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COVID-19 Group

What we do

The COVID-19 Group is responsible for providing integrated strategy and policy advice on the response to COVID-19 from an all of government point of view.

History and role

Over the past two and a half years, the COVID-19 Group in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet has played an important role in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic in ensuring a coordinated all of government response to COVID-19.

On 1 July 2020 the COVID-19 Group was established as a business unit of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC), continuing the work of the National Crisis Management Centre following the centre's deactivation on 30 June 2020.

With the response now in a different phase, some of functions have transferred to Te Whatu Ora (Health New Zealand) and Manatū Hauora (the Ministry of Health) who are responsible for the ongoing coordination of the COVID-19 response. 

The functions of System Response, Readiness and Planning along with Insights and Reporting (including modelling, and geospatial analysis) transitioned to the Public Health Agency of Manatū Hauora on 31 October 2022.

On 16 November 2022, the COVID-19 Communications and Public Engagement work transitioned to Manatū Hauora – Ministry of Health and Te Whatu Ora – Health New Zealand, including responsibility for the Unite Against COVID-19 website and social media channels, which are now run by Te Whatu Ora.

The COVID-19 Group’s Policy and Strategy coordination function will remain at DPMC until its transition to Manatū Hauora, no later than 30 June 2023.  

The Policy and Strategy team continues to provide leadership and coordination of the overarching strategy for the COVID-19 response, and coordination and integration of advice on readiness and response activities across agencies. This team is responsible for coordinating the process to manage any changes to the response system (e.g. COVID-19 settings). This team also supports an independent Ministerial Advisory Group to facilitate broader views and assurance for Ministers on New Zealand’s COVID-19 response.

Further information


Last updated: 
Monday, 21 November 2022

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