COVID-19 updates 11 May 2020

COVID-19 update

There are still 28 cases in Northland, of which 27 have recovered and 1 are active.

There are still 233 cases in Waitematā of which 203 have recovered and 27 are active, 178 cases in Auckland of which 162 have recovered and 16 are active, 128 cases in Counties Manukau of which 118 have recovered and 10 are active. 

Today there will be no live update at 1pm today, instead the latest numbers will be updated from the Ministry of Health.

The Government will make an announcement on alert levels at 4pm.

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What will Alert Level 2 Look like?


The government has announced what Alert Level 2 will look like and the freedoms that we can look forward to. However, there is still some important work that we must continue to do and be mindful of, including the importance of continuing our social distancing and maintaining good hygiene practices. These are important messages we will continue to reiterate through this period.

For more information please read: Alert Level 2 | Unite against COVID-19

​Prime Ministers’ announcement can be read here: Alert Level 2 restrictions announced but they outline the following:

  • Businesses can restart for staff and customers
  • Bubbles can cease
  • Domestic travel recommences 
  • Schools and early learning centres can open
  • Gatherings both indoors and outdoors are limited to 100 people
  • Public places reopen
  • Sport and recreation comes back on-stream, including professional sports competitions
  • Home gatherings must be kept small
  • Hospitality must follow the three S’s – seated, separated, single-server

​However we are still in 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!

Isolation not Isolated

The Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand recently teamed up with All Right? to launch Getting Through Together – Whāia E Tātou Te Pae Tawhiti, a national wellbeing campaign in response to Covid-19.

The three core messages: Distance, not distant. Isolation, not isolated. Aroha from afar. Whāia E Tātou Te Pae Tawhiti: working together, as a nation, to pursue our future.

Click here to view the resources available

Iwi working together for their whanau

Te Kahu o Taonui continue to work to the beat of the drum of their whānau.

The outstanding work done by iwi has seen $400,000 worth of support for 4,180 homes in Te Tai Tokerau. As well as 50,000 litres of water and 6,000 food parcels iwi are finding themselves closer to their whanau than they have been before. The challenge might be how to continue this collaborative work and leveraging to fill the gaps that are glaringly obvious for Māori.

More on this story: Taitokerau iwi support whānau across North Island

​Concern over change in RMA fast-tracking

Federation of Māori Authorities Chair Traci Houpapa has spoken out about the proposed Resource Management Act law change.

​The fast-track consenting process  could lead to both the obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi and the welfare of communities being overlooked. A cause for concern for iwi Māori to continue to be represented as a treaty partner during this process. Traci notes that FOMA have ‘petitioned and advocated that Māori are at the decision-making table for all of these conversations; the days of iwi Māori being an advisory group and secondary to decision-making are over’.
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​Budget 2020

Later this week Minister of Finance Grant Robinson will be presenting his Budget 2020 and outlining the government\’s priorities going forward in this new COVID space. In his pre-Budget announcement speech delivered to the business sector the Minister outlined some of what we might expect. The Budget mantra ‘respond, recover and rebuild’ speaks much to the government’s current responses to the economy and business. What that means for Māori is yet to be seen but the government has made it clear that iwi will feature heavily in our road to recovery.

Read more: Responding, Recovering and Rebuilding
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