COVID-19 updates 21 May 2020

COVID-19 update

There are no confirmed or probable COVID-19 cases today and therefore the total number of cases for Northland remains at 28. This brings the total number of cases 1,503 of which 1,447 have recovered, which equates to 96%. The total number of tests completed to date is 238,725. Gatherings are still limited to 10 people with tangihanga restricted to 50. The government will continue to review these restrictions every two weeks and lift them if it is safe to do so. The next review is on Monday, 25 May 2020. 

Coronavirus COVID-19 Public Dashboard for New Zealand
Ministry of Health website link: Ministry of Health website
Unite Against COVID-19 | New Zealand Government


The government has released their NZ COVID-19 tracer mobile app, which the Prime Minister has mentioned will be a ‘digital diary’, to track peoples movement if there is a COVID-19 outbreak. There are some initial concerns of personal accounts of people and monitoring of their whereabouts, but the Ministry of Health has advised that the information will only be stored for 31 days before being automatically deleted. You can download the app on your mobile at the Google or Apple stores or from here

Whai Ora, Whiti Ora Fund


​The Mental Health Foundation 
with support from the Ministry of Health, are taking applications for their Whai Ora, Whiti Ora Fund, that is designed to help you help them through for the next three months. The grant is up to $20,000 from a total pool of $200,000 and applications are open until 5pm, Thursday 28 May 2020. Apply here: Whai Ora, Whiti Ora Fund or for any questions you can email Gina Giordani at

​Criteria required for the applications:

  • Are led by a charitable organisation, or a community group backed by a charitable organisation.
  • Show how your project will tautoko/support, inform and keep tāngata whaiora/people with mental health and addictions challenges connected during COVID-19.
  • Show us how receiving the grant will sustain your mahi/work during COVID-19.
  • Describe how your mahi reaches and supports priority groups, if it does.
  • Include tāngata whaiora in your mahi.
  • Talk about how your mahi ties to and enhances other COVID-19 response services and information sources.
  • Describe how your mahi can reach tāngata whaiora and their whānau. 

Tikanga tested in Level 2

Tikanga has been tested for Māori around the country over the past 7 weeks of this COVID-19 world, nothing causing as much grief as practicing tangihanga. And although whānau Māori around the country understand the health ramifications and are supportive of eradicating COVID from our communities, it still hasn’t lessened the anguish and anxiety.

You can watch the Marae story here.

​Business advisory funding available


​​RUN is a registered service with the Regional Business Partner (RBP) Network, as part of the Covid-19 Business Advisory Fund. This means small and medium sized businesses may qualify for funding to help pay for some of our advisory services to support them through Covid-19 and beyond. Funding is only available through the RBP Growth Advisors. For more information you can visit

Should Te Matatini 2020 be postponed?

Te Matatini is asking senior kapa haka for their feedback on whether the national competition in Auckland next year should be postponed.The survey about the future of the competition follows the impact of COVID-19. Te Matatini\’s board will discuss the feedback at a hui next week. At this stage, Tainui, Waitaha, Aotea, Tamararo and Te Tai Tokerau are yet to hold their regional competitions before August 31 when qualification closes.
Teams can contact regional representatives here.

Watch the story on Te Ao news here

Calling for submissions

The Finance and Expenditure Committee is calling for public submissions on the Inquiry into the operation of the COVID-19 Public Health Response Act 2020. This inquiry is intended to scrutinise the legislation setting out the legal framework for COVID-19 alert level 2 that was passed under urgency and with backlash from Māoridom. The legislation requires that the bill be refreshed every 90 days, and the 27 July deadline for this inquiry is intended to coincide with the first of these refreshes. The deadline for written submissions on this inquiry is Saturday 28 June 2020. If submitters would like to make an oral submission, their submission must be received by Sunday 7 June 2020.
For further information please go to:
Inquiry into the operation of the COVID-19 Public Health Response Act 2020

Te Ao with Moana Maniapoto provides some overview about the Covid-19 Public Health Response Bill. Watch the story here.

Ngati Kuri


Last Ngāti Kuri closed down their 0800 number and will start winding down their services. The Mahi Aroha team for Ngāti Kuri send their love and thanks for supporting each other during COVID-19 lockdown.   

A message from Ngati Kuri 

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