COVID-19 updates 21 April 2020

COVID-19 update

Yesterday the Prime Minister announced that the country will move from Alert Level 4 to Level 3 next Monday, 11.59pm. Until then, we are still in Level 4 so it\’s important that we all continue to stay at home. STAY HOME, SAVE LIVES! KIA KAHA WHANAU! 

There are still 28 cases in Northland, of which 11 have recovered, 17 are active with 1 currently in hospital. Nationally, there are 7 new confirmed and 2 probable cases of COVID-19. The total number is now 1,440, of which 123 are Māori. Including the person in Northland, there are 14 people in hospital with COVID-19, three are in ICU and two are in critical condition. 974 people have recovered. 3,081 tests were processed yesterday bringing the total to 86,305. 

Change to Alert Level 3 – 27 April

The national alert level 4 response to the Covid-19 coronavirus began at 11.59pm Wednesday, 25 March and is due to end at 11.59pm on Monday, 27 April.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced yesterday the level four lockdown would continue for a further five days beyond when it was originally expected to end.  After that however, New Zealand will enter level 3 for at least two weeks.

The alert level 3 response to the pandemic will mean lockdown restrictions being eased, but as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern emphasised this would still involve significant curtailment of normal activities for New Zealanders.

Alert Level 3 Information:

​Covid-19 alert level 3: What you need to know:

Key Messages:

Taitokerau Leaders Support A Precautionary Approach To Alert Level Transition

Te Kahu o Taonui which is a collective of Taitokerau Iwi Chairs and CEOs from Te Aupouri, Ngāti Kuri, Te Rarawa, Ngāti Kahu, Ngāi Takoto, Ngāpuhi, Kahukuraariki, Whangaroa, Ngāti Wai and Ngāti Whātua ki Kaipara have collectively acknowledged that the Government is looking to move from Alert Level 4 to Level 3.

Although, Te Kahu o Taonui understands the Crown will provide a national response with regional nuancing, we will be led by the wishes and needs of our people.

Click here to read full media release:

A beginner\’s guide to public health

The Covid-19 crisis has propelled the field of public health to the foreground. A few simple public health concepts could help keep us on track as we near one month in level four, writes Louise Thornley.

Click here to read her full article:

WDC offer hardship support on land rates during COVID-19

With rates invoices due out next week, Whangarei District Council are encouraging anyone experiencing financial hardship to get in touch. Many of our businesses and families are financially affected by COVID-19, and WDC will do our best to help where they can.

If you are struggling or unable to pay, please call WDC to talk about your options: 09 430 4200

This is part of the Whangarei District Council\’s 10-point Economic Recovery response as outlined here:  click here

Oakura marae COVID-19 response photos

Oakura marae have been busy over the last month ensure their whanau have enough kai and support to get through Lock down.  Click here to see their pictures:

Anzac Day ceremonies 

COVID-19 means ANZAC Day ceremonies will not be happening in public parks this year, but commemorations can still happen in your bubble.

​Here\’s how to #StandAtDawn one week from now on Saturday 25 April. This link includes details about public broadcasts, guidelines for participating safely, and a time-honoured recipe for ANZAC biccies.

Stand at Dawn

Takutai Moana engagement hui update

Pānui from Te Arawhiti
Libby Masterton
Director, Te Kāhui Takutai Moana

Click here to read full statement

Fight to keep Aotea/Great Barrier Island clean and green

Our whānau have been fighting for a long time now to keep Aotea/Great Barrier Island clean and green by fighting against toxic marine dumping in their waters.

Click here to see the full story on The Hui from the 2min mark:

Newshub article here

​Article in Te Tūkaiaia 24 Sept 2019

Water savings tips – We are still in a drought!

Are you doing Washing today? Having a shower? Doing the Dishes?

Why not collect some of the used water in a bucket to use outside to water the garden or to flush the loo – it\’s an easy habit to get into and will help
our dams fill back up.

Don\’t forget: we are now on Level 3 Water Restrictions, meaning you can\’t use a hose, sprinklers or irrigation systems.

Click Here to watch a video from Whangarei Mayor Sheryl Mai showing how it\’s done.

​For full details of the current Water Restrictions check out:  Click here

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