Monday Technical.

If last week was setting up the home office to get things working, this week is when the rubber hits the road. Anything that can be done from home will be done from home, and the process on returning from work will be that all clothing goes into the wash, lunch bag included. It appears that the police are checking people to see why they are not at home, but at least in NZ we can walk our dogs and I hope we can drive 10km to get their dog food. The petty fascist and progressive woke (yes, the venn diagram almost overlaps) are dobbing in their neighbors. This is not how to get through a four week shut down — it’s better to get videoconferencing up, which is how we did church today.

Onto other news, my jump back to KaOS was timely. The version of BSD I liked was based on TrueOS, which is now being shut down. Yes, I know that the mac’s Darwin kernel is based on BSD, as Androids is based on Linux, but there are a pile of proprietary things added.

Much of the energy at present is going into the maker space where companies open sourced the specs for N95 masks. I note that Dyson are making venilators and Ford re now making ventilator parts and facemasks… locally Fisher and Paykel have done this for years.

I’m not a maker. nit pne hopes that the ordering of such supplies is not blocked as a non essential order by our leaders.

New Zealanders will only be able to purchase essential goods online during the lockdown period, the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has announced.

Food, beverages, health and sanitary products and toiletries are what constitutes essential goods that can be purchased online.

Couriers will not be able to deliver anything other than these essential items.

“Couriers will only be delivering essential items. We are asking customers to commit to only purchasing essential items at this time,” a spokeswoman for MBIE said.

Deputy chief executive for MBIE Paul Stocks told Newstalk ZB’s Heather du Plessis-Allan that people will not be able to buy non-essential products online during the lockdown.

“You won’t be able to order a nice new t-shirt,” Stocks told du Plessis-Allan.

“We are not expecting the sale and delivery of non-essential items will be proceeding under level 4,” he added.

Mobile phone and computer repairers are classed as essential and may continue to work but, where possible, have to do it from home.

If they work from their commercial premises, they must keep personal interactions to a minimum.

Vodafone NZ has confirmed it will be able to continue selling phones and Sim cards via its website.

MBIE is working through details on how people can get other items, such as home appliances, repaired.

Trade Me has updated its users that, as of today, couriers can only take bookings from essential businesses.

Well, the list of things I’d like will have to wait four weeks, along with needed maintenance (shocks and suspension) and certification on the cars. Mechanics ain’t essential either. We are functionally being rationed. This can continue for a while, but it cannot continue forever.

The tast this week is to set up family videos. And get through the work within office hours. For people think that being at home makes me available 24/7. It does not. Outside agreed hours, I’m there for my family.

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Mechanics are considered essential in the US, and we can order what we like, as so are delivery drivers.

Actually – there’s a six page list of essential jobs here…

You ain’t seen nothing. This is the kiwi list, and no we can’t order what we like, and we are worried about getting pet food

The following services are considered essential. That means businesses carrying out these functions can remain open, including any critical suppliers in their supply chains, eg a firm repairing IT and data infrastructure for an essential service is okay to remain in operation.

This list will evolve over time. It was last updated at 4.30 pm, 30 March 2020.
Sectors Entities providing essential services (including their supply chains)

Lead agency: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Any entity that provides accommodation services for essential workers, isolation/quarantine, and emergency housing
Retirement villages
Backpackers accommodation (see Additional decisions and exemptions for more information)


Lead agency: Customs New Zealand

Customs New Zealand, Immigration New Zealand and the Ministry for Primary Industries.

Building and construction

Lead agency: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Any entity involved in building and construction related to essential services and critical infrastructure, including those in the supply and support chain
Any entity involved in any work required to address immediate health or life safety risks, or to prevent serious environmental harm, and relevant essential supply chain elements
Any entity with statutory responsibilities or that is involved in building and resource consenting necessary for the above purposes.

Courts, tribunals and the justice system

Lead agency: Ministry of Justice

Courts of New Zealand, tribunals
Critical Crown entities (eg Electoral Commission).


Lead agency: Ministry of Education

At Alert Level 4:

Any entity or individual determined by the Secretary for Education as required to provide distance or online learning (eg printers, devices, IT)

At Alert Level 3 only:

Any person employed or contracted as teaching, nursery and childcare staff, including specialist education professionals and others who provide support (eg to disabled children)
Any person employed by or contracted to an educational facility
Any entity supplying educational facilities or educational materials (eg printers)

Fast-moving consumer goods

Lead agency: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Any entity involved in the supply, delivery, distribution and sale of food, beverage and other key consumer goods essential for maintaining the wellbeing of people.

