COVID-19 updates 5 May 2020

COVID-19 update

Zero new cases of COVID-19 yesterday!!

Our united mahi is working whānau, but we cannot slacken off to let all this sacrifice we have made be for nothing.  We know from what is happening around the world that with out diligence and common sense, this virus can come back with vengeance.

Kia kaha tatou!

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 17 days now! 

There are still 228 cases in Waitematā of which 192 have recovered and 33 are active, 178 cases in Auckland of which 152 have recovered and 26 are active, 127 cases in Counties Manukau of which 112 have recovered and 15 are active. 

Nationally, there were no cases of COVID-19 either probable or confirmed. Although this is a great indication of eradication, Director-General of Health Dr Bloomfield understands that there is still lots of work to be done and we should not be complacent. The total number of COVID-19 cases is now 1,487, of which 126 are Māori. There are 7 people in the hospital with COVID-19. 1,276 people have recovered, which equates to around 86%. Details regarding our move to Alert Level 2 will be shared on Thursday. No decision has been made on moving out of Alert Level 3 at this stage. The Finance Minister will have more to say in his pre-Budget speech this Thursday, with the Budget to be announced in ten days. 

We are now at Alert Level 3. 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!

Business Tool Kit


​To operate in Alert 3, businesses need to do their part to keep everyone healthy and safe. We have prepared a toolkit of resources to help businesses operate safely — including posters, signs, and contact tracing templates:

World Hand Hygiene Day today


It is World Hand Hygiene Day today – SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands

Florence Nightingale pioneered the practice of washing hands 200 years ago. Still, it has taken a world halting pandemic in the 21st century to finally install in people\’s minds the importance of hand hygiene as the best means to protect us from viruses and infection.

With COVID-19 in our midst, the 20-second rule has become part of our regular dialogue. People who have never washed their hands before are scaling the shelves at supermarkets and pharmacies to clear them out of hand soap and sanitiser.

Today we can genuinely celebrate World Hand Hygiene Day because this simple five-step practice has been solely responsible for saving the lives of many thousands of people around the world this year from catching COVID-19.

Click here to read the full post from Northland District Health Board

International Day of the Midwife

Midwifes play such a huge role in the lives of wāhine and pēpē, and we thank and acknowledge them today and every day for their mahi.  Ngā mihi!

​Te Manawaroa o Ngati Hine

The whānau from Ngāithine have posted a reminder to anyone residing in Te Porowini o Ngati Hine who is experiencing difficulties or is maybe looking for some advice or assistance, help is available through Te Manawaroa o Ngati Hine, ph. 0800737573 or fill out the form by following the link

​Competition time – I Have a Dream


​I have a Dream are running \”The 19 second Bubble Challenge\” with over 30 prizes to be won!

They are inviting you to start creating your 19 second video or slideshow and email it through to them on

Check out the attached poster for all the details.

Law change proposed to Resource Management Act

The Government has announced a major element of its COVID-19 rebuild plan with a law change to the Resource Management Act. The change will support the fast tracking of eligible development and infrastructure projects to help get New Zealand moving again. Environment Minister David Parker said the sorts of projects that would benefit from quicker consenting included roading, walking and cycling, rail, housing, sediment removal from silted rivers and estuaries, new wetland construction, flood management works, and projects to prevent landfill erosion. More information here.
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