Events, projects and programmes approved for other critical workers

Employers who need specific employees to work on these events, projects or programmes can ask for border exemptions for the employees based on them being ‘other critical workers’.

Major government approved programmes

  • Rocket Lab launches
  • Kāinga Ora build and urban development programme
  • NZTE Investment Attraction programme
  • Innovative Partnerships
  • Replacement international fishing crew for foreign-flagged fishing vessels operating in international waters

Defence programmes

  • Defence capability programmes
  • Mutual Assistance Programme 
  • Pacific Leadership Development Programme 
  • Recruitment and personnel exchange programmes

Government-approved events

  • BWF Junior World Championships (Badminton)
  • ICC Women’s World Cup
  • New Zealand Golf Open
  • 36th America’s Cup
  • ICF Junior and U23 Canoe Slalom World Championships
  • Crankworx Rotorua
  • IronMan 70.3 World Championship 2020
  • The Pioneer
  • Winter Games
  • Rugby World Cup (Womens)
  • WSL Challenger Series Piha Pro
  • XVI WSBC Men’s Softball World Championship
  • Ocean Race 2022
  • FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023
  • Bledisloe Cup
  • Taini Jamison Trophy
  • International Pakistan Men's Cricket Tour of New Zealand  
  • International West Indian Men's Cricket Tour of New Zealand
  • Summer of Cricket series
  • Constellation Cup
  • Fijian Rugby Team Tour of New Zealand

Government-to-government agreements

  • The Antarctic Programme

Approved major infrastructure projects

Approved infrastructure projects are those that are projected to cost $100 million or more and are listed on the New Zealand Infrastructure Commission’s infrastructure pipeline.

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