Financial services

Lead agencies: Financial Markets Authority and Reserve Bank of New Zealand

Any entity that operates consumer and business financial services, financial services infrastructure including banking services, a stock exchange, broking services, payment and settlement systems, funds management including KiwiSaver, insurance services, financial advice, and support services such as administrators, supervisors and custodians.
Reserve Bank guidance on essential financial services(external link)


Lead agency: Ministry of Health

District Health Boards (and all of their facilities), Pharmac, New Zealand Blood Service, Health Promotion Agency, Health Quality and Safety Commission
Any person employed or contracted as a doctor, nurse, midwife, pharmacist, paramedic, medical laboratory scientists, kaiāwhina workers, social workers, aged care and community workers, and caregivers more generally
Hospitals, primary care clinics, pharmacies, medical laboratories, care facilities (eg rest homes)
Emergency dental and optometry care services
Any entity providing ambulance services
Any entity involved with the deceased/tūpāpaku (eg funeral homes, crematories, cemeteries)
Any entity producing health sector equipment, medicines and PPE.(external link)
The Ministry of Health has further information on essential services in the health and disability system(external link)

Local and national government

Lead agencies: Department of Internal Affairs (local government) and State Services Commission (national government)

Any entity involved in COVID-19 response, enforcement, planning or logistics or that has civil defence/emergency management functions (including any entity that supplies services for these purposes)
Key public services.

Foreign government
Lead agency: Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Maintaining critical operations at foreign missions based in New Zealand.

Primary industries, including food and beverage production and processing

Lead agency: Ministry for Primary Industries

Any entity involved in the packaging, production and processing of food and beverage products, whether for domestic consumption or export
Any entity involved in relevant support services, such as food safety and verification, inspection or associated laboratory services, food safety and biosecurity functions
Any entity providing veterinary services
Any entity whose closure would jeopardise the maintenance of animal health or welfare standards (including the short-term survival of a species).

Public safety and national security

Lead agency: National Emergency Management Agency

The Department of Corrections, Fire and Emergency New Zealand, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Justice, New Zealand Defence Force, New Zealand Police, New Zealand Security Intelligence Service, Government Communications Security Bureau
Courts of New Zealand
Any person employed or contracted in a public safety or national security role.


Lead agency: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

ESR, GNS, GeoNet, NIWA, MetService
Any entity (including research organisations) involved in COVID-19 response
Any entity (including research organisations) involved in hazard monitoring and resilience
Any entity (including research organisations) involved in diagnostics for essential services like biosecurity, public health
Laboratories and Physical Containment level 3 (PC3) facilities that could provide essential services and products that could be used to respond to COVID-19
Other significant research facilities including animal facilities, clinical trials and infrastructure that requires constant attention (eg samples, collections and storage facilities) that are important to New Zealand.

Social services

Lead Agency: Ministry of Social Development/Oranga Tamariki

Those entities, including non-government organisations, that provide welfare and social services to meet immediate needs, to be specified jointly by the Ministry of Social Development and Oranga Tamariki.

Transport and logistics

Lead agency: Ministry of Transport

The Ministry of Transport has provided specific advice for the transport sector. This may be updated as the response evolves.
Ministry of Transport: Essential services(external link)
Customs New Zealand advice on essential and non-essential goods(external link)
Any small passenger service vehicle driver (who holds the relevant licence) such as ride-share or taxi drivers
Any entity providing services to keep vehicles operational for essential work purposes (eg vehicle testing, mechanics, tyre services)
Ministry of Transport, New Zealand Customs, New Zealand Transport Agency, Civil Aviation Authority (including Aviation Security Service), Maritime New Zealand (including the Rescue Coordination Centre), Airways NZ, MetService, KiwiRail (including Interislander), and any entity which is contracted by these entities
Any entity that provides, or is contracted to an entity that provides, logistics services, including New Zealand Post and courier services
Any entity providing, or that is contracted by an entity that provides, transport services to the Ministry of Health, a District Health Board, a Medical Officer of Health, or a Controller (as defined in section 4 of the Civil Defence and Emergency Management Act 2002)
Any entity which provides services related to the maintenance and ongoing operation of critical infrastructure (eg roads, rail, ports, airports)
Any entity which operates or is contracted by an entity listed in Schedule 1 of the Civil Defence and Emergency Management Act 2002, an aerodrome, a passenger and/or freight aviation service, a passenger and/or freight shipping service, a road freight service, a rail freight service, a vehicle recovery service; or a public transport service (under contract with a Regional Council).
The delivery of solid fuels (including firewood, pellets and coal) for immediate needs (eg home heating) or fulfilling existing orders is an essential service.

