Coronavirus: Construction kickstarts across New Zealand as tradies allowed to return to work

It was dark when the first of the country's tradies started arriving on site in Rolleston near Christchurch

Everyone is eager to get back on the job after a month off - builders and tradespeople walked off the job when New Zealand moved into level 4 lockdown. 

At 11.59 on Monday night they were given the green light to crank things back up and as the sun peeked over the horizon on Tuesday one residential subdivision on the outskirts of Christchurch became a hive of activity.

To be allowed back on site under alert level 3 building and construction companies must have a COVID-19 control plan in place which includes health and safety measures and physical distancing practises.

Sio Tafili's building crew are getting to grips with their new way of working under alert level 3.

"This morning I had to run the boys through a few safety tips about wearing masks and keeping our distance amongst each other, sanitising before and after work, before smoko and after smoko," Tafili told Newshub.

And it wasn't just tradies being able to get back into it today.

Building supply stores reopened with contactless payment and pickups for much-needed supplies.

Kiwis needing everything from toilet brushes to silicone were stoked to be able to collect their purchases. 

Home handymen and the professionals are all happy to be back on the job - almost back as normal - under the restrictions of level 3.