Managed isolation and quarantine: Critical worker occupancy

This table sets out the proportion of occupied MIQ rooms that are occupied by a critical worker. It is calculated by averaging the percentage of rooms occupied by critical workers on each day in the calendar month.

January 2021 February 2021 March 2021 April 2021 May 2021 June 2021 July 2021 August 2021 September 2021 October 2021 November 2021 December 2021 January 2022
Average occupancy by critical workers 13.3% 18.8% 14.3% 10.3% 13.7% 10.5% 9.6% 8.3% 16.3% 16.3% 10.2% 4.0% 6.1%

Context notes

  • Data for January 2021 to March 2021 includes the arrivals of Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) horticultural and viticulture workers. This large group of additional critical workers resulted in a higher-than-usual percentage of MIQ rooms being used for critical workers during these months.
  • The start of Quarantine Free Travel with Australia reduced the total number of people entering MIQ. This saw rooms used by critical workers make up a higher proportion of the MIQ rooms that are occupied over April and May 2021.

Caveats and definitions

“Critical workers” include temporary visa holders entering New Zealand under the “other critical worker”, “critical health worker”, and “normally resident work visa holder” border exceptions, including any family members entering the country with that worker.

Data for reporting on critical worker occupancy in MIQ has been collated from 1 January 2021.

Last updated: 01 March 2022