Utilities and communications, including supply chains

Lead agency: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, and Ministry for Culture and Heritage (for broadcasting)

Any entity involved in the production, supply, sale distribution or disposal of electricity, gas, water, wastewater (eg sanitation), waste (eg rubbish collection and recycling), liquid and solid fuel, telecommunication services, and any entity that is contracted by these entities
The delivery of solid fuels (including firewood, pellets and coal) for immediate needs (eg home heating) or fulfilling existing orders, is an essential service.
News (including news production) and broadcast media
Internet service providers
Any entity that provides maintenance and repair services for utilities and communications, including supply chains
Any entity supplying services to essential workplaces that are required for the safe operation of that workplace (eg cleaning, security services)
Commercial cleaners that clean common areas of apartment buildings may also continue to operate, where there is high-traffic (eg lifts, stairwells).

Additional decisions and exemptions – updated 4.30 pm, 30 March 2020

All supermarkets and dairies are considered essential services. A supermarket’s primary focus is selling food products, and is a retail store operating on a self-service basis, selling groceries, fresh produce, meat, bakery and dairy products, and sometimes an assortment of non-food goods. Dairies must operate a one-in-one-out rule, and cannot sell cooked food.
You can download a ‘one at a time in our store please’ poster from our resources page
Essential consumer products other than food may be provided subject to conditions. If a business cannot meet these conditions, it must not offer goods for sale during the Alert Level 4 period.
See below for details
Food delivery other than cooked prepared meals such as takeaways is allowed (eg supermarket home delivery, food parcels from charitable organisations, subscription food boxes, or any other whole-food delivery service). Meals-on-Wheels and alternative meals on wheels services that have been referred from a DHB, ACC or MSD may continue to deliver prepared food. Ordering, payment and delivery must be contactless and the business must operate safely within the general health guidelines such as physical separation and hygiene.
Food banks are considered an essential social service. Food banks must operate a one-in-one-out rule, and cannot sell or provide cooked food.
Locksmiths can undertake essential work on emergency call-outs and essential activity to maintain the security of premises/personal properties.
Turf maintenance is not considered an essential service and should not be undertaken at this time.
Pet care services are not considered to be essential, except where necessary to maintain existing boarding of animals in pet care, or for long-term care when no other alternatives are available.
Vehicle washing services must only be undertaken when supporting essential services to ensure they are complying with the necessary health and safety requirements. Eg washing off contaminated or biohazard materials.
Road safety equipment for road construction should only be used only where maintenance is essential.
Farmers markets are not considered to be an essential service, as alternatives are available.
Liquor stores must close to the public unless they are in Licensing Trust Areas and the liquor store is operated by the Licensing Trust in that area. Open premises in Licensing Trust Areas can operate with a one-in-one-out rule.
Pest management may be undertaken only where required for human health and safety, and it is essential during the Alert Level 4 period. However, operators must ensure people have somewhere safe to go while the process is underway, in particular where a property is being vacated.
Campgrounds may continue to operate under very strict protocols and management of access. Eg contact to be maintained only with people staying in the same abode/room; common social and recreation areas to be closed; split shift access to common areas.
Backpacker accommodation providers may continue to operate under very strict protocols and management of access conditions. Eg contact to be maintained only with people staying in the same room; common social and recreation areas to be closed; split shift access to common areas.
Butchers, bakeries and similar small-scale food retailers are considered non-essential, as similar products are readily available in supermarkets.
Furniture moving, in general, is not considered to be essential. Anyone who was moving house before Alert Level 4 had until the end of Friday 27 March to complete their move.
Natural health services are considered non-essential.
Security is considered an essential service, even if security services are being provided in relation to a premise for a non-essential service.
Self-storage facilities can operate only to facilitate access for essentials. New sales or expiries of units are considered non-essential. Access to existing lockers is permitted for essential items or services only. Eg fridges.
Critical support services to ensure businesses and workers can continue working from home are considered to be essential. This includes functions such as IT and Payroll.
Rental cars may be accessed in some circumstances. Ministry of Transport has put out documentation on essential transport logistics and services.
Please refer to the Ministry of Transport website(external link)
Every restaurant, café and bar must close all aspects of their operation.
Self-service laundries can stay open, with 2-metre physical distancing to be enforced.
Bunnings, Placemakers, Mitre 10 and other retailers essential to the supply chain for building and construction can stay open to trade customers for essential purposes only.
The Tiwai Point smelter is exempt from closure.
NZ Steel is to shut down in a way that allows for production to recommence easily.
Pulp and paper plants are to shut down their non-essential elements in a way that allows for production to recommence easily, and while maintaining essential production.
Methanex can remain in production, but at a scale consistent with the stability of gas supply.

NZ Govt Covid 19 website