COVID-19 updates 4 May 2020

COVID-19 update

There are still 28 cases in Northland, of which 24 have recovered and 4 are active.

No new confirmed or probable cases in Northland for 16 days now! Hope all is going well in your bubbles and you are sticking to the Level 3 guidelines – this will help us move to Level 2 when the time is right.

There are still 228 cases in Waitematā of which 189 have recovered and 36 are active, 178 cases in Auckland of which 154 have recovered and 24 are active, 127 cases in Counties Manukau of which 112 have recovered and 15 are active. 

Nationally, there is 2 new confirmed case and no new probable case of COVID-19. All of these cases can be traced to a known source. The total number of COVID-19 cases is now 1,487.

There is one more week to go until the Government review Alert Level 3. There has been some concerning behaviour at the weekend which could have in impact if we come out of Level 3 or not.  Whanau are reminded that unless we are required to travel for work, School, exercise or gathering essentials, you should continue to STAY HOME and SAVE LIVES! KIA KAHA WHANAU!

Moving forward together


Te Kahu o Taonui, Te Tai Tokerau Iwi Collective, has played a vital role in supporting local whānau and communities during the COVID-19 crisis. Its ongoing influence will be critical as Northland enters the recovery phase.

​Te Kahu o Taonui COVID19 Iwi Lead Toa Faneva, who is also the Chief Executive of Te Rūnanga o Whaingaroa, says the threat of the pandemic “has solidified our collaboration”.

“It has shown us what we can achieve when we put our differences aside, activate our resources and ensure we’re at the table where all the key decisions are made.”

Read the full article from Te Puni Kokiri here

Ngatiwai Ki Tamaki

Ngatiwai Ki Tamaki Awhi Manaaki Team members spent the day battling the weather and supermarket ques to deliver the first of our whanau essential products for their pepi.

They would like to thank Protect Aotea, Great Barrier Island for supporting whanau & their pepi in Tamaki during this time.

Beware of Loan sharks!

The Government is fast-tracking measures to protect people in financial hardship from high-cost loans that trap them in debt, particularly through loan sharks. The improved protections include:

  • people borrowing from high-cost lenders will never have to pay back more than 100 per cent of the loan principal,
  • compound interest on high-cost loans will be banned, and
  • fees for defaulting payments will be limited to $30 (unless the lender can show that the higher amount reflects their costs).

Click here to read more.

Stay healthy

Make sure if you are feeling unwell that you still make contact with your GP or your pharmacy to manage any health issues you may be experiencing.  Please don\’t let COVID-19 keep you away from your doctor to deal with health issues.

​Mothers day in COVID-19

No matter if the mum in your life is near or far, you can still make her Sunday, 10 May, just as special with gestures, gifts and virtual catch-ups.

Here are a few sites that might help with a few gift ideas for your special mum:

InnoNative Economy – Rā Māmā gifts

Tukau Legacy Clothing

Tautoko – Te Tai Tokerau

Or you could try and make a handmade card, drop off some home made baking, send some flowers, or maybe a Netflix subscription lol?  What ever you choose to do, make sure you take the time to show the special wahine in your life how much they mean to you, even in these times!

Worst drought in 70 years


Northland\’s worst drought in more than 70 years is firmly \”locked in\” with up to 1 metre of rain needed by October to give the region any chance of avoiding another drought next summer.

​A drought was declared in Northland on February 11 and, since then, there has been below-average rainfall across the region. It\’s the sixth drought declared in Northland since 2009 and comes after two years of drier than normal conditions.

Click here to read Northern Advocate story

Whānau Ora Kōrero with Geoff Milner – CEO of Ngāti Hine Health Trust

John Tamihere talks with our Whānau Ora Collectives to see how they are progressing. This week he talks with Geoff Milner, CEO of Ngati Hine a Hineamaru to discuss how our Te Taitokerau Whānau Ora Collective have been supporting Whānau over the last few weeks.

Click here to view

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