Emergency information for staff

Emergency information for staff

This page has been activated for our response to COVID-19.

Updated 10am Thursday 15 September 2022

What you need to know

We no longer work under the COVID-19 Protection Framework (traffic lights). We are back to business as usual.

From 1 October, that means: 

  • non-essential projects, like the Veterans' Pin and Certificate of Appreciation, are resuming
  • we will host in-person events
  • you can contact us as usual.

Advice and support

Please remember:

  • If you have cold or flu-like symptoms get tested.
  • Regularly wash your hands.
  • If you are sick, stay home.
  • Sneeze and cough into your elbow.
  • If concerned about your wellbeing or your health conditions consult with your GP.
  • Be kind to others.

Support for you

We are in unprecedented times and news and discussion about COVID-19 will affect everyone differently. It's normal to feel a wide range of emotions including being stressed or anxious. Kindness is an incredibly powerful way to show you are united against COVID-19.

For more information on looking after your mental wellbeing, check the dedicated COVID-19 website.

Visit covid19.govt.nz to find out more(external link)

If you feel you are not coping, it is important to talk with a health professional. For support with grief, anxiety, distress or mental wellbeing, you can call or text 1737 — free, anytime, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week — to talk with a trained counsellor.

Staff can also contact the NZDF4U support line

NZDF4U support line(external link)

The New Zealand Defence Force has also published a COVID-19 Wellness Guide. It has advice for the wider military community and their whānau.

Read the NZDF COVID-19 Wellness Guide(external link)