About the programme

What is the COVID-19 Saliva Testing Programme?

COVID-19 saliva surveillance testing works alongside the swab testing programme.

COVID-19 Response Minister, Chris Hipkins, announced on 26 May 2021 that participation in saliva testing, as part of mandatory testing, will be an option for border workers. Workers will have some choice in the testing regime they participate in.

More frequent saliva testing means there is added security for your safety, and that of your whānau and our communities.

Who is managing the testing?

Asia Pacific Healthcare Group (APHG) has been selected by the Ministry of Health to carry out COVID-19 saliva testing for surveillance purposes in New Zealand.

APHG operates a national network of medical laboratories, sample collection centres and logistics services. We have considerable experience in COVID-19 testing, having tested approximately one third of all COVID-19 PCR tests in New Zealand, the largest number of any single service provider.

Asia Pacific Healthcare Group (APHG) is New Zealand’s largest human and veterinary pathology network. We operate as Labtests, Northland Pathology, Taranaki Pathology Services, Southern Community Laboratories, Wellington SCL, Canterbury SCL, Medlab South & Gribbles Veterinary Pathology. With 25 laboratories, over 2,100 staff and 150 collection centres throughout NZ, APHG performs over 7 million pathology patient episodes each year.

APHG testing laboratories are all accredited by the Independent Accreditation New Zealand (IANZ), this includes COVID-19 PCR testing on saliva and swabs.

Laboratories under-taking the testing.

See what Kiwis are saying about the saliva testing programme

“The app on my phone has been easy to use and there are multiple drop off points now, so easy when I am not at work.”

Leaha North
Charge Nurse, MIQ Facility

“Quick, very convenient and painless. You can do it at anytime of the day or night, to fit in with your work.”

Chris Coleman
Marine Pilot, Lyttelton Port Company

“I have done a saliva test almost every day and is a huge relief when the result comes through the next day.  Easy, painless and lowers my stress levels.”

MIQ Facility, Auckland and Wellington

How the Service Works

Opt-in / Register.

Get the app.

Collect a test kit.

Provide saliva sample.

Drop-off your saliva kit.

Results available on the app.

PCR Saliva Testing

A comfortable, convenient and accurate PCR test.

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