Information in this “living” document is being gathered from the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Social Development, Inland Revenue Department and other sources to help NZIPP photographers deal with the coronavirus pandemic. It contains health guidance and information on business continuity planning, resources available to you for dealing with financial hardship, ideas on responding to clients, and a database of other NZIPP members you can turn to for help. As more information becomes available, this document will be updated, so please check back regularly.

If you know of resources that could be helpful to our members and that we can add in here, please email Sarah McGregor on

COVID-19 Impact on the Photography Industry

Cancellations and postponements due to COVID-19 are having a devastating impact on creative industries in New Zealand. The NZ Institute of Professional Photography has put together this survey in an effort to measure that impact on New Zealand photography industry.

We ask ALL New Zealand Photographers to please take the time to complete this survey so we can report back our findings to relevant government departments:



New Zealand Photographer exposed to COVID-19 during recent Wedding

New Zealand Wedding Photographer Tim Kelly is now in self isolation after being contacted by the Ministry of Health, following contact with COVID-19 during a recent wedding. Tim posted this video online today, with an important message for wedding couples that Photographers might want to share.


I was exposed to COVID19 last week... at a wedding here in NZ. Here are my thoughts on why we should be postponing any weddings in the next few weeks.

Posted by Tim Kelly on Friday, 20 March 2020

Saturday 21 March 2020 – Letter to the Ministry of Health

We have written today to the Director-General of Health, the Health Minister and to PM Jacinda Ardern to urge the government to consider lowering the recommended numbers at gatherings in New Zealand. Many NZ wedding photographers are feeling very unsafe. We will update you if and when we receive a response, and in the meantime if you are a concerned wedding photographer we hope this letter is a useful resource in your communications with your clients.


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