COVID-19 Level 2 - For ALL areas outside of Auckland

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As at 6:00am this morning 28 February 2021 - All areas outside of Auckland will be at Alert Level 2 (Auckland will be at Alert Level 3) for a minimum period of 7 days. Please ensure you read our Level 2 information. Kia kaha tātou!

COVID-19 Level 2 and Waka Ama - All areas outside of Auckland

It is important to understand what will be possible in terms of practising, participating, or competing in Waka Ama during level 2.·   

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. 

People at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 (e.g. those with underlying medical conditions, especially if not well-controlled, and seniors) are encouraged to take additional precautions when leaving home.

Waka Ama activity at Level 2 is as follows:

You may participate in W1, W2, W3, W4, W6 & W12 under the requirements that follow in this pānui.

Club training must adhere to the following health requirements:  

Contact tracing requirements:

1.     Clubs must keep a register of paddlers, coaches and managers who attended practices.
They must capture; date, time, name, and phone or email address

2.     Clubs must also keep a register (as in 1) of any whānau or friends that attend practices and may not be paddling.

3.     These records must be easily accessed for contact tracing and kept for at least 4 weeks after the attendance was recorded. The information collected may only be used for the purpose of contact tracing at the request of the Ministry of Health or local district health boards and must be kept secure.

Here is a link to Contact tracing information on the Sport New Zealand website:

Club QR codes:

Clubs who do not already have them, should 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:

Hygiene requirements:

1.       Clubs must put in place processes to wipe down and clean all shared waka and equipment before and after use (This also applies to shared paddles, life jackets, safety gear, and other shared equipment)

2.       Waka Ama clubs that have a physical club facility or one that is shared with another organisation, must ensure that public health guidelines are adhered to regarding that premise.

3.       Waka Ama Clubs that rent or lease facilities must ensure that the owner has adhered to the public health guidelines and should request a copy of what guidelines have been put in place for the facility.

4.       Individuals must maintain a high level of personal hygiene, especially handwashing and surface cleaning.

Here is a link to Contact tracing information on the Sport New Zealand website:

Gathering requirements:

1.   Gatherings at clubs – indoor or outdoor, must not exceed 100 people that includes spectators, paddlers, coaches, managers, officials, and supporters.

2.   For Waka Ama club practices where multiple waka are on the water, congregations of paddlers, coaches, and managers before, during, and after practice must not exceed 100

3.   Spectators and whānau who are not paddlers, coaches or managers should be discouraged from attending practices 

4.   Care must be taken where up to 100 people may congregate in groups at communal points such as entries, shared toilet/changing room facilities and car parks, and to maintain physical distancing within and between groups. Phasing of activities is recommended to allow time for people to pass through these areas safely.

Social Distancing:

1.     It is recommended that individuals physical distancing of 1 metre and in the case of someone who is not known to you, you should maintain a 2 metre physical distance.

2.     It is recognised at alert Level 2, that contact during physical/recreational activity will occur, but this should be minimised as much as possible and distancing should resume when not participating in sport or recreational activities.


If you’re living at Alert Level 2, you can travel anywhere in New Zealand that is at Alert Level 1 or 2, but make sure you do it in a safe way.
You legally must wear a face covering when travelling to, from or through an Alert Level 2 region on public transport, including flights.

Travel from any Level 2 area to a Level 3 area will be heavily restricted. Anyone wanting to travel to or through Level 3 should check to see if they are eligible. 

Further travel information can be found here: 

Waka Ama Events:

At Level 3 no Waka Ama NZ Sanctioned events will take place

Waka Ama New Zealand will provide further information about Event activity during level 2 over the coming days.

We recommend that your club take time to carefully read and understand the requirements and consider how your club will implement them. It is very important that all of the requirements are actioned by clubs and adhered to by paddlers and teams.  Please don’t rush back to practice and get it wrong. 

Waka Ama New Zealand are happy to answer any questions that you may have or for you to contact us to bounce some ideas off us, around how your club may implement the Level 2 requirements as outlined. 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)

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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