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Waitangi day

Most of our collection centres will be closed on Tuesday 6 February for Waitangi Day. The open collection centres can be found here.

Auckland anniversary day

Most of our collection centres will be closed on Monday 29 January for the anniversary day public holiday. However, you can find details of the centres that will be open here. Enjoy the long weekend.

Festive season opening hours

Some of our collection centres are closed during the festive season and others are operating reduced hours. Please find details of all collection centre opening hours over the Christmas and New Year period here. NOTE: All collection centres will close at 4.00pm (or earlier if normal closing time is before 4pm) during all of January. […]

Labour day opening hours

Most of our collection centres are closed on Labour day (Monday 23 October), but you can find a list of the centres that are open here. Enjoy your long weekend and travel safely if you are heading away.

Expired viral swabs/tubes

Increasing numbers of expired viral swabs / tubes for SARS-CoV-2, HSV/VZV, and other molecular testing are being received by the laboratory. The use of expired materials has the potential to compromise results and testing on significantly out of date swabs / tubes will not be routinely performed. We ask practices to review and monitor their […]

Our name is changing – introducing Awanui Labs

We are communicating to provide notice of the upcoming name change of our organisation from Labtests to Awanui Labs. Moving to become Awanui Labs is a significant milestone for our organisation and represents the nationwide network we are part of. Our new name brings all eight laboratory brands from in our network, from Northland to […]

Changes to the National Cervical Screening Programme (NCSP): HPV Primary Testing

From 12 September 2023, the primary test for cervical screening will change to a human papillomavirus (HPV) test, with the option of self-testing. Further information about the change can be accessed via the National Screening Unit HPV primary screening webpage located here. There are two sample types that Awanui labs will be accepting for HPV […]

HPV primary screening – DELAYED

Labtests have been advised by the National Cervical Screening Programme (NCSP) that the start date for the switch to primary HPV screening has been postponed until 12 September 2023. Further information is available from the NCSP by emailing HPVScreen@health.govt.nz. Until the programme change to primary HPV testing takes effect on 12 September 2023, SurePath vials […]

Matariki opening hours

Most of our collection centres are closed on 14 July for the Matariki public holiday. Opening hours for centres operating can be found here.

New Kumeu collection centre

We’re thrilled to announce the opening of our brand new collection centre. In response to the valuable feedback we’ve received from the community, we are committed to providing you with an improved and more convenient experience. To ensure we can serve you without delay, we have set up a temporary makeshift collection centre. Please bear […]