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

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

Government-to-government agreements

  • The Antarctic Programme

Approved major infrastructure projects

  • New Dunedin Hospital Campus - Southern DHB
  • City Centre to Mangere Light Rail Auckland
  • Central Interceptor Programme - Western Springs to Mangere
  • Mill Road - Northern Southern and Papakura Sections
  • Elective Capacity and Inpatient Beds and Supporting Infrastructure - Waitemata DHB
  • Capability of Airfield Infrastructure
  • Investment in Horizontal Infrastructure
  • Redevelopment of Scott Base - Antarctica
  • Auckland Metro Rail Network Programme - Accelerated Renewals
  • North Auckland Line - Northland
  • Rolling Stock Procurement Project - Stage 1 - Wagon Fleet
  • Wellington Metro Rail Network Programme - Stage 4 - Network Capacity Improvements
  • Manawatu Road Maintenance Programme
  • Laboratory and Biocontainment Greenhouse New Build and Relocation - Tamaki
  • Low Cost Low Risk Road Improvements across New Zealand
  • Totara Road Wastewater Treatment Plant Consent Renewal Upgrade
  • Adams Building Replacement Build and Precinct Enabler
  • Dental School Redevelopment
  • University of Otago - Christchurch Health Science Campus Redevelopment - Stage 1
  • Construction of New Gravity Tunnel - Whenuapai and Redhills
  • Huia 1 and Nihotupu 1 Watermain Replacement
  • New Watermain Connecting Woodlands Park Reservoirs to Greenhithe Bridge
  • Pump Station and Rising Main Upgrade - Stanmore
  • Upgrade of Huia Water Treatment Plant
  • Upgrade of the Waiuku Wastewater Treatment Plant and Wastewater Servicing to Clarks Beach
  • Wastewater Treatment Plant Reactor/Clarifiers and Ultra Violet Expansion - Rosedale
  • Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade - Pukekohe
  • Cross Harbour Pipeline Construction - Wellington Eastern Suburbs to Waterloo
  • Peacocke River Bridge and Northern Arterials Construction - Hamilton
  • Hamilton Transport Network Renewals and Maintenance
  • Drury Rail Station Development
  • Wastewater Treatment Plant Membrane Bio-Reactor Upgrade - Waiuku
  • Wellington Metro Rail Network Programme - Stage 6 - Infrastructure Upgrades
  • Wellington Metro Rail Network Programme - Stage 7 - Automated Train Protection
  • New Aircraft Apron
  • Marine Defences and Seawall Reconstruction
  • Whau Recreation Centre - New Recreation Centre
  • Facilities Infrastructure Remediation Programme - Stage 1 - Auckland DHB
  • SH1 Improvements - Papakura to Bombay
  • Modular Prison Build Programme - Stage 2
  • Auckland Metro Rail Network Programme - Wiri to Quay Park Capacity Enhancements
  • Auckland Metro Rail Network Programme - Papakura to Pukekohe Electrification
  • High Voltage Direct Current Cable Replacement and Capacity Increase - Cook Strait
  • Voltage Management - Waikato and Upper North Island
  • Taranaki Base Hospital Redevelopment - Project Maunga - Stage 2 - Taranaki DHB
  • State Highway Improvements - SH1 Papakura to Drury South
  • Tauranga Northern Link
  • Walking and Cycling Facilities - Northern Pathway including Seapath
  • Penlink Road
  • SH2 Te Puna to Omokoroa Improvements
  • Melling Interchange Improvements
  • New Domestic and International Jet Terminal
  • New State Highway Construction - Te Ahu a Turanga: Manawatu Tararua Highway
  • Waikeria Prison Build
  • Interisland Ferry Replacement Project - Wellington and Picton
  • Main North Line Reinstatement Project - Christchurch to Picton
  • SH1 Whangarei to Port Marsden Upgrade
  • SH1 Otaki to North Levin Improvements
  • Rolling Stock Procurement Project - Stage 2 - Locomotives
  • Rolling Stock Procurement Project - Stage 2 - Wagons