Covid-19 Member Update

4 April 2022

Kia Ora,

Following review by Cabinet, the decision has been made to keep New Zealand at the Red traffic light setting. Please continue to wear face masks, monitor for symptoms, and isolate if you or a household member tests positive for COVID-19. 

The next review of our Traffic Light setting will be 14 April 2022. 

Changes to My Vaccine Pass 

The use of My Vaccine Pass is no longer compulsory. 

Businesses may choose to require visitors to present a My Vaccine Pass. Therefore, it is recommended you still have your My Vaccine Pass accessible. 

Changes to Vaccine Mandates 

Some government vaccine mandates for workers have now been removed. 

Workers that remain covered by a government vaccine mandate include: 

  • Health and disability sector workers
  • Prison staff
  • Border and MIQ workers. 

As a result, we do expect members working in these facilities to continue to be required to be fully vaccinated.

Business Guidance for Vaccine Requirements 

MBIE has now released new workplace guidance to help employers update their health and safety risk assessments, especially in relation to vaccination requirements.

Workplaces with vaccination requirements for employees can continue to require vaccinations if supported by an updated workplace health and safety risk assessment, but the reason will need to be specific to an employee’s role and set of circumstances.

Requiring people to be vaccinated in the workplace can now only be permitted if an employee is at higher risk of catching and spreading COVID-19 while at work, than they would otherwise be in the community.

Employers should first consider what other steps they can take in their workplace to prevent the spread of COVID-19, before requiring vaccination. 

More information about undertaking or reviewing a risk assessment is available from WorkSafe.

Advice on vaccinations in the workplace and other health and safety policies is available here

Employers may maintain employer vaccination requirements where they need them to ensure that their employees can access third party sites.

Master Builders Vaccination Policy

We are in the process of reviewing our vaccination policy for Master Builders events and meetings.

With the country still at red, and the Ministry of Health’s view that that peak is still working its way across the country, we feel that in the interests of everyone’s health and safety it is still a bit too soon to remove the vaccination requirement we currently have in place for our meetings and events.

Given this, the Master Builders vaccination policy will remain in place until the end of April 2022 and anyone attending a Master Builders event or meeting must be fully vaccinated.

We will keep you updated on changes to this policy once this review is complete.

Mental Health and Wellbeing

Master Builders is here 24/7 to support our members. We are continuing to provide our member counselling service, available anytime if you need support. You can call 0508 664 981 and be connected with professional, qualified support. Find out more by clicking here.

We understand this is a stressful time for many people. Please visit the Mates in Construction website for more information or call the national Telehealth Service on 1737. 

Kia Kaha. 
David Kelly.