COVID-19 updates 28 April 2020

COVID-19 update

There are still 28 cases in Northland, of which 17 have recovered and 11 are active.

There are still 222 cases in Waitematā of which 174 have recovered and 46 are active, 175 cases in Auckland of which 150 have recovered and 25 are active, 122 cases in Counties Manukau of which 102 have recovered and 20 are active. 

Nationally, there is 1 new confirmed case and 4 probable cases of COVID-19. All of these cases can be traced to a known source. Sadly, a woman in her 90’s has passed away in Auckland. This brings the total number of deaths from COVID-19 to 19 New Zealanders. Our sympathies and thoughts are with all the whanau and friends of those who have passed. The total number of COVID-19 cases is now 1,469, of which Māori make up 9%. There are 7 people in the hospital with COVID-19, one is in the ICU. 1,180 people have recovered, which equates to around 80%. The total number of testing now sits at 123,920. Capacity has now grown to process 8,000 tests a day – that’s resulted in one of the highest rates of testing per capita.

Ka mau te wehi whānau, we did it!

5 weeks of Lock down in Alert Level 4, something only two months ago we would have never imagined we would have to experience, but we did it and clearly we saved lives.

19 lives lost to COVID-19 is devastating, but from what we have seen around the world things could have been so much worse. Without our combined efforts, many more lives could have been lost.

But Alert Level 3 does not mean we out and start socialising, it simply means our economy can start to open again with strict restrictions.

Alert Level 3 does allow us to extended our bubble only slightly, to include those most vulnerable such as our kaumātua. Please check in on your kaumātua, and if needed, you can now included them in your bubble. But keep your bubble exclusive to your whānau!

Alert level 3 requires us now to use common sense and continue to apply what we learnt in Alert Level 4. Failure to do so could mean a new breakout of clusters, and nobody wants to go back to Alert Level 4 do we?

Lets keep on keeping on, and use common sense!

Alert Level 3

In what was the Prime Ministers’ last daily briefing yesterday as we move into Level 3, alongside Director General of Health, Dr Ashley Bloofield, she outlined the amazing feat we  have done as a country to get through the past five week.

We must still be vigilant and work hard to continue the success to eliminate the virus. “It cannot be a return to pre-Covid-19 life. That day will come but it is not here yet. To get there our team of five million needs to have zero tolerance for cases to complete our goal of eliminating the virus at Level 3.”

Please make yourself fully aware of the  Alert Level 3 information here.

Alert Level 3 guidance for Kaumātua


The official guidelines from the Government are that people over 70 and other higher-risk groups have the same rights as everyone else to go to work, to exercise and to access essential services like supermarkets and banks.

​While the basic rules under Alert Level 3 are the same for everybody, people over 70 and people with specific health conditions need to be especially careful.

We would suggest that where possible, that our kaumātua over 70 still remain at home were possible during Level 3 to ensure their safety until we can be more certain that this virus has been eliminated.  Please continue to provide support to your kaumātua during level 3 and beyond, they are our toanga and they must be protected.

Click below for more information:
Read the media release on the Beehive website(external link)
Alert Level 3 guidance for at-risk people

New funding to keep vulnerable whanau housed

New funding of $107.6 million will ensure those vulnerable people housed during COVID-19 will continue to be housed for the longer term, with 1600 units being funded. $31 million of the funding will provide wrap around services to support those people’s needs as announced by Housing Minister Megan Woods. View more information here.

Free access to new mental health services

The Minister of Health, David Clark announced the roll out of free mental health and addiction services to 1.5 million New Zealanders with 22 sites previously in operation and an additional investment of $40m to roll this out to over 100 new sites.

​Detials of the new funding can be found here.

Ngā Take O Te Wā:
Dr Tamara Birchall & Dr Mataroria Lyndon


​Ngātiwai whānaunga Dr Mataoria Lyndon and his colleague Dr Tamara Birchall have been working overtime for whānau and communities during COVID-19.

They provide some interesting insight and share their Maori view from their positions as Doctors

Click here to listen to heir korero



Even in Lock-down isolation we were able to still remember. Look at these beautiful moments shared at Tuparehuia (Bland Bay) on ANZAC day to maumahara our fallen tupuna that never came back from war.

We hope you all took a moment in a small way to pay tribute.

Ka maumahara tonu tātou ki a rātou,
We will remember them
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