Tikanga Haumaru COVID-19 Pandemic Response Plan

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The Ministry of Health COVID-19 Website

We are at Alert Level 1

New Zealand moved to Alert Level 1 at 11:59pm on Monday 8 June.

Life at Alert Level 1

At Alert Level 1, everyone can return without restriction to work, school, sports and domestic travel, and you can get together with as many people as you want.

Border restrictions

Controls at the borders remain for those entering New Zealand, including health screening and testing for all arrivals, and mandatory 14 day managed quarantine or isolation.

Information on international travel

Stay healthy

As we unite to recover from the effects of COVID-19, it’s still important that we keep the basic hygiene measures, including washing your hands and coughing or sneezing into your elbow.

How to stay healthy

Keep track of where you’ve been

We should all continue to keep track of where we’ve been and who we’ve seen to assist with rapid contact tracing if it is required.

How to keep track of where you’ve been 

Businesses should help customers to keep track of where they’ve been by displaying the NZ COVID Tracer QR code poster.

Get the NZ COVID Tracer QR code poster

Financial support

If you are experiencing financial distress see our financial support page for useful information

Financial support information

The Golden Rules for everyone at Alert Level 1

  1. If you’re sick, stay home. Don’t go to work or school. Don’t socialise.
  2. If you have cold or flu symptoms call your doctor or Healthline and make sure you get tested.
  3. Wash your hands. Wash your hands. Wash your hands.
  4. Sneeze and cough into your elbow, and regularly disinfect shared surfaces.
  5. If you are told by health authorities to self-isolate you must do so immediately.
  6. If you’re concerned about your wellbeing or have underlying health conditions, work with your GP to understand how best to stay healthy.
  7. Keep track of where you’ve been and who you’ve seen to help contact tracing if needed. Use the NZ COVID Tracer app as a handy way of doing this.
  8. Businesses should help people keep track of their movements by displaying the Ministry of Health QR Code for contact tracing.
  9. Stay vigilant. There is still a global pandemic going on. People and businesses should be prepared to act fast to step up Alert Levels if we have to.
  10. People will have had different experiences over the last couple of months. Whatever you’re feeling — it’s okay. Be kind to others. Be kind to yourself.

Guidance for Health providers at level 1

Health care services are expected to return to normal operations under Alert level 1. Providers will undertake a routine COVID-19 risk assessment which includes asking whanau whether anyone in the house meets the COVID-19 suspect case definition.

Hora Te Pai

Hora Te Pai will continue to provide their clientele with Doctor triage –  all patients needing  a same day appointment will be placed on the Doctor triage for  a Doctor to ring. They will be providing Video and telephone appointments. 

Address: Kapiti Health Centre 35 Warrimoo Street, Paraparaumu 5032

HoursOpen ⋅ Closes 5PM

Phone: 04-902 7095

Alert Level One – Guidance for the Marae

These guidelines have been developed to clarify public health measures in order to assist and support marae to make their own decisions for the safety and wellbeing of their whānau, hapū, and iwi under Alert Level 1.  The guidelines provide a basis upon which iwi, hapū and whānau can decide how they might adapt their tikanga and kawa to manage these measures.

With the above in mind, we acknowledge that many iwi have already put together Covid-19 Response Plans for their hapū and marae. We therefore encourage marae to contact their tribal authority in the first instance.

We have eliminated COVID-19 in Aotearoa. This means marae can return to operating as normal. You can host hui, tangihanga, hura kōhatu, huringa tau, and other gatherings as per usual. Heoi anō, we must remain vigilant, kia mataara, COVID-19 is still a real threat, the global pandemic is still going on. Please maintain basic hygiene measures to ensure whānau stay safe and protected. Marae should also be prepared to step up Alert Levels if need be.

Marae are encouraged to contact their local Hauora or Māori Health Provider if they need assistance with Health and Safety aspects.

Similarly, if you or your whānau feel unwell, stay at home, and contact your GP or call one of two free Healthline numbers:

  • For COVID-19 specific enquiries, 0800 358 5453
  • For general health enquiries, 0800 611 116.

For marae, under Alert Level 1 there are no restrictions on gatherings.

Any gatherings at marae during Alert Level 1

  • Gatherings of all sizes are permitted at Alert Level 1
  • The general requirements for basic hygiene remain in place. Marae will need the appropriate facilities in place to ensure these requirements can be met.
  • If whānau are sick they should stay home to stay home.
  • If whānau have cold or flu symptoms, they should contact Healthline (0800 358 5453) GP or Māori Health Provider to get tested for COVID-19.
  • See the Ministry of Health website for updated and more information.

The following are not compulsory under Alert Level 1 however you may wish to consider these pātai as actions to protect your hapū and manuhiri, especially if you anticipate a high turn-out of guests:

  • Can you keep a record of attendance to enable health officials to do contact tracing if needed? 

An accurate record of attendees would include a person’s full name, an effective means of communicating with them (for example, an active phone number or email address) and the time at which the person arrived and left the event. These records should be held for two months.  

Marae can also help whānau keep track of their movements by displaying an official Ministry of Health QR Code for contact tracing. Whānau will be able to use the official NZ COVID Tracer App to scan the QR code which will then add the location of your marae to their ‘digital diary’. You can learn more about the official NZ COVID Tracer App here.

The Ministry of Health is offering a service to create QR code posters for all locations, including marae. The process is easy to follow and is outlined on the Ministry of Health website here.

Maintaining good hygiene practices

At Alert Level 1, maintaining good hygiene practices is important. Take care to reiterate the following key messages to whānau regularly:

  • If whānau are sick they should stay home

  • If whānau have cold or flu-like symptoms they need to call their health provider or Healthline and get tested

  • Washing your hands regularly with soap and then drying them well – this makes a big difference
  • Sneeze or cough into your elbow – not into the air – so you don’t spread the virus
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects (such as paepae, where kai is prepared and served, ablutions, and tables, chairs and door handles) before and after any gathering with disinfectant
  • Undertake a ‘deep clean’ of all marae facilities at the completion of each gathering.

Kai preparation and serving

Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects (such as where kai is prepared and served, tables, and chairs) before and after any gathering with disinfectant.

  • Remind whānau not to share drinks, cups, plates, cutlery or other items.

Alert Level 1 and tangihanga, hura kōhatu (unveilings) and kawe mate at marae

There are no restrictions on gatherings for marae.

See the Ministry of Health website for updates and more information

Looking after your health and that of your hapū, marae, and whānau

  • If you or your whānau are unwell for any reason (COVID-19 or other health issues) please contact your GP or Healthline as soon as possible, your health is important
  • Encourage unwell whānau to stay home (and not attend any gatherings), and to contact their GP or Healthline
  • There are two free Healthline numbers to call:
    • For COVID-19 specific enquiries, 0800 358 5453
    • For general health enquiries, 0800 611 116.
  • Marae should be prepared to act fast to step up Alert Levels if we need to.  To prepare for this marae should have a plan in place that details how they will operate and keep whānau safe during Alert Levels 4, 3 or 2.
    • Under Alert Level 4, marae will be closed.
    • Under Alert Level 3, marae may open but gatherings are restricted to 10 people.
    • Under Alert Level 2, marae may open but gatherings are restricted to 100 people.

Further information and updates will be sent to you as they become available. You can also keep an eye on the All of Government COVID-19 website: www.covid19.govt.nz

Haere ki mua ….