The first Level 4 lockdown hit big manufacturers hard, Newsroom reveals. But when one came up with a plan to allow plants to stay open safely, the Government wouldn’t listen. Tony Clifford, managing director of big forestry and wood products company Pan Pac, proposed a Covid certification system which would allow companies to be audited independently – if they passed, they could stay open through lockdown. Catherine Beard, executive director of Manufacturing NZ and Export NZ says there are other companies like Pan Pac which could have operated safely in Level 4, but never get the chance as they aren’t deemed essential by Government.