Creative Northland is committed to keeping its employees, visitors,  contractors, volunteers and other people who come into contact with us healthy and safe in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, and in accordance with both our constitution and our COVID-19 Health and Safety Plan. 

This means that we will continue to follow all government advice and regulations as new information becomes available, and review our policies and practices regularly.


We are taking reasonable steps to minimise the risk of COVID-19 (which is a hazard in the workplace) to the fullest extent possible. To achieve this, we have recently updated our COVID-19 Vaccination Policy.

Our COVID-19 Vaccination Policy requires that by 17th January 2022, all employees/contractors at Creative Northland be ‘fully vaccinated’ against COVID-19. Creative Northland will be guided by the Ministry of Health’s guidelines about what is meant by fully vaccinated.

We also expect any visitors entering our premises to be fully vaccinated (two doses) against Covid-19 and provide proof of their vaccination status via My Vaccine Pass

Requiring vaccination for staff and visitors will make Creative Northland as safe as it can be, and keep our premises accessible for as many manuhiri (visitors) as possible.


You can view and download all COVID-19 branded assets and resources, including posters for your business, through the COVID-19 Resource Toolkit. These resources support New Zealanders to keep each other safe from COVID-19.

You can also download social media tiles to use, and posters to help you get your business ready for the traffic light system.

Northland is at Alert Level 2 and Auckland is at Alert Level 3.

Auckland remains at Step 1 of Alert Level 3. This will be reviewed on Monday 1 November.

The Creative Northland team will be available online, through zoom, message and email. If there is anything you need, give us a shout. Our office will reopen to the public at Alert Level 1.

Please follow the required safety procedures, scan everywhere you go, and wear a mask. Let’s beat it together!

The full breakdown of what we can and can’t do is on the Government’s COVID-19 site. This is the one source of truth.

  • Stay home with your bubble, and limit your contact with others!
  • Keep a 2m distance from others and wear a mask when out.
  • Get a COVID-19 test if you are showing any cold or flu symptoms
  • Scan the Covid Tracer QR codes everywhere you go, every time!
  • Wash or sanitise your hands frequently.

Importantly, please take care of yourselves and your whānau, take care of your mental health, take time to do the things that inspire you, and get fresh air and exercise!

What Creative Northland did in 2020?

  • We reached out to our creative community by phone and email to find out how they were and what they were doing during the pandemic & self-isolation period.
  • Sent out a regional survey to assess the impact COVID-19 on our Arts Organisations & Arts Practitioners. You can read the key findings here.
  • Refocused our weekly E-newsletter providing relevant updates around COVID-19 and what Creative Northland is doing.
  • Created various online campaigns, two of which is our iso-creation facebook group and #makingwithjolene on Instagram.
  • We started online funding clinics as of 21 April, where we gave free professional advice on arts funding. These ran twice a week until May 7th. To find out more click here.
  • Creative Business Skills Workshops was offered online starting May 15th 2020.
  • We started a new campaign “Artist Profile” where we use our various online platforms to showcase and interview different artists within the community.

We will continue to reach out to our community and keep you updated on all our projects, alternately please feel free to reach out to the team here


There are lots of resources becoming available, we have compiled links to the most relevant resources at present to our community.


For contact tracing purposes, anyone who attended one of the locations listed here during the relevant timeframes is considered to be a COVID-19 ‘casual contact’. 

Although there is a low risk of exposure, out of an abundance of caution, please stay at home and get a test if you visited these locations during the relevant times. You will need to continue to stay at home until you receive a negative test result back. 

If you were at one of these locations during the relevant timeframe, please take the following steps: 

  • Stay at home and contact Healthline on 0800 358 5453 to understand if and when you need to get tested.
  • If you begin to feel unwell or start to develop COVID-19 symptoms get a test immediately.
  • If you receive a negative test, you need to continue monitoring your symptoms for the next 14 days. If you develop any COVID-19 symptoms you will need to organise another test. 
  • Ensure you wash your hands regularly with soap and water, or with hand sanitiser.
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