Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) Kits


Access Free Rapid Antigen Test (RAT)

If you have COVID-19 symptoms or you’re a household contact, you can receive free Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) kits for yourself and your household.


Option 1

Free RAT Kits

  1. Click on the button above to confirm your free order using our special free coupon code: R-1234567 at the CART or CHECKOUT
  2. Each member of your household will receive one five pack of Rapid Antigen Tests so make sure you order this number from us.
  3. We will text you back to confirm collection from Ranui or our Laingholm contactless drive thru.

Option 2

Free RAT Kits

  1. Go to the Ministry of Health website to confirm your eligibility and order your free home testing kit: requestrats.covid19.health.nz
  2. Instead of wasting petrol and time driving to an Auckland Community Collection Site: (West | Central | North | South) only to find they may have closed, you can now order and collect your Free Home RAT Self-Test kits from us at 21 Laingfield Terrace, Laingholm, 7 days 9am-9pm.
  3. Click on the button above to confirm your free order using our special free coupon code: R-1234567 at the CART or CHECKOUT
  4. Each member of your household will receive one five pack of Rapid Antigen Tests so make sure you order this number from us.
    The number of people in your household must match the answer you provided on the Ministry of Health order system.
  5. Important: add a note on the order with the RAT order number eg. R-1983469 from the text message you received from the Ministry of Health (see example below)
 Kia ora, your RAT order number is: R-1983469
 You can pick your RATs up now from a collection site
 If needed someone else can collect on your behalf.
They will need to bring the order number.
  • We will text you back to confirm collection from our local contactless drive thru (if you are self isolating & unable to collect then text us back).
  • You must not have already received your free RAT order from any of the main Community Collection Sites as we are consolidating everyone’s orders and collecting these at the same time on everyone’s behalf
    We are providing the same number & types of tests locally in advance from our own stocks:
  • If you require a printed colour copy then please let us know, otherwise we will save the trees and printing costs.

** If you have trouble ordering your free RAT Self-Test kits from requestrats.covid19.health.nz then Email [email protected] or call us on 0800 222 478 and press 3. They are available Monday to Friday, 8am – 8pm.

** Criteria – Publicly funded (free) tests are free if it is part of the public health response. This includes if you:

  • have COVID-19 symptoms (e.g. a fever, new or worsening cough, sore or scratchy throat, shortness of breath, sneezing and running nose)
  • are a Household Contact
  • are part of the healthcare and emergency service workforce
  • have been told to get a test by a Health Official/Professional (provided free from your doctor or health provider)

For a full & comprehensive list of criteria please refer to the following Ministry of Health web page: Rapid Antigen Testing (RAT)

Household Contacts of someone who has COVID-19 should be tested, Close Contacts do not need a test but should wear a mask when away from home:

  • If someone in your household tests positive for COVID-19, you DO NOT need to self-isolate but you should test daily for 5 days with a rapid antigen test (RAT) from the day the person with COVID-19 tested positive. Day zero is the day the first person became symptomatic or got their COVID test. If you test positive for COVID-19, you must self-isolate for 7 days.
  • Non-household close contacts do not need to self-isolate or get a test. Monitor yourself for symptoms for 10 days, and if any develop, take a rapid antigen test (RAT). Wear a face mask whenever you leave your home for the first 5 days following exposure.

Option 3

Purchase approved RAT self-test kits for Companies 

Buy RAT Kits

So what is Rapid Antigen Testing?

Scientifically speaking, a Rapid Antigen Test (also called a ‘RAT test’) is used to detect the proteins found in the outer part of the COVID-19 virus. In the real world, a RAT test is basically a way of detecting whether someone has the COVID-19 virus.

But I thought you could just go and get tested easily enough – why should I care about RAT testing?

The answer to that is in the first word – it’s RAPID – a RAT test has the ability to detect the virus in you or your staff in a matter of minutes, so action can be taken much more quickly to avoid onward spread. This keeps the rest of your workforce safer and means staff do not have to be stood down while awaiting a test result (which may come back negative, meaning lost productivity for nothing).

rapid antigen test results in 15 minutes

So do I have to send my staff anywhere to get a RAT test?

No, that’s the beauty of Rapid Antigen Testing – it can be done on site in a matter of minutes, meaning minimum disruption to your work day.

So how is this test carried out?

Some more good news here – Rapid Antigen Testing is the least invasive method of testing. It is a nasal swab, but it’s only inserted into the lower part of the nasal cavity (not all the way up like standard COVID testing). Because it doesn’t need to go so high up the nasal cavity, it’s much more comfortable and less nerve-wracking for your staff! Once the swab has been taken, it can be tested on site with the results available in less than 15 minutes.

Rapid Antigen Test

Rapid Antigen Test – easy and comfortable!

Where should I record my Rapid Antigen Test result?

Report the result of your RAT through My Covid Record. To report your result, log in to My Covid Record or call 0800 222 478 and press option 3.
If you are part of the Close Contact Exemption Scheme, you must also tell your employer your result.