What a month it has been! But we’ve come a long way as a country together.

The government’s Alert Level 3 announcement means NCTIR site-based staff can return to work on the roads to deliver their existing work programme, under strict new health and safety measures. Office-based staff will continue to work from home. The safety of their people and the Kaikōura community is the top priority. At Level 3 they will be following the official New Zealand construction COVID-19 protocols including restricted access to sites, requirements for workers to maintain physical distancing, and the use of additional protective clothing. These standards will be the same across the construction and building sector.

All site crews will go through a NCTIR COVID-19 REBOOT induction and learn the new practices and protocols to keep them, the surrounding community and road users safe.  Crews will form small working ‘bubbles’ that will stick together throughout the day while maintaining social distance, and will also share accommodation and travel bubbles. 

The NCTIR Village will reopen during this time to accommodate workers, who will be isolated to their rooms or work bubbles, and catered for.

Although most roadworks (apart from critical maintenance and emergency works) were put on hold during Alert Level 4, many NCTIR team members have been working hard from home during lockdown to ensure they are fully prepared for a smooth and safe return to site. They are looking forward to being back out on the road, and seeing the projects progress again through these final months to completion.

NCTIR will continue to keep the community informed regularly about their work programme, but it can’t be face-to-face at the moment. If you have any questions please contact them on 0800 628 4737 or

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