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Good morning everyone, as we come another week closer to Christmas, there is still a lot going on - Pride In Print Awards, People In Print nominations, Printed in New Zealand logo, and still a lot of Covid related information to provide.

Thanks to everyone that completed our PrintNZ survey - I will have the results to circulate later in the week and these will paint a picture of what has been happening in our industry over the last six months.

As Delta starts to spread its tentacles we are still waiting for a lot of information from the Government to help business navigate the next steps. Since I wrote this last night they have released a few tidbits of information about the length of self isolation for vaccinated vs unvaccinated people and close contacts, but nothing on the topics mentioned above.

Read on for information on what we do know, and what we are still waiting for.  
Entries for our 2022 Pride In Print Awards are now open so start them rolling in.

This year we are encouraging all the entry details to be entered on line to ensure that we can read the data correctly and to save time for both parties. The entry form has been updated to pre-populate some of the fields for you, and you can also save your entries part way through and return to them later if you don't have all the details. 

Enter online here and if you have any queries please email
Nominations for the 2021 People In Print Awards close this Friday, 19 November.  If there is someone in your business that has made an exceptional contribution this year, or been a champion of others in your business, or in their community, then please put their name forward.  There are a lot of silent heroes in our industry and we want to recognise them.

As part of this we also recognise our Rising Stars. These are the people that are starting to shine in your business and what better way to acknowledge their talent than putting them forward for an award.

For more details and to enter please click here.
The Printed In New Zealand logo has been created as part of the push to keep things local and support New Zealand businesses.  It is also about being proud of the work our industry produces and letting people know the work was produced in New Zealand by a member of PrintNZ.  

There is a one-off set up fee for the logo which will then be supplied to you in a number of formats for print.

Click here to download an order form or send enquiries to
There is substantial frustration from business about the continued lack of information on the next steps including:
  • A date for the move to the Covid Protection Framework
  • Movement across borders
  • Risk assessment guidelines/vaccination mandates for businesses
  • Vaccination passes/verification system
  • Protocols when a Covid positive case is identified in a business
  • Rapid antigen testing
We continue to push officials and Ministers weekly for guidelines on these matters.  In the meantime here are some of the things we do know that may be helpful to you.

Covid Protection Framework (CPF)
As I mentioned above, we don't know when this will come into play, but it is likely to be on or sometime after 29 November.  Click here for an easy visual of what the traffic light system means.

Of note is that once we move into the CPF, financial support in the form of the Wage Subsidy and Resurgence Support Payment will cease - they are only applicable under the Alert Level System.  It is mooted that there will be no financial assistance for regions in the orange or green traffic light, and a new combined financial package will be made available for businesses in the red zone but the criteria may be tougher. 

Vaccination Records
These are now available for everyone aged 16 and over via My Covid Record. The Vaccine Pass and will be available later this week, and a separate Vaccine Certificate will be some time after that.  Please note that the Vaccine Pass and a Vaccine Certificate are quite different things. 

The Pass will contain minimal information to avoid privacy issues - it will simply confirm the name of the person and that they are vaccinated.  It will not confirm the identity of the person carrying the vaccine pass - this will need to be verified by an additional form of ID to ensure they match. The vaccine pass will be available via a QR code in My Covid Record, as a PDF sent via email, or as a hard copy sent in the post.  For those unable to access a computer to set up My Covid Record, they will need to phone 0800 222 478.

The Vaccination Certificate will contain a lot more personal information and is designed to be used alongside your passport to support international travel.  

Note  The Ministry of Health are the only issuer of both the Vaccine Pass and the Vaccine Certificate - anything from another source is not valid.

Vaccine Pass Use for Businesses
Once the Covid Protection Framework comes into play some businesses will require use of the Vaccine Pass in order to open to the public, particularly in the red and orange traffic lights. 

As a business you can legally choose to make a decision that all contractors and visitors must be vaccinated, and you may wish to sight their Vaccine Pass to verify this information.

There will be a free Verifier App made available to businesses later this month to scan and verify a domestic vaccine pass.   

Rapid Antigen Testing
This is currently being trialed by 29 companies.  When the findings are complete (the trial ends on 30 November) they will likely extend this to businesses to use in their workplaces to provide an added layer of safety.

This won't replace nasal testing or vaccine requirements that form part of the public health response, it will sit alongside these services.

Once more information is available we will let you know.

Vaccine Exemptions
To date there has been some looseness in the process of providing vaccine exemptions which has been of some concern.  Legislation was updated last week to establish a centralised process for vaccine exemptions including who can provide them.  Any previously granted exemptions are now void so if someone in your workplace has provided one, you will need to tell them they have to reapply.

Further details can be found here.

Booster Vaccine Available
A third Pfizer shot will be available from the end of November for those that had their second vaccination more than six months ago - whether they received it overseas or in NZ.  Bookings will be available in the BookMyVaccine system from 26 November.

As mentioned, there is still a lot of information to come - as always we will keep you posted..

Keep up the good work.   

Kind regards

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