COVID-19 updates 4 June 2020

COVID-19 update

Yesterday for the twelfth consecutive day, there are no new cases of COVID-19 to report in New Zealand.⁣ The total number of confirmed cases remains at 1,154. There are no additional deaths to report.⁣ There is no one in New Zealand receiving hospital-level care for COVID-19.⁣ The total number of tests completed to date is 283,5252.⁣  Dr Ashley Bloomfield advised yesterday that the focus remains going into winter, to ensure those with respiratory symptoms are tested for Covid-19.  He urges anyone with respiratory symptoms to see their GP or contact the healthline for assistance to organise a test if required.

Yesterday PM Jacinda Adern announced the Alert Level 1 Rules. Alert Level 1 sees everyone being able to return without restriction to work, school, sports and domestic travel, and you can get together with as many people as you want. Controls at the borders remain for those entering New Zealand, including health screening and testing for all arrivals, and mandatory 14-day managed quarantine or isolation.

Jacinda emphasised that it is still important that we keep the basic hygiene measures that worked so well through higher Alert Levels going. These include washing your hands and coughing or sneezing into your elbow.

The cabinet will decide on Monday 8 June whether and when to move to Alert Level 1. 
Until then, Alert Level 2 measures apply.

Coronavirus COVID-19 Public Dashboard for New Zealand
Ministry of Health website link: Ministry of Health website
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Hauora and wellbeing webinar

Ministry of Education NZ are holding a \’Hauora and wellbeing\’ webinar. 

This is part 2 of their ‘Hauora and wellbeing’ webinar series where they explore collective thinking & understanding about transitioning back to school with a focus on diverse perspectives of hauora & wellbeing.

You can view this webinar TODAY Thurs 4 June 4–5pm via this link
In part 1 of the ‘Hauora and wellbeing’ series you will hear Melinda Webber nō Ngāti Kahu, discuss the importance of choosing to ‘whakamana the communities of our tamariki when they return to school.’

To watch part 1 of the webinar series click here

Northland DHB COVID-19 Hotline 0800 600 720

Northland DHB COVID-19 Hotline 0800 600 720
People can call this number to get their COVID-1919 test results if they have not been notified of their results AFTER 5 DAYS.

The 800 line is open 8am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.
This is not a health advice hotline.
For any health advice call Healthline 0800 611 116 or 111 in an emergency.
The COVID-19 Hotline is strictly for COVID-19 test results and information on testing centre locations/times only.

Click here  for location and centre times.

Alert Level 2 Guidance for Marae

The Government has released Alert Level 2 guidance for marae and these documents are available from The documents are downloadable files of a set of posters which Marae can use to support key messages from the guidance. Printed copies of these posters will be distributed to marae via Te Puni Kōkiri regional offices early next week.

Auckland Council is failing to consider Māori views on dumping at sea

Great Barrier iwi Ngāti Rehua Ngātiwai ki Aotea spokesperson Kelly Klink  spoke on radio Waatea yesterday and said Auckland Council is failing to consider Māori views on dumping at sea.

Spokesperson Kelly Klink says iwi and hapū are furious at a decision to strike out their objections to plans to dump more than 3 million of cubic metres of sediment into the sea between Aotea and the Coromandel Peninsula.

A council officer said their submission and more than 100 others did not need to be considered because the consent process was about the dredging from Auckland Harbour, not where it was dumped.

Ms Klink says that\’s not how iwi sees it.

\”Iwi need to be heard in these sort of cases and to understand the Moana binds all iwi together. We all have a part within it, and if you dump in one area, the Moana is going to be affected throughout,\” she says.

Click here to listen to Kelly\’s full interview with Dale Husband on Radio Waatea

Warmer kiwi homes grant

The air is getting cooler, winter is on it’s way.

Find out if you’re eligible for a home heating & insulation subsidy.

Warmer Kiwi Homes grants cover both:

  • 90% of the cost of ceiling and underfloor insulation. In some areas, generous funding from community organisations means the cost to the homeowner is even lower for insulation.
  • 90% of the cost of a heat pump or efficient wood or pellet burner for the main living area. Grants for heaters are capped at $3000 (including GST). 

Find out more here.

Temporary changes to NCEA and University Entrance

Further temporary changes to NCEA and University Entrance (UE) will support senior secondary school students whose teaching and learning have been disrupted by COVID-19.

‘COVID-19 has created massive disruption to the school system, and the Government is moving to ensure students will not be penalised, while preserving the integrity of our national qualification,” Education Minister Chris Hipkins said.

For each 5 credits a student attains towards their NCEA, they will be entitled to an additional 1 Learning Recognition credit, up to a maximum of 10 additional credits for students undertaking NCEA Level 1, or up to a maximum of 8 additional credits for students at NCEA Levels 2 or 3.

Read more here

Far North leaders are teaming up with Police to fight family violence

Whiria te Muka, the police/Te Hiku Iwi Development Trust partnership that works to reduce and prevent family violence and uplift mana tangata in Te Hiku ō Te Ika.
Te Rūnanga o Te Rarawa chair Haami Piripi says this new approach was created because the old ways weren\’t working. 

It’s a new response to the issue of violence in the family.

“We’re intent on eradicating violence from our homes,\” he says.
Click here for more

Te Pūtahi

Te Hiku Media Te Putahi series. A weekly show sharing a Māori perspective on science research & making it useful for haukāinga. This week Te Hiku Media talk to Dr Tahu Kukutai & Keoni Mahelona about data governance & sovereignty. This discussion focuses on distinctions between data, the risks around platforms, management, development, international collaboration & some legal issues. 

In collaboration with Science Media Centre (NZ) & Ignite Studios
STREAMING LIVE ON 97.1FM or or you can catch up on all episodes On-Demand at

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