In its brief data released, the republic's Health Ministry said all the imported cases had been placed on Stay-Home Notice upon arrival in Singapore.
In August, local authorities in two Chinese cities said they had found traces of the virus on cargoes of imported frozen food.
Other passengers from that flight are being contacted and assessed as a precautionary measure in order to exclude them as the source of infection. Instead, health officials say they are three members of the same family as one man who recently returned to NZ but passed away separately without a positive result.
There have been 176 cases reported in the last 24 hours - bringing the seven day total to 977 in just a week. The man developed symptoms 21 days after arriving in New Zealand.
The total number of active cases is 71 - of those, 36 are imported cases in managed isolation/quarantine facilities, and 35 are community cases.
The first theory is that Covid was caught overseas or on its global trip, had an incubation period higher than usual, and symptoms appeared three weeks later.
Those who had been identified as close contacts of confirmed cases would already have been notified, said the MOH.
The school remains open and safe to attend.
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To date, 27 people have died from complications due to COVID-19 in the republic. He returned a negative test for Covid-19 around day 3 of his stay in managed isolation at the Grand Millennium.
"This case is another example of the tricky nature of the virus, and a reminder that anyone who has been through a managed isolation facility should remain very aware of their health".
The first patient is a Chinese working in India who arrived at the Shanghai Pudong International Airport on September 14.
As of September 20, there are 47 people isolating in the Auckland quarantine facility from the community, which includes 20 people who have tested positive for COVID-19 and their household contacts. None of them are in ICU.
New Zealand's laboratories processed 5417 tests yesterday.
The concept of a new cluster will be of great concern to Adorn as it considers New Zealand's warning level settings.
The concept of the new block will be a primary concern of Ardern as she studies alert level settings in New Zealand.
This article is republished by the Pacific Media Centre under a partnership agreement with RNZ.