COVID-19 updates 28 May 2020

COVID-19 update

Yesterday for the 5th consecutive day there were no new cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand. Our total number of confirmed cases remains the same at 1154 and the total number of confirmed and probable cases is 1504. The total of recovered cases is now 1462 and there are just 21 remaining active cases of COVID-19. There is nobody in hospital with COVID-19, following the discharge of a person from Middlemore hospital. The total number of tests completed is now 267,435. The NZ COVID Tracer app has now recorded 422,000 registrations, an increase of 17,000 since yesterday.

On Friday at midday, the limit of people who can gather together will increase to 100. The new limit applies to gatherings at your home, like family reunions, and events outside of home and public venues – including church services, weddings, funerals and tangihanga.
From Friday, people of faith will be able to gather in their places of worship, cultural communities can join together, and couples can continue planning their special day.
When holding a gathering, play it safe — maintain hygiene standards and keep good contact tracing records.

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Ministry of Health website link: Ministry of Health website
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COVID-19: Āwhina app


​The Ministry of Health launched the Āwhina app, which helps health care workers keep up to date with information about COVID-19. If you work in the health and disability sector, you can download it for iOS and Android here.

Taiohi realities in Te Tai Tokerau during COVID-19


While some taiohi Māori in Te Tai Tokerau embraced the COVID-19 lockdown as a time to just breathe and take a break from the ‘rat race’, many other taiohi were in struggle mode. A view from one of Te Puni Kōkiri’s new rangatahi kaimahi, Shane Witehira who was raised in Rāwhiti of the impact of COVID-19 on rangatahi in Northland here on the TPK site

Food parcel demand in Northland remains at all-time high

Working in partnership, the Ministry of Social Development and Te Kahu o Taonui have delivered more than 10,000 care packages to over 7000 Northland households during alert levels two, three, and four. The demand for food packages supplied by the Salvation Army in Whangārei hit unprecedented levels with an increase of more than 600 per cent since the Covid-19 lockdown, excluding other services such as emergency welfare, addiction and housing support services. Read the article here: Food parcel demand in Northland remains at all-time high.


Handshake Alternatives

Stopping the handshakes, hugs, high fives and hongi is tough, but when you’re out and about the safest way to say hello is one without physical contact. Here’s a couple of alternatives

Whangarei Damn levels

This rain is great but look at this month\’s dam level compared to average, and the Whangarei District Council are advising we\’re going to need all the rain (and all the water-savings) we can get.

They say heavy rain means they can take water from river sources and let the dams fill at the same time. Even when it rains, saving water at home and at work helps the 2020 goal to #fillthedam!

​Collaborative effort helps whānau impacted by COVID-19

​Collaborative effort helps whānau impacted by COVID-19, iwi organisations have joined forces with Māori fishing companies Sealord and Moana New Zealand to help whānau in need in response to COVID-19. Read the article here.

Remote volunteer internships with JUCCCE

JUCCCE is a non-profit organization based in China, working to catalise society towards a future where personal and planetary health thrive. JUCCCE are looking for high schoolers and college students to apply for remote volunteer internships and be mentored while working to develop a course for youth on how to change the world, one person at a time. They are looking for articulate, inquisitive, joyful students who are hardworking and good interviewers with the ability to work from New Zealand. Apply here.



Tai Tokerau name kapa haka heading to Te Matatini


Te Tai Tokerau have named their Matatini representatives taking the stage next year. Hatea and Muriwhenua will be joined by Waerenga Te Kaha and Ngā Manu Mātui o Ngāpuhi, who will be taking the stage for the very first time at a national level. More here on Te Ao News –  Tai Tokerau name kapa haka heading to Te Matatini.

Almost $1 billion in interest-free loans given to small businesses

Almost $1 billion in interest-free loans for small businesses has been expended by the government for more than 55,000 businesses. Around 95% of loans have been approved with an average loan amount of $17,300. 88% of those seeking loans also got support from the Wage Subsidy. Revenue and Small Business Minister Stuart Nash says small and medium enterprises (SMEs) have reacted enthusiastically to the Small Business Cash flow Loan Scheme in its first fortnight of operation. Read the article here: Milestone in cash flow support to SMEs
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