Information on the COVID-19 pandemic is constantly evolving and developing. The McGuinness Institute will update this as necessary. Please feel free to get in touch if you have any suggestions for resources that should be on this page.


New Zealand

Website – Unite against COVID-19

This website is regularly updated with the latest NZ Government information on New Zealand in the COVID-19 pandemic. It has information on New Zealand’s alert levels system, practical advice on self-isolation, staying safe, financial assistance, essential businesses, and other resources (including translations).

Webpage – Ministry of Health National Reserve Supplies

This webpage gives background information on New Zealand’s NRS. It was last updated on 28 January 2020.

Webpage – Ministry of Health National Reserve Supply composition

This webpage details the composition of New Zealand’s NRS. It was last updated on 28 January 2020.

Note: There are daily afternoon updates from both the Director-General of Health and the New Zealand Prime Minister. These are streamed online on various news websites.

Register – Manufacturing NZ

This register details New Zealand manufacturers able to produce COVID-19-related personal protective equipment (PPE).


Rest of the world

Guidance document – World Health Organization guidance (issued 19 March 2020)

This evidence-based guidance document outlines WHO’s recommendations for the use of PPE in healthcare, community, and cargo handling contexts. WHO advises that these recommendations will be updated ‘as new information becomes available’.

Webpage – Coronavirus disease (COVID-2019) situation reports

This webpage lists (in order of most recent to least) daily situation reports on COVID-19.


McGuinness Institute publications

Survey Insights: An analysis of the 2020 NZNO PPE Survey (May 2020)

A collaboration between New Zealand Nurses Organisation Tōpūtanga Tapuhi Kaitiaki o Aotearoa and Stickybeak

Correspondence – OIA: National Reserve Supply (22 April 2020)

This OIA request was sent to the MoH to gather further information relating to the National Reserve Supply (NRS).

Correspondence – OIA: Intensive Care Drugs (22 April 2020)

This OIA request was sent to the MoH to gather information about New Zealand’s supply of intensive care drugs. 

Infographic – Country graphs: Mapping the COVID-19 curves (19 April, 2020)

This infographic tracks the COVID-19 curves of New Zealand and other countries using WHO data. It is updated every Monday afternoon, so check back regularly for the most up to date comparisons.

Infographic – Unlocking Strategy: the COVID-19 dilemma (16 April, 2020)

This infographic unpacks two possible options for the country, including short-term and long-term effects, ahead of the 20 April lockdown announcement.

Think Piece 33The Long Normal: Preparing the National Reserve Supply (NRS) for pandemic cycles (April, 2020)

This think piece looks at how pandemics are, in the long term, part of a normal cycle of events for society, which needs to be reflected in New Zealand’s pandemic planning.

Correspondence – Letter to Dr Bloomfield, MoH (27 March, 2020)

This letter was sent to MoH to make suggestions about information provision, including on the MoH website especially regarding NRS and PPE supplies.

Correspondence – Mid Central DHB (OIA Response) (27 March, 2020)

A response from the Mid Central DHB to our Open Letter to District Health Boards (2020).

Infographic – COVID-19 Phase 1: Instagram poll results (26 March, 2020)

The results of a poll ran via our Instagram stories about the potential length of phase 1 of COVID-19.

Correspondence – Open Letter to District Health Boards (25 March, 2020)

This open letter was sent out to DHBS to enquire about the storage of the National Reserve Supply (NRS).

Infographic – Distancing strategy: flattening the COVID-19 curve (11 March, 2020)

This infographic illustrates various actions that can be taken to help flatten the COVID-19 curve.

Contributing Paper – Lessons From the West African Ebola Outbreak in Relation to New Zealand’s Supply Chain Resilience (2015)

This contributing paper, co-authored by Roger Dennis, Wendy McGuinness and Rick Boven, and sponsored by Z Energy Limited and Foodstuffs (NZ) Limited, identifies ways to build a more resilient supply chain for New Zealand in the face of a pandemic.

Report – Managing the Business Risk of a Pandemic: Lessons from the Past and a Checklist for the Future (2006)

This early report addresses how organisations can strive to deliver critical products and services to the community/ies they operate within while protecting staff, families and owners from the secondary effects of a pandemic.