24 March 2020 - NZACS Update

Service stations with convenience stores are considered an essential service as part of the fuel supply chain.

We are working with retail NZ and government to urgently gain clarity around convenience stores without fuel and their right to stay open as an essential service. This is based on their wide regional footprint and the fact that they represent a safer and more convenient shopping opportunity for many than a large supermarket.

Various media outlets have published the following list overnight indicating that convenience stores should be allowed to stay open.

Sectors Entities providing essential services (including their supply chains)

Accommodation Accommodation services for essential workers and people who need to be isolated/quarantined

Border Customs New Zealand, Immigration New Zealand and the Ministry for Primary Industries

Building and construction Building and construction related to essential services, critical infrastructure, or immediately needed to maintain human health and safety at home/work

Courts, tribunals and the justice system Courts of New Zealand and tribunals
Critical Crown entities (eg Electoral Commission) 

Education At level 3 only:
Schools and educational facilities (e.g. ECE centres)

Fast-moving consumer goods Businesses involved in the supply, delivery, distribution and sale of food, beverage and other key consumer goods (but not takeaway shops)

Financial services Banks, insurers and other financial institutions

Health Hospitals, primary care clinics, pharmacies, medical laboratories, care facilities
Ambulance services
Mortuary services

Local and national government Any entity involved in COVID-19 response or that has civil defence/emergency management functions
Key public services

Primary industries, including food and beverage production and processing

Packaging, production and processing of food and beverage products
Food safety and verification, inspection or associated laboratory services, food safety and biosecurity functions
Veterinary and animal health/welfare services

Public safety and national security Emergency services
Security and intelligence services
Justice system
Public safety and national security roles

Science Any entity (including research organisations) involved in COVID-19 response, hazard monitoring, resilience, diagnostics for essential services

Social services Welfare and social services, including NGOs, which meet immediate needs (further guidance will be provided)

Transport and logistics Transport servicesNew Zealand Post and courier services 
Any small passenger service vehicle driver – including taxis and ride-share services

Utilities and communications, including supply chains Electricity, gas, water, waste, fuel, telecommunication services, internet providers and media



All published events are on hold until further notice. NZACS still intends to produce a State of the Industry report however the timing on this is yet to be determined

Useful links for businesses and employees

I have attached the following link which is more useful regarding options for business support than the Govt CV-19 website


Dave Hooker     

Executive Director NZACS

PO Box 65-434

Mairangi Bay

Auckland 0754

New Zealand 


Mobile 64 27 471 9366w