COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)

Our focus remains on maintaining public safety, security and order. We will continue to be highly visible in our communities and on our roads, and take an education-first approach to compliance.

This page will be updated as more news and information becomes available.


To keep up to date with COVID-19 related information, please visit www.covid19.govt.nz.

 

Frequently asked questions

Breaking restrictions

 

Who do I tell if I know someone is breaking the alert level or self-isolation restrictions?

If you are aware of somebody failing to comply with alert level rules, have a polite conversation at a 2 metre distance if you can. If you think it’s necessary, you can make a COVID-19 breach report online at www.police.govt.nz/105support. If you believe the situation is urgent, call 111.

 

What are the consequences of breaking restrictions?

Police’s focus is on prevention through education and encouragement. We don’t want to get to a place where have to enforce restrictions, but we will enforce them if we need to.

Police has a number of powers available under the Health Act 1956, the Summary Offences Act 1981, and under the Civil Defence Emergency Act 2002. Breach consequences can therefore include warnings or prosecutorial measures if absolutely necessary.

We are asking that everyone commits to keeping themselves and their community safe by adhering to the restrictions imposed.

 

Travel and driving

 

What are the rules for travel and driving and do I need Police permission?

Police does not provide permission or permits for travel. The rules for travel and driving during alert levels can be found at https://www.transport.govt.nz/about/covid-19/transport-and-travel-by-alert-level/

 

What do I do if my COF or WOF expires?

Regulations have been temporarily changed so that all expired Warrant of Fitness or Certificate of Fitness will be deemed current. You can find out more on the Ministry of Transport COVID-19 transport information page.

Note that people who are working for essential services can still take their cars to VTNZ or VINZ for WOF or COF services if this is practical, but they may need to call ahead. More information can be found on the NZ Transport Agency FAQ page.

 

What if my driver licence expires?

Regulations have been temporarily changed so that all expired driver licences will be deemed current. You can find more information at the NZ Transport Agency website.

 

Will Police pull me over for being out driving?

Police will be out ensuring people are following restrictions. At times we may pull people over in their cars to check why you are driving.

 

Safety

 

Can I go to my local Police station?

Most of our front counters are open, but with restrictions to protect our staff and those coming into the building.

Our Level 2 safety measures focus on physical distancing, hygiene standards, and contact registers.

Where possible please visit us online.

You can report non-emergency situations online at www.police.govt.nz/105support or call 111 if it’s an emergency.

And remember:

  • If you’re sick, please stay home.
  • If you have symptoms of cold or flu call your doctor or Healthline and get advice about being tested.
  • If you have been told to self-isolate you must do so immediately.

Go to www.covid19.govt.nz for more information on Alert Level 2.

Go to https://www.police.govt.nz/contact-us/stations for our station opening hours.

 

Have frontline Police got protective gear to keep them safe?

All frontline officers have Police Protective equipment which includes face masks, eyewear, gloves, and hand sanitiser etc. Watch a video on how we are ensuring staff safety.

 

What should I do if I see someone spitting at another person?

Call 111 if you need to report anything that involves immediate harm to anyone, including anyone assaulting, threatening or spitting at another person.
 

 

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