COVID-19 updates 7 May 2020

COVID-19 update

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

There are still 229 cases in Waitematā of which 196 have recovered and 30 are active, 178 cases in Auckland of which 155 have recovered and 23 are active, 127 cases in Counties Manukau of which 112 have recovered and 15 are active. 

Yesterday Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield sadly reported the death of a woman in her 60’s, who was a resident of Rosewood Resthome in Christchurch. Our thoughts and condolences are with her family and friends. Nationally, there is one confirmed case and one probable case of COVID-19 bringing the total number of COVID-19 cases to 1,488. Of that number 127 are Māori, which is an increase of 1.  For the past two days, there have been zero cases of COVID-19.  There are 2 people in the hospital with COVID-19. 1,316 people have recovered, which equates to around 88%. 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.

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!

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Ministry of Health website link: Ministry of Health website
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Free drop in clinic today

Our FREE Drop-in clinic at 22b Commerce Street, Whangarei is open today for childhood immunisations including MMR from 8.30am until 4pm – no appointment needed.

For more information go to

​Community Testing Centres and Iwi Mobile Clinics

From Monday, 4 May anyone wanting a COVID-19 swab – either asymptomatic or people who have symptoms, can be tested any one of the many different centres being lead alongside iwi Māori health providers. This is a way of seeking undetected cases as we move to the next phase of our response.

One of these has been the Te Hau Ora o Ngāpuhi drive-through community-based assessment centre. More than 850 people have so far visited an iwi-run Covid-19 station in Kaikohe with just over 300 swabbed for the virus.  Story here 

Click here for Community Testing Centres and Iwi Mobile Clinics opening times.

Quality Hotel Ocean Tutukaka – Open under Level 3 rules


Pānui from Oceans Tutukaka Conference Coordinator, Yani O\’Connell:

Kia ora,

I am the Conference Coordinator at Quality Hotel Oceans Tutukaka  – we are a small hotel located in Tutukaka owned by the Ngātiwai Trust Board.

We run with a very small team – Craig our General Manager, Tirikawa our Front Desk Manager and myself, along with two awesome receptionists and a housekeeping team.

We were closed during level 4 and have reopened during level 3 for qualified guests under Covid-19 rules.

However we are looking forward to offering all of our full services again in level 2.  We have some amazing conference facilities – for large and small groups – the perfect place to bring your team for a strategy planning session or a much deserved team bonding break if you have been working all the way through.

We were fortunate enough to acquire a smartboard recently which has built in video conferencing ability if you are needing a quite place to hold meetings.  

One of our differences is that we will tailor make a package for you rather than offer a standard package that may not suit every business.

Feel free to contact myself directly with any enquiries – 09470 2290

Reach out and talk to someone

When times are tough, it\’s normal to feel a bit worried, frustrated or overwhelmed. As we recover, going back to basics and focusing on the things we can control, can really help.
Need to talk?
Call or text 1737 or visit

Life at Level 2?

New Zealand could be moving down to level 2 as early as next Wednesday.
But how much more freedom will that give people?

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will reveal more details today but going to the gym, movies and restaurants already look set to be back on the cards, with some restrictions.

​Click here to read a view from the ODT Newspaper

COVID-19 financial support tool

The government has released a COVID-19 financial support tool to find out what financial help may be available to people. The tool will take you, step by step, through a series of questions to get more information on the help you can access, and where you can apply.​
The financial support tool is available here.

Community Checkpoints Are Protecting Vulnerable People from Covid-19


A petition supporting Community Checkpoints set up around the country to protect our most vulnerable taonga is gaining momentum with over 4,000 signatures.

​The petition is also in response to a petition from Lobby Group Hobson’s Pledge, calling for the end of iwi-led \”vigilante\” checkpoints.
Please sign the petition in support of these community checkpoints.
This can be found here.

More regions to receive digital hubs

New Zealand’s regions will be better connected through five new digital hubs being funded through the Provincial Growth Fund, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says. While we were staying in our bubbles at home, a great many of us used the internet to work, shop, pay bills, keep in touch with loved ones, and learn and these are important as we look to the future and how connected we need to be! 

Announcement here: More regions to receive digital hubs

Pick up your doggy do doos


Lockdown Alert Levels three and four has seen a lot more people out walking with their dogs.

But the Whangarei District Councils says \”Hey dog owners – time to clean up your act!\”

When you\’re out with pooch you have a responsibility to remove their leavings.

Health and Bylaws Manager, Reiner Mussle says Kensington Park seems to have been one of the worst areas in our District for leavings.

“Kensington Park is actually a dog restricted area because it is used by hundreds of children and adults for team sports each week. As we move into Alert Level 2 sports may resume, so it’s important that our sportsfields and parks are ready to use.”

​Mr Mussle says dog owners who don’t remove their dog’s faeces from public places and dispose of it appropriately may face a fine of $300.

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