Revised Rules for Port Workers’ COVID-19 Testing


The Government has revised its health order regarding compulsory testing of port workers. ​Testing is now only compulsory for “higher risk” workers, and must be done by midnight on Thursday, August 20.

Higher risk workers are:

  • ​​Pilots and stevedores carrying out work on or around ships
  • Anyone who has boarded a ship at Port of Tauranga or Ports of Auckland since 21 July (eg ships’ agents or welfare workers)
  • Anyone else who has been at Port of Tauranga or Ports of Auckland who has symptoms.

Employers must identify their team members and contractors that need to be tested and arrange for them to get the test before the deadline.

We are liaising directly with stevedoring companies. Any other contractors or individuals who are affected by the order should contact us now for a test appointment.

Email POT.Reception@port-tauranga.co.nz with your details.

Workers can continue to work while they await their results, as long as they have no symptoms. The updated Government order can be found here:

http://www.legislation.govt.nz/regulation/public/2020/0210/latest/LMS393521.html