioning policy in order for events to be sanctioned.

The updated sanctioning policy will include the following:

·         It will be compulsory for all sanctioned events to use the Waka Ama New Zealand Online Entry System. This will help with contact tracing systems.

·         It will be compulsory for clubs to add participants into the online entry system within the specified time frame. Failure to do so will mean teams will be withdrawn from the event.

·         Event organisers must provide the opportunity for all those who attend an event to ‘check in’  keeping a record of attendees, this includes contractors, officials, volunteers, whānau and spectators. This can be through electronic means or in a paper form.

·         Event organisers must encourage best practice hygiene is practised

·         Event organisers need to  be aware they may be asked to postpone or cancel gatherings under the circumstance that a significant outbreak has re-occurred, or if case numbers increase.

Further information regarding Sport in general and Level 1 can be found on the Sport New Zealand Website here:

Waka Ama New Zealand will assist event organisers by providing guidance and access to best practice information, templates, and advice. Please contact

For further COVID 19 information:

You can stay up to date with the latest information and advice from the New Zealand Ministry of Health here:…/dis…/covid-19-novel-coronavirus

There is also a dedicated Government a website where you can find all essential information

COVID-19 Alert levels:

Also information regarding COVID-19 in relation to the Sport and Recreation sector is available here:

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)

If you are feeling unwell or have any symptoms of COVID-19 please stay home – Do not paddle.
Please contact should you have any questions

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Updated: Jun 10, 2020