COVID-19 updates 26 May 2020

COVID-19 update

There are no new cases of COVID-19 to report yesterday. Combined total of confirmed and probable cases remains at 1,504. ⁣ There is no change to the number of recovered cases which remain at 1,456. This represents 97% of all confirmed and probable cases.⁣ There remains one person receiving hospital-level care for COVID-19; they are in Middlemore and are not in ICU. ⁣Yesterday, laboratories completed 2,163 tests, bringing the total number of tests completed to date to 261,315. We remain at Level 2, however no later than 22 June 2020 the country will move down to Alert Level 1. 

The Government has announced an increase to the number of people who can gather together at Alert Level 2. From 12 noon Friday 29 May, gatherings can be held with up to 100 people. The new limit applies to gatherings at your home, events outside of home and public venues – including church services, weddings and funerals and tangihanga.

When holding a gathering, play it safe – maintain hygiene standards and meet existing record-keeping requirements for contact tracing.

Community sports will also be able to operate easier, and sporting codes will be working on further guidance with Sport NZ.

Ngāti Whātua need our support

“Say No to the Dump in Dome Valley!” 
Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whātua have a pending environmental disaster with Auckland Council looking to transfer millions of tonnes of waste from the city into their local community that will impact their waterways and ultimately our pātaka kai – Kaipara Moana.

Ngāti Whātua is calling for tautoko across whānau, hapū, marae and Iwi for protection against ill considered resource consent activity by local government.

We have set up a national petition please whānau sign here:

We will continue to update whānau and provide submission guidelines and information here:

Watch the latest Te Karere interview here: 

Community Testing Centres and Iwi Mobile Clinics

Northland has done a great job of increasing swabbing over the last 3-4 weeks in order to support the Ministry of Health’s advice on the transition from Alert Level 4 to Level 2 and then Level 2 Alert.

Since the beginning of May more than 4,000 people have been tested for COVID-19 in Northland, and all of these tests have been negative. The last positive test for Northland was taken on 15 April.

From today, Monday 25 May, all testing done in Northland will be according to the Ministry of Health case definition which is:
Any acute respiratory infection with at least one of the following symptoms: cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, coryza (a head cold), anosmia (loss sense of smell) with or without fever.

Testing of people without symptoms of COVID-19 is not recommended by the Ministry of Health except in specific circumstances and as requested by a Medical Officer of Health.
Asymptomatic testing across Northland will stop today, this includes at Community Based Testing Centres and by Māori Health Providers.

This is because:
• the risk of COVID-19 in New Zealand is now very low
• there is no evidence of community transmission from the testing in recent weeks
• border restrictions remain in place
• Northland DHB and the public health team are equipped to respond quickly and thoroughly if new cases are detected
• Northland cases of covid19 and their close contacts cooperated fully with isolation and quarantine requirements.

This advice may change in the future if the situation changes.  It will remain very important for people with symptoms of COVID-19 to be tested.  With peoples movements being less restricted in Level 2, and with the beginning of winter, we expect there to be an increase in respiratory illness like colds, chest infections, and sore throats.  The only way to tell if these are caused by COVID-19 or another virus or bacteria is for people to be tested.

To find out where a testing centre is go to this website page –

Concerns govt lacks vision for Māori economy post Covi

​Before Covid-19, the Māori economy was worth more than $50 billion. But the pandemic has hurt many Māori businesses and now there are concerns that the government should have a plan to support them by now. More on this article 

New payment to support Kiwis through COVID

A new COVID Income Relief Payment is being introduced, alongside a wider work programme on possible future employment insurance as we rebuild our economy. The payment will be available for 12 weeks from 8 June for anyone who has lost their job due to the impact of COVID-19 since March 1. It will pay $490 a week to those who lost full-time work and $250 for part-time. The payment will not be taxed. Students who have lost part-time work as a result of COVID-19 may also be eligible for the part-time rate. You can check your eligibility here. Announcement here: New payment to support Kiwis through COVID

Ngāti Hine Release Marae Guidelines Toolkit

Ngatihine have released hui mate guidelines to support their hapū and marae to protect their whakapapa and community wellbeing in response to Covid-19.

Click here to read the Media Statement

A lifetime of anxiety and vigilance

New Zealand\’s Covid-19 restrictions continue to ease as case numbers dwindle. However, a life of anxiety and constant vigilance continues for the immune-compromised. Dallas Cherrington has been fighting off infections all his life. He has cystic fibrosis, lung and pancreatic disease. His story can be read here.

Samoan Language Week

​Celebrate Samoa Language week on Sunday, 24 May 2020 – Saturday, 30 May 2020. The theme for Samoa Language week is \’Tapena sou ōso mo lau malaga\’ which in English means \’Prepare yourself a gift for your travels\’.  Learn more about Samoa Language Week.

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