COVID-19 updates 19 May 2020

COVID-19 update


There were no confirmed or probable COVID-19 cases yesterday and therefore the total number of cases for Northland remains at 28. This brings the total number of cases 1,499 of which 1,149 have recovered, which equates to 96%. The total number of tests completed to date is 230,718 with 2,570 lab tests yesterday. There were 350 level 2 reported breaches per day reported to Police, with 700 related to businesses and 250 to mass gatherings. 

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Play it safe in Alert Level 2

Here are some tips for going back to work in Level 2.

  1. COVID-19 is still out there. Play it safe.
  2.  All businesses can operate if they can do so safely. Alternative ways of working are still encouraged where possible.
  3. Talk with your workers to identify risks and ways to manage them. 
  4. Ask everyone, workers, contractors and customers, with cold or flu-like symptoms to stay away from your premises.
  5. Keep groups of customers at least 1 metre apart, or 2 metres for retail businesses.
  6. Keep contact tracing records of anyone who will have close interaction for example workers, contractors or customers. Retail businesses are not required to keep contact tracing records.
  7. Reduce the number of shared surfaces, and regularly disinfect them.
  8. Wash your hands. Wash your hands. Wash your hands.

Click here to read more about keeping safe at work

400 Koha Kete packs delivered around Whangarei

Like a well oiled machine, the teams distribution of 400 kite koha parcels out to kaumātua and whānau over Friday and Saturday last week.  It was a collaboration of Ngāti Wai Trust Board, Te Manawaroa o Ngāti Hine and Te Takiwā o Ngāpuhi ki Whangārei, with all the support work done by volunteers.

Donations of 300kgs of Mince from Affco, 500kgs of mixed veg from Talleys and a couple of crates Kiwi Fruit from Ngati Hine Forestry Trust were gratefully received, we mihi to these organisations for their support.

Kaumātua cooked koha kete packs included Spaghetti Bolognese, Macaroni cheese, Rice pudding plus other house hold staples to keep our kaumatua well nourished as the nights get a bit cooler.

Oakura Marae Trustee and Warehouse Team Leader Simon Mitchell said \”it really has been amazing collaborating with Ngati Hine and Ngapuhi. I have really enjoyed the whanaungatanga these past 6 weeks undertaking this kaupapa. Everyone has sacrificed their time and shared their talents and as a result our kaupapa has been successful. Now we look towards the future and the possible economic effects our people will face as a result of COVID-19. But instead of addressing this alone we now have stronger relationships with other iwi and hapu and will hopefully be able to address the future needs of our people together.

Ngatihine Forestry Trust CEO and Logistics Team Leader Huhana Lyndon said \”\’Mahi Tahi – hei painga mo te iwi\’ working together to support all our people is the common theme of our mahi over the past 2 days seeing 400 Kete Koha parcels delivered to our kaumātua and whānau in Whangarei. A collaboration between Ngātiwai Trust Board, Te Manawaroa o Ngāti Hine and Whangārei Takiwa – there was an overwhelming response from whānau and kaimahi coming together to help serve our people.\”

Yesterday Simon Mitchell and Huhana Lyndon prepared small Kete Koha from our iwi collaboration for Kohanga Reo in Whangarei.

The Kohanga Kete Koha included Kiwifruit donated by Ngati Hine Forestry Trust, UHT Milk from Frontera and some hygiene support.

A nice way to koha to our mokopuna as they start Kohanga this week

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Moe mai ra e Rangatira

Nā Te Rūnanga ā Iwi o Ngāpuhi tēnei reo

\”He rangatira kua riro, he tohunga waka kua riro, kua pōhara tātou. 

Nei rā te tangi kau ake o tō iwi ki a koe e te rangatira. Kua hoea e koe te whānui o te Moananui ā Kiwa, kua terea e koe te roa o ngā wai o tupua, o tūpuna, o rangatira. Ka kore rawa tō momo e kitea anōtia erangi ka maharatia koe ā haere ake nei. 

E te uri o Nukutawhiti, e te kaihautu, te kaiurungi  e haere koe i te haerenga i haere ai ō tūpuna. Haere i te au o te moana, i te roma i kauria ai e ō tūpuna. Haere i ngā kōrero a tō tūpuna e kīia nei e kore e Hokianga Nui mai. 

E kara, e Wiremu Wiremu, ko te aunga o moe ki a koe\”.

Northland iwi mourn esteemed kaumātua Wiremu Wiremu, one of Māoridom’s most respected and recognisable faces. An \’\’absolute icon\’\’ who mentored thousands of young Ngāpuhi was laid to rest at Korokota Urupā near Okaihau. 

More to be read here: Revered Northland kaumātua Wiremu Wiremu dies

​Te Ao News: 
Honouring a great leader – Wiremu Wiremu

Māori Party announce candidate for Te Tai Tokerau.


​The Māori Party is pleased to announce Mariameno Kapa-Kingi as our candidate for Te Tai Tokerau. \”Mariameno was born and bred in Te Whare Tapu o Ngāpuhi, and has dedicated years of her life working for the kaupapa to empower her people. She brings a fresh injection of life into Te Tai Tokerau for the Party,\” says Māori Party President, Che Wilson.

Read more here

Aotearoa 2020 Vision

Aotearoa 2020 Vision comes out of the report on Constitutional Transformation Matike Mai Aotearoa that Dr. Moana Jackson, Prof. Margaret Mutu and team completed in 2016 on behalf of the National Iwi Chairs Forum (NICF). The vision seeks to continue their conversations on constitutions. This campaign has been designed to create space for you to share in these discussions and to share your vision for a better future for New Zealand. You can follow their work each week as they post videos on the Aotearoa 2020 Vision Facebook page. If you would like to share your vision with them, there are three ways you can do it.

  • You can fill out our survey HERE
  • You can send in a written statement or creative artwork that depicts your vision to their team via  email –
  • You can send a 30-90 second video.  If sending a video be sure to film it in landscape/long ways (with your phone sideways), start with your name, where you are from and of course, your vision!
  • You can send video links via THIS app to email:

Whau Valley Dam is at 45%

Whangārei\’s main water dam will be shut down and users supplied through Hatea River, if inadequate rain falls during winter.

Alarming new aerial footage of the Whau Valley Dam shows exactly why water restrictions are in force.

It may be coming in to winter now, but this enormous dam will take many months of rain to fill up. We\’re asking everyone – please – to save water at home and at work. Help us fill the dam!

Click here to view footage

Warm, dray and secure accomodation for whanau

Through Budget 2020, the Government is investing  $40 million in a partnership with Māori to get more whānau into warm, dry and secure accommodation. The tailored housing outcomes for Māori will be on top of 8,000 extra homes announced in the budget. The funding will enable iwi and Māori housing providers to create solutions to the housing crisis.

Associate Minister for Housing (Māori Housing) Hon. Nanaia Mahuta announcement here. 
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