About MIQ

Managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ) is an important part of keeping New Zealanders safe during the COVID-19 global pandemic.

Helping people affected by COVID-19 in our communities

Since the outbreak of the Delta variant of COVID-19 began in New Zealand in August 2021, MIQ has played a key role in helping to manage the spread of COVID-19 in our communities.

MIQ has provided care and support through its managed isolation and quarantine services to New Zealanders who have tested positive through the community outbreak or who are close contacts of positive cases.

Helping New Zealanders return home

We have helped thousands of New Zealanders return home safely and comfortably.

New Zealand citizens and residents have a right to return to New Zealand, and we help them do so.

Those returning to New Zealand have a responsibility to do their part to stop COVID-19 spreading in New Zealand by completing 7 days in managed isolation followed by self-isolation at home or other accommodation.

Our Managed Isolation and Quarantine system helps protect jobs in New Zealand by ensuring that critical workers and those who provide a significant benefit to our economy can come to New Zealand.

Our people

Workers at our Managed Isolation and Quarantine facilities are at the frontline of New Zealand’s defence against COVID-19, doing essential work to protect New Zealanders from this global pandemic.

A chef working in the kitchen of a managed isolation facility putting mayonnaise on salads.

A chef working in the kitchen of a managed isolation facility

We thank our workers for their hard work and commitment to keeping COVID-19 away from our communities.

The safety of our staff and returnees in our Managed Isolation and Quarantine facilities is critical to ultimately ensure the safety of our community.

Over 4,000 workers across hotels, the New Zealand Defence Force, Police, District Health Boards and government agencies are working hard to ensure people can complete their stay safely and comfortably.

A worker in the kitchen of a Managed Isolation Facility wiping a bench top.

An MIQ staff member working in a managed isolation facility

How we work

We follow strict health protocols and our processes evolve as we learn more about COVID-19.

Our processes follow the latest public health advice and are strictly enforced.

All Managed Isolation and Quarantine facilities operate in a Level 4 environment.

The purpose of managed isolation is to ensure people do not have COVID-19 before they return to our communities.

This is a tricky virus and we continue to learn and evolve how we best run MIQ facilities.

Read more about our on-site staff

Our leadership

Managed Isolation and Quarantine (MIQ) became a business group within the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) on 13 July 2020. MIQ is jointly led by Chris Bunny and Brigadier Rose King.

Joint heads of MIQ - Chris Bunny and Brigadier Rose King

Joint heads of MIQ - Chris Bunny and Brigadier Rose King

Last updated: 22 November 2021