Aotearoa New Zealand Strategic Framework for Managing COVID-19

Published online: 
01 September 2023

The COVID-19 pandemic has been one of the most significant global events in a generation. It has had far-reaching social, health and economic impacts, well beyond the acute impact on human health. Lives and livelihoods have been disrupted, millions have died worldwide, and for many, the way we work, learn, travel and socialise has changed.

All indications are that COVID-19 will be with us for the foreseeable future. We need to ensure we are well positioned to manage COVID-19 over the long term. We need to build on the gains we have made and have confidence that our systems and communities will be better prepared to respond to future waves of COVID-19, as well as other infectious agents with pandemic potential.  

The Aotearoa New Zealand Strategic Framework for Managing COVID-19 sets out the direction for the long-term management of COVID-19 for our country.  

The COVID-19 virus continues to evolve, as will its impact and our response. This strategic framework builds on and replaces the National Action Plan 3 and the Summary of Aotearoa New Zealand’s Strategic Framework for COVID-19 Variants of Concern – Summary for Cabinet. It is a single framework that outlines the outcomes we seek, and the priorities which will get us there, as we work together on the long-term management of COVID-19. 

Now that the last remaining mandatory COVID-19 measures have been removed, we are shifting our management of COVID-19 from an emergency response, and focusing on improving our resilience to future pandemics and our management of other infectious diseases.   

This strategic framework supports this shift and will harness our efforts toward the high-level goal of pae ora – healthy futures, by protecting Aotearoa New Zealand and the individual and collective wellbeing of our people from the impacts of COVID-19. 

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Publishing information

  • Date of publication:
    01 September 2023
  • ISBN:
    978-1-991075-54-3 (online)
  • HP number:
  • Citation:
    Ministry of Health. 2023. Aotearoa New Zealand Strategic Framework for Managing COVID-19. Wellington: Ministry of Health.
  • Ordering information:
    Only soft copy available to download
  • Copyright status:

    Owned by the Ministry of Health and licensed for reuse under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence.

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