COVID-19 updates 12 May 2020

COVID-19 update

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

There are still 234 cases in Waitematā of which 208 have recovered and 23 are active, 179 cases in Auckland of which 166 have recovered and 13 are active, 127 cases in Counties Manukau of which 121 have recovered and 6 are active. 

Nationally, there were two confirmed cases yesterday and three confirmed cases, bringing the total number of COVID-19 cases to 1,497. Of that number 126 are Māori, which is 8% of the total. There are 2 people in the hospital with COVID-19. 1,386 people have recovered, which equates to around 93%. 

Yesterday, it was announced that when we wake up on Thursday morning we will be in staged move to Alert Level 2 over the next two weeks. 

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Managed move to Alert Level 2 confirmed

The Prime Minister and Cabinet have decided that the country will move from Level 3 to Level 2 on Thursday, 14 May.

​Our numbers of COVID-19 cases have remained low. The Government will look at lifting these restrictions in two weeks. Level 2 means that on Thursday:

  •  Retail, malls, cafes, restaurants, cinemas, and other public spaces like playgrounds and gyms can reopen;
  • You will begin to be able to move around New Zealand but please space yourself out;
  •  From Monday 18 May, schools will reopen to students;
  • On Thursday 21 May, bars and pubs will be able to open with all requirements set out last week, including maintaining physical distancing;
  • There is a limit to our social gatherings for now. Parties, big social events, or anything designed for big celebrations will need to be limited to 10 people for now;
  • If you want to head to a restaurant or bar they can’t take bookings of more than 10 people;
  • Travel will be allowed again.

Prime Minister\’s Level 2 announcement

Jacinda Ardern\’s golden rules of alert level 2

Our Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern outlined six \”golden rules\” which Kiwis should follow under level 2 to help stop the spread of the virus.Keep your distance from other people when you are out in public, including on transport

  • PLAY IT SAFE – COVID-19 is still out there.
  • If you\’re sick, stay home. Don\’t go to work or school. Don\’t socialise
  • If you have symptoms of cold or flu call your doctor or Healthline immediately and get tested
  • Wash your hands. Wash your hands. Wash your hands. Do it properly
  • Don\’t get together socially or mix and mingle with more than 10 people at once
  • Keep a track of where you\’ve been and who you\’ve seen

If you missed the update on the next steps for shifting alert levels here in New Zealand – join Jacinda here for a shorter version of today’s press conference!

International Nurses Day – Nga mihi koutou katoa!!

Our nurses area AMAZING – and today we celebrate them on International Nurses day.  

Over the past two months (and longer actually) nurses have been going to work everyday as essential workers during a global pandemic, knowing they could potentially be exposed to the virus.  But day in and day out they have continued to go work, some isolated from their families, all for the support of all New Zealanders during these unprecedented times.

International Nurses’ Day is celebrated around the world every 12 May, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, a celebrated English social reformer and statistician, and the founder of modern nursing.

We encourage EVERYONE celebrate the very important role nurses play in our community.


COVID testing and Flu Immunisation
               – Russell, Whakapara and Pipiwai this week

Northland kapa haka keen to hit the stage in Alert Level 2

Northland kapa haka are eager to get back into competition mode as the country moves to Alert Level 2.

The Tai Tokerau regional haka competition was one of many postponed events due to COVID-19.

Click here to watch this story on Te Ao News

PGF funding to improve Māori land

The Provincial Growth Fund is providing more than $1.5 million to two Whenua Māori farming operations in Northland so under-utilised land can be restored to higher productivity and profitability.

According to Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones, Tapuaetahi Incorporation will receive $858,034 for remedial work and improvements to its 620ha of amalgamated land blocks and Okaroro Incorporation’s Whenua Whakatupuranga Project will receive $658,000.

The funding announced yesterday comes on top of $6.4 million Northland landowners have already received through the Whenua Māori fund.

​Announcement can be found here: PGF funding to improve Māori land

Support for the Art Sector


Creative NZ now have funding support available as part of their Emergency Response Package in response to the arts sector heavily impacted by COVID-19.

​Creative NZ will be holding online hui sessions for whanau to stop in and ask questions around the access to these grants. You can seek more information about attending the sessions here.

The Future of Tourism in Aotearoa


What is the future of tourism in Aotearoa and what plans are in place to protect our Māori enterprises? 

Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis provides more detail around what the sector might look like now that international tourism has ceased for at least the remainder of the year. The Minister is optimistic that New Zealanders can fill those markets now empty by international travellers. 

Click here to view Kelvin\’s korero on Marae 

Youth week 2020

Youth Week 2020 starts today! 

This year, Ara Taiohi – Peak Body for Youth Development are amplifying youth voices through the theme decided by young people \”E korero ana mātou. We’re speaking. E whakarongo ana koutou? Are you listening?\”

​More than ever Aotearoa needs the voices of young people, their innovation and creativity, to lead us into the future. Click here to find out how you can get involved.


A reminder that the Voting extension for the election of Trustee for Ngunguru closes TOMORROW Wednesday 13 M
ay 2020 5pm.

Please ensure you contact the details below to ensure your vote is submitted ASAP.
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