Sunday 22 August, 2021

COVID-19 case linked to evening events at Aotea Centre on Saturday 14 August, 7 – 7.30pm

Auckland Live and the Royal New Zealand Ballet have been advised that the Aotea Centre is now a location of interest, specifically on Saturday 14 August, between 7pm and 11pm. 

We are advising everyone who attended events on this night to please call Healthline on 0800 358 5453, go for a COVID-19 test and follow official advice.   

The details 

On the evening of Saturday 14 August, Auckland Live and Conventions hosted The University of Auckland Waipārūrū and Whitaker Halls Ball in the Hunua Rooms, on the lowest level of the Aotea Centre, while a Royal New Zealand Ballet performance was in the Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre, and Pork and Poll Taxes, a theatre production by independent companies Proudly Asian Theatre and Hand Pulled Collective was in the Herald Theatre. 

A student who attended the ball subsequently tested positive for COVID-19. 

While the Hunua Room is the area with the highest risk, patrons for all the events could have mingled in foyer spaces, the Civic Carpark, or Terrace Café.  

Healthline advised they work on a 30-minute airborne time period for Delta, so the foyer on Level 1 (which also connects with the Civic Carpark), would have been a high-risk environment for anyone entering between 7pm and 7:30pm. 

Regardless of which event you attended or your movements in the Centre, we urge you to take action. The health and wellbeing of our patrons and staff is our first priority. 

If you were in the Aotea Centre from 7pm until 11pm on Saturday, 14 August, please call Healthline on 0800 358 5453, go for a COVID-19 test and follow the official advice. 

Auckland Live is undertaking a thorough clean of the venue to ensure it is safe for the public and our staff to enter when our doors reopen.  

We wish anyone in our community who is infected a full and speedy recovery; and join the call for everyone to be kind, stay the course and keep each other safe.  

The team at the Royal New Zealand Ballet and Auckland Live 

Saturday 21 August, 2021

Aotea Centre, Friday 13 August, 12.15 – 12.30pm 

We regret to advise that last night we received notification from the Aotea Centre that this venue had been added as a location of interest for this latest COVID outbreak.  The period of interest is 12.15pm to 12.30pm on Friday the 13th of August, just prior to the start of The Firebird school matinee which was attended by students from a range of Auckland schools. 

We take every precaution at the Royal New Zealand Ballet to keep our audiences, dancers and staff safe.  We have been in touch with all of the affected schools and with the staff and other guests who attended this event, and will update them directly should we receive further information from the Aotea Centre or the Ministry of Health.   

While we are informed that the infectious person was only in one small area of the Aotea Centre and only briefly, the Ministry of Health is asking that anyone who was at the Aotea Centre during this period of time to isolate at home for 14 days from the date of last exposure (ie: through to 27 August 2021), get a COVID test now, and then get another test again on day 12 after the last exposure (i.e. on the 25th of August).   


Healthline (Tel: 0800 358 5453) will be able to provide advice about getting tested.  Additional information about testing can be found at: Get tested for COVID-19 | Unite against COVID-19 ( 

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