The Ministry of Health is providing free mobile phone data for people to access some key health sector websites – this means you will not be charged for mobile data use when looking at those sites on your phone.

Sponsored Data (also known as zero-rated data) removes the cost barrier by providing free access to key health sector websites for anyone using the Spark, Skinny, Vodafone, 2degrees, Slingshot or Orcon mobile networks. All mobile data charges for content hosted on these websites are automatically charged back to the Ministry of Health.

If you use one of those networks and receive a text from the Ministry of Health which contains a link, you do not need data (or none of your data will be used) to access the ministry's website and tools.

For more information and a list of all the websites with sponsored data see the Ministry of Health Sponsored Data webpage.

The initiative is currently funded to operate until the end of June 2022.