First reported from China in December 2019 COVID-19 has spread rapidly throughout the world and was declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) on March 11, 2020.
New Zealand reported its first Covid-19 case on February 28, 2020. New Zealand’s response to the risk presented by COVID-19 is an elimination strategy – a sustained approach to finding it, stamping it out, and keeping it out - that balances health, economic and social impacts.
Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research has been working in collaboration with Te Pūnaha Matatini partners, MBIE, and Motu Economic & Public Policy Research, to support the Governments response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research’s contributions include research in the areas of epidemiology & modelling of New Zealand’s response to COVID-19, attitudes to COVID-19 policy measures, the economic impact of COVID-19 policy measures in New Zealand and globally, the well-being impacts of COVID-19 and societal desires post-COVID-19, and people’s connection with nature during our Level 4 lockdown.