It says those with respiratory illness consistent with COVID-19 should be considered for testing, regardless of travel history or contact with a confirmed case.
Labs for testing are increasing from eight to 10 and will be in place by the end of next week.
Civil Defence director Sarah Stuart-Black says 57 people were moved yesterday from managed isolation in Auckland through Wellington to Christchurch.
She says there will be a charted regional flight this afternoon, and more are expected in the next few days.
-Additional information by RNZ.