Covid-19 Public Health Information


06/04/2020: News Zealand is at alert level 4.

Stay home. Save lives

We’re all in this together and, while we need to be physically apart, it’s important to continue to be connected. 

Reach out in other ways to keep in contact with family and whānau, friends and workmates.

Sharing how we feel and offering support to others is important.

It’s ok to feel stressed or anxious.

If you feel you are not coping, it’s important to seek out and ask for help.

You can call or text the 'Need to talk?' service on 1737. This is a free, 24/7 service and puts you in touch with a trained counsellor.

Find out more at

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RNZ is the statutory Lifeline Utility responsible for radio broadcasting under the Emergency Management Act 2002 and it has a memorandum of understanding with Government which has been activated to help deal with potential health issues related to the pandemic. RNZ’s Lifeline Utility obligations do not affect our editorial independence as a public media organisation or the rigour of our news gathering and reporting operations.

As New Zealand's Lifeline Utility radio broadcaster, RNZ is required to maintain essential public information channels and news during times of national emergency and we are committed to supporting all New Zealanders during these challenging times.   
We are also committed to looking after the health and well-being of our staff.  
RNZ will continue to provide essential information services - broadcasting and publishing critical public service announcements on air, on our website and via social media channels as we unite to fight Covid-19. Comprehensive news will be available on air and via our website and digital services. Key news programming will remain, Morning Report, Midday Report and Checkpoint along with news bulletins which will be available on the hour. Online there will be rolling coverage of the Covid19 public health crisis as well as a regular Covid-19 podcast and newsletter.     Audiences should expect some changes could occur to schedules across RNZ National, RNZ Concert and RNZ Pacific that will be assessed on a daily basis as RNZ takes steps to protect staff and manage its operations to meet Lifeline Utility obligations.  While some services will change, we will try new things too.   
If necessary RNZ Concert and RNZ Pacific will carry news and information from RNZ National. Parliament will continue to be broadcast on the AM network when the House is sitting. As the country's public service media organisation, RNZ is committed to supporting all New Zealanders. 
Kia Kaha – Stay Strong