COVID-19 updates 18 April 2020

COVID-19 udpate

There are still 26 cases in Northland, of which 9 have recovered. Sadly we send aroha to the families of the two people who have passed away today. A man in his 90’s in Waikato and a woman in her 80’s in Christchurch. Today there are 2 new confirmed and 6 probable cases of COVID-19. The total number is now 1,409, of which 120 are Māori. There are 14 people in hospital with COVID-19, three are in ICU and two are in critical condition. 816 people have recovered. 4,241 tests were processed overnight bringing the total to 74,401. District Health Boards are working with their teams to increase testing capacity, including mobile testing in some places. 

A reminder to please remember we are still in Level 4 so it\’s important that we all continue to stay at home. On Monday we may find out if we will be moving from our current Level 4 lives. Until then…….


Thanks to the AMAZING koha from the team from NEAT MEAT

Its been another huge couple of days for our kai mahi who have been doing the yards to help support our kaumātua and vulnerable whānau who are needing some assistance.

​Thanks to the AMAZING koha from the team from NEAT MEAT, our kai mahi have been busy the last two days sorting out a TON of pork (literally) to be distributed to the 14 marae of Ngātiwai for its uri.

Click here to view pictures of the last few days!

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Staying home saves lives

Finance Minister Grant Robertson continues to reiterate that staying home will save lives now and going into Level 3. He notes that the Treasury scenarios released earlier this week also reflected that a little longer spent at Level 4 or Level 3 was ultimately better for the economy than an early exit and a potential return to lockdown later on. 

The detailed Alert Level 3 Chart is attached here

Māori health workers target greater Covid-19 testing in Northland

A partnership between Northern Region DHBs and Māori health providers including Te Whānau O Waipareira, Te Whare Tiaki Trust, Ōrākei Health and Ngāti Hine Health Trust will be deploying 120 Māori community health workers. The health professionals will be deployed in Northland and Auckland in an effort to ramp up testing and support for whānau.
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Not enough Māori tested for COVID-19 says researcher

Māori are not being tested enough for COVID-19 according to independent researcher Dr Rawiri Taonui. Taonui’s report confirms concerns of under testing, expressed by Maori and Pacific health leaders and community workers.

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Stand at Dawn – Anzac day

ANZAC DAY is nearly here. . . . and, for the first time in history, Anzac Day Services across New Zealand have been cancelled due to COVID-19. The RSA and New Zealand Defense Force would like you to join online to remember those who gave their lives for our country. This is a time to pay respect and acknowledge the many thousands of our military people who are serving or have served, who are called upon to support New Zealand in times of war, conflict and disasters. Join online at 6:00 am on Saturday 25 April. Also there are several different activities that tamariki can participate in here:
Stand At Dawn

Food insecurity for Māori is getting worse. Here are some ways we can all help

Access to healthy food is a big issue for Māori whānau during the Covid-19 crisis. Dr Geoff Kira (Ngāpuhi), a public health senior lecturer at Massey University’s School of Health Sciences, says Māori need Māori solutions at times like this, and he has some suggestions.

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Council announces Whangarei Economic Recovery Response

Whangarei Mayor Sheryl Mai says \”Councillors, Council staff and I have received many questions from the public regarding help for our communities and businesses during and following the Covid-19 lockdown period.\”

Click here to read the initiatives in WDC response

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