Almost all of the country will see the start of 2022 in at level “orange”, The Spinoff reports. Auckland will move move down out of the red level of the traffic light framework on Thursday, December 30. That’s approximately four weeks after the traffic light system came into play and therefore two full transmission cycles of the virus. PM Jacinda Ardern said the decision took into account vaccination rates, the health system capacity and the status of the current outbreak.