Face masks are now essential wear for all New Zealanders.
You should wear masks in situations where physical distancing is not possible at alert levels 2, 3 and 4, like on public transport or in shops.
Where Can You Buy Face Masks?
You can, stock permitting, get non-medical-grade masks from pharmacies, hardware stores and major supermarkets, these retail stores have enough in stock for everyone in NZ. A range of great businesses in New Zealand are now also making more sustainable, reusable masks for you to sport, and they look great.
Here are the best places to buy face masks in Auckland and beyond including Christchurch, Wellington and Queenstown.
- Lucke | We stan these NZ masks made from recycled ocean plastic which also incorporate innovative anti-viral technology as well as Helix Iso filters. Added bonus—they come in a range of colours you'll actually enjoy wearing. Snap up your Lucke here.
- TheMarket | With a staggering range of reusable face masks for men, women and children from brands such as Cue, Barkers, Lacoste and Annah Stretton, you're bound to find your perfect fit. Browse TheMarket here.
- Cotton On | When you pick up a reusable face mask from Cotton On, not only will you get a snazzy new face-covering but feel good knowing 100% of the profits contribute towards the Cotton On Foundation which empowers youth through education. Browse masks with a conscience here.
- Kind Face | Made with three layers of premium linen it's time like these you need to show your Kind Face. These babies come in a variety of colours and three sizes. Pick your mask up here.
- lululemon | Beyond covetable workout gear, these guys also supply comfy face masks that avoid the dreaded ear pull. Shop lululemon masks here.
- The Iconic | For a massive range of masks in all sorts of colours and materials (silk, we're looking at you), the Iconic has your back (or face). See the range here.
- The Minimal | These double layer organic hemp face masks come from Nepal so you know the fabric is top notch, so snap up your hemp face mask here.
- Munch | This Wellington-based social enterprise supplier of ethical and eco essentials have extended their remit to offer organic cotton face masks. With masks in a variety of styles for both adults and children with the option of purchasing additional filters.
- Mountain Country | New-Zealand made triple tech face masks in green, grey and black. Reusable, washable and soft on the skin. Also stock packs of 7 Helix Iso filters. Order your Mountain Country face mask here.
- MEO | One of the few companies that also offer child masks, MEO's reusable masks are designed to reduce the build-up of moisture and heat for maximum comfort, come in a range of colours with Helix Iso filters. Order their masks here.
- Neighbourhood Goods | If you're after something on the cooler side be sure to check out this range. Making adults and kids masks you can choose from denim, vintage snoopy or camo corduroy amongst others.
- Mina | Sustainability outfit Mina use deadstock to create their face masks. Check out their range here.
- RJB Designs | Fine tailors located in downtown Auckland, RJB have whipped up some chic handcrafted designs using luxury wools and cotton. They'll even make you a bespoke mask on request. Check out their range here.
- Cactus Outdoor | These masks have been flying out of the Christchurch-based door (they also have a shop in Wellington). Made adjustable by elastic to ensure a snug fit. Shop your Cactus mask here.
- Aotea Road | Check out these fun varied designs for men, women, teens, girls and boys from this Auckland-based outfit who also use the Helix Iso filters. Order yours here.
- Untouched World | Christchurch-based sustainable company Untouched World have designed Ecoprotect masks ranging from those with Helix Iso filters to simpler pleat-style designs. Check out their range here.
- Annah Stretton | Fashion designer Annah Stretton has been making adjustable cotton face masks since the last lockdown and now has 26 stylish options for men, women and children. Browse the range here.
- Tussock Ridge Merino | NZ-made Merino face masks with a wide range of colours including deep red and ocean blue, Tussock Ridge masks come with one fitted Helix Iso filter plus two replacements. Buy their masks here.
- Little Yellow Bird | Pohutakawa, nautical or plain black this Wellington-based outfit has adults and kids (literally) covered. 100% organic cotton with a natural wool filter Helix Iso filter technology. Find out more here.
- Flagmakers | This Wellington-based outfit offers 8 collections of mask designs from hipster to novelty designs. Their protectamasks come with a Helix Iso filter and they also sell replacement filters. Buy them here.
- Bonz | Designed in Queenstown and NZ-made, these merino face masks come in a range of colours. Order them here.
- Hills Hats | Ever wanted to match your mask to your headwear? Look no further than this Wellington-based outfit that offers a wide range of designs. Browse the selection here.
- True Fleece | Offer merino wool cloth face masks in a variety of colours, pink camo anyone? Based in Christchurch you can check out their double-layer masks here.
What Are The Different Types Of Face Mask?
Advice from The New Zealand Government:
Most people can use non-medical-grade masks. These masks prevent the wearer from spreading diseases to others and could help protect the wearer from becoming infected. Non-medical-grade masks can be either single-use or reusable.
Single-use masks are made with a non-woven melt-blown polypropylene layer and can only be worn once, and you should throw it away after wearing it. Reusable masks can be washed and reused.
There are other types of masks and respirators (such as P2 or N95). These are not recommended for use in the community and not advised to be used outside of healthcare or specific industries under health advice."
Can I Make My Own Face Mask
Yes, you can, you can even employ the use of bandanas and scarves as face coverings.
Want to get creative? The below video was published by Melbourne's DHHS—who know a thing or two about masks—watch it and find out how you can make a mask out of garments you have lying around the house. Need a pattern? Spotlight have got your back right here and you can order their fabrics online.
Keep up to date with the latest lockdown news for New Zealand here.
Image credit: Lucke by @joshua_mccormack
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