Kia Haumaru Te Iwi – United against COVID-19

He aha te mea nui o te ao. He aroha ki te tangata, he aroha ki te tangata, he aroha ki te tangata.

What is the most important thing in the world? It is love of people, it is love of people, it is love of people!

The Ministry of Health COVID-19 Website

Aotearoa is currently at alert Level 4 and is on lockdown. We strongly advise whanau to abide by the health and safety guidelines directed by The Ministry of Health. The Ministry of Health have developed a comprehensive toolbox that include the latest updates, information and advice on COVID-19, please click here


There are currently have restrictions on who can enter New Zealand. Travellers who have arrived in New Zealand within the last 14 days are being asked to self-isolate.  See Self-isolation to find out more. You can register for self-isolation online.


Keep an eye out for these symptoms:

If you have been overseas within the last 14 days and develop a fever, cough or shortness of breath, call Healthline on 0800 358 5453. Referrals to the swabbing testing clinics are made through the COVID-19 Healthline. Alternatively, please contact your General practitioner. If you do not have a General Practitioner, please contact Hora Te Pai on 04-902 7095.

If you feel you are not coping, it is important to talk with a health professional. For support with grief, anxiety, distress or mental wellbeing, you can call or text 1737 – free, anytime, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – to talk with a trained counsellor. 


Swabbing Clinics

We have been informed that very few whanau māori are accessing the swabbing clinics. The clinics have been set up to test for COVID-19, results are followed up within 48hrs. The Swabbing Clinics in our rohe are open every day and during the weekends, between 1-5pm. See below

– (Outside) Wellington Emergency Department: Riddiford Street, Newtown, Wellington 6021
– Kenepuru Hospital: Raiha Street Kenepuru Porirua City.
– Kapiti Health Centre: Warrimoo Street Paraparaumu


Level 4 – Lockdown

Protect yourself and others to limit the potential spread of COVID-19 as per the MoH guidelines as follows:

Guidelines in conducting Tangihangā

We are hereby required to adhere to observe the Level 4 COVID-19 guidelines in conducting tangihanga. We are currently following a process to be able to inform whanau as to our iwi appointed kaiwhakarite. This role will liaise closely with whanau and authorities. Please click here to read the guidelines and to share with whanau and hāpu.

Staying at home – what it means

We need your support to protect New Zealand and eradicate COVID-19. Enforcement measures may be used to ensure everyone acts together, now.

  1. Everyone must now stay home, except those providing essential services.
  2. Only make physical contact with those that you live with.

Don’t worry, during this time, you will be able to access all the essentials you need, including medicine, food and other home supplies.

Food and shopping

  1. Supermarkets, dairies and pharmacies will remain open.
  2. When shopping, as much as possible send in only one family member at a time, practice physical distancing and hygiene rules while shopping.
  3. Dairies will operate a strict ‘one-in, one-out’ policy and they won’t be allowed to sell food prepared on the premises.
  4. Primary industries, including food and beverage production and processing, will still operate.
  5. Freight and courier drivers will continue to transport and deliver food.
  6. Grocery food deliveries – such as My Food Bag and Hello Fresh – are considered as essential and will continue as long as the food is not pre-cooked.
  7. Takeaway services will be closed.
  8. Liquor stores will close, unless within a licensing trust area and will operate with a strict ‘one-in, one-out’ policy. Wine and beer will continue to be sold at supermarkets.

Public spaces

  1. Places where the public congregate must close.
  2. All bars, restaurants, cafes, gyms, cinemas, pools, museums, libraries, playgrounds and any other place where the public congregate must close their face-to-face function.
  3. Playgrounds are classed as an area where people congregate and so are off-limits.
  4. People can exercise outdoors but must maintain a two metre distance from others.
  5. People are expected to stay local when leaving the home.


  1. Rubbish collection will continue. Check your local authority website for recycling.
  2. NZ Post will deliver mail and courier drivers will continue to make deliveries.
  3. Self-service laundries can stay open, as long as 2 metre physical distancing is enforced.
  4. Service stations will remain open and will be supplied.
  5. Public transport, regional air travel and ferries are mostly restricted to those involved in essential services and freight.
  6. Some public transport will be available for essential trips, such as to the supermarket or doctor, but options will be limited.
  7. Building and construction workers will carry on in cases where they’re needed to maintain human health or safety.

Recreation or exercise

  1. You can go for a walk, run, or bike ride. Exercise is good for people’s mental health.
  2. If you do, it must be solitary, or with those you live with.
  3. Keep a 2 metre distance.
  4. However, if you are unwell, do NOT go outside.
  5. DOC has closed all its campsites and huts.
  6. Do not go hunting or hiking, and especially not on overnight trips.

Interaction with others

  1. Staying at home is meant to reduce the transmission of the virus.
  2. For this to work, you are asked to only have contact with the people you live with.
  3. If you want to talk to a friend, call or video chat with them.
  4. If you want to talk to a neighbour, do it over the fence.
  5. Please note that children CAN travel between the homes of separated parents so as long as they live in the same town/city.
  6. Feel free to drop off groceries to others e.g. a grandma, but keep a 2 metre distance for her safety.

If you are unable to find what you need, and are not sure who to contact for help, call the free government helpline on 0800 779 997 (8am–1am, 7 days a week) or on 0800 22 66 57 (9am-5pm, Monday-Friday).

Haere ki mua ….