RANZ Response to COVID-19


Research Association NZ has formed a Pandemic Response Team who will work within their ability to bring members up to date with information and advice.

Health & Safety at work - COVID-19

New Zealand is currently in Alert Level 4 – Eliminate. This means businesses must close, with staff either working from home or taking leave. Businesses can continue operating at Alert Level 4.  

More information on alert levels.

Latest list of essential services DOWNLOAD HERE

Business Q&A regarding essential services DOWNLOAD HERE

Is it ethical to continue to survey people at this time?

We believe research is as vital now as ever. So long as research is conducted within the provisions of the code of conduct, ‚Äčand within the government imposed restrictions of the lockdown, it is considered to be ethical. RANZ encourages members to continue research with heightened sensitivity to the situation in which the people find themselves.

Should I be undertaking face to face research currently? 

Now that New Zealand is currently at COVID-19 Level 4, face to face research must be suspended until further notice.

How can my business prepare for a period of no face to face contact?

Email, messaging, web conferencing and other technologies, many free or low-cost, are quickly being adopted.  BusinessNZ says firms should ensure their digital capability is effective at governance as well as operational level.

You can pose questions to the RANZ Pandemic Response Team via the Contact us page, via Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter.

Ministry of Health advice for businesses CLICK HERE.

Please see the Business NZ website for updates regarding COVID-19 information for businesses, and staying up to date CLICK HERE.

Global research industry resources

ESOMAR information and support CLICK HERE

ESOMAR minutes and recording of COVID-19 meeting Friday 20th March

Greenbook - Implications for the insights industry CLICK HERE

General COVID-19 questions

Firstly, familiarise yourself with the very latest self-isolation guidelines on the MOH website. Remember it’s a constantly changing environment for everyone.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to a range of other illnesses such as influenza (flu) and colds, and do not necessarily mean that you have COVID-19.

Symptoms include fever, coughing and difficulty breathing. Difficulty breathing is a sign of possible pneumonia and requires immediate medical attention.

Standard recommendations to reduce exposure to and transmission of a range of illnesses include maintaining basic hand and respiratory hygiene, and safe food practices and avoiding close contact, when possible, with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.

What can I do to minimise the spread?

We can help 'flatten the curve' and give ourselves the best chance to stay healthy by:

  • washing our hands with soap before and after eating, drinking and smoking/vaping
  • using hand sanitiser and wiping our desk, keyboard and mouse down at the start and end of the day
  • always covering our mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing – into a tissue or into your elbow, and
  • getting the flu vaccine in April.

The MOH website has simple things you and your family can do to stop the spread of infectious disease:

Ministry of Health – Prevent the spread of infectious disease(external link)

Also check out these handy reminders from Dr Siouxsie Wiles with illustrations by Toby Morris about flattening the curve and having a strong collective response.

Flattening the curve infographic(external link)
Stop the spread infographic(external link)

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