COVID-19 ...

NZ Plant Producers Incorporated supports the national COVID-19 Level 4 lockdown, it's our best bet to beat the virus. We're working with plant producers and related business to help them be well placed to support it too.

Our priority is keeping plant businesses, and their staff and families, healthy and safe and we're monitoring advice from the Government regarding the evolving COVID-19 situation.

Current Status

27 March 2020

All plant producers and garden retailers MUST CLOSE throughout the Level 4 Alert.

However, there are some authorised activities nursery industry businesses can do. To undertake these, you must:

  • Register for Safe Practice with the Ministry for Primary Industries which requires information on your plan to protect workers and stop any spread of COVID-19.
  • and restrict all on-site activities to the bare minimum crucial for immediate plant survival.

Authorised activities:

MPI has advised that Nurseries will be able to carry out maintenance on capital stock and plants to keep them alive. They will not be able to open for business as usual’.

This authorisation includes tasks critical for plant survival, such as watering, pest control, disease control, temperature and humidity control, using the minimum number of people necessary. Think of it as a skeleton crew doing the bare minimum for plant survival in the weeks ahead.

It does not include activities such as propagation, potting, pruning, administration, etc.

Food sector suppliers:

In addition, nurseries producing plants for food or beverages (including grape vines and orchard trees & vegetable seedlings) are defined as Support Services and can undertake some additional activities depending on their customer's needs.

They can continue to supply their food growing clients with goods and services essential during the Level 4 Alert or vital to the client’s ongoing operation, eg, would cause significant disruption in the weeks after the Level 4 Alert if not provided now.

Learn more about your role as a Support Service at MPI’s website here.

Authorised activities for plant survival

MPI's authorised work on tasks critical for plant survival for all plant producers and additional activities for those in the food supply chain ... more

Procedures to register for Authorised Activity

All plant producers and garden retailers must register to undertake Authorised Activities under Level 4 ... more

Guide to Safe Nursery Operations Under COVID-19 Level 4 Response

NZPPI's developed guidelines to assist plant producers manage COVID-19 risk while undertaking essential operations under Level 4 restrictions ...


We're receiving a lot of queries and answering them as accurately and quickly as we can under present circumstances. We've anwers to some of the most common questions here ...

Useful links

Links to BusinessNZ and government websites here ...

Guidance and assistance


Our purpose ...

New Zealand Plant Producers Incorporated (NZPPI) is the peak industry body for plant producers and our industry partners. It's an opportunity for plant producers and their community to collaborate in shaping and growing an industry body with an influential voice that delivers value to our businesses.

It grew from work to identify a model for a producer-led industry body to advance an agenda for a broader and more inclusive community of plant producers and their industry partners.


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