Tēnā koutou te whānau whānui o Hokonui Rūnanga
During these strange and worrying times we hope you are all well.
We have a lot of information on our website to help you through these uncertain times. Take the time to look through our COVID-19 section.
Alert Level 2 - latest update
May 26 2020
The following has been taken from the Government’s COVID-19 website.
From 12.00 noon on Friday 29 May 2020, 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.
Cabinet will again review the settings of Alert Level 2 on 8 June 2020 and have agreed that no later than 22 June 2020, 4 weeks from today, they will consider a move to Alert Level 1.
As of Thursday 14 May 2020 Aotearoa is now at Alert Level 2.
Temporary limits on gathering numbers will be in place during the first phase of Alert Level 2.
Cabinet will review Alert Level 2 restrictions on Monday 25 May 2020.
Find out more about Alert Level 2 and what it means for you.
See our Education page for information about early learning, schools, and tertiary education during Alert Level 2.
See our Information for business owners for information about workplace and business operation under Alert Level 2.
Alert Level 3
As of Tuesday 28 April, Aotearoa has moved to Alert Level 3.
We stay at Alert Level 3 for 2 weeks, before Cabinet reviews how we are tracking and makes further decisions on 11 May 2020.
Free phone for questions about medicines
Run by Ngā Kaitiaki o Te Puna Rongoā o Aotearoa – the Māori Pharmacists Association (MPA) - this is a free phoneline for kaumātua and whānau.
Call 0800 664 688 with questions about your medicines and a Māori pharmacist will call you back within 24 hours.
Pātai (questions) may be things such as:
- How do I use my medicine?
- What is my medicine for?
- What are the common side effects and how can these be managed?
- Should I get the flu vaccine?
- Will my normal medicines be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic?
This is not an urgent service. Continue to call 111 in an emergency, or your normal doctor or Healthline (0800 611 116) if you are wanting prompt medical advice.
Free phone for assessment and COVID-19 testing
WellSouth Primary Health Network have a free phone number - 0800 VIRUS19 (0800 847 8719)
Not sure if you need to get tested? Ring 0800 VIRUS19 and you’ll be assessed over the phone.
If needed, you’ll go on to be tested at a Community Based Assessment Centre (CBAC), your own general practice or a designated practice, whichever is most appropriate and convenient.
Covid-19 Case Definition Criteria: (As of 14 April):
- Primary COVID-19 symptoms are a fever, sore throat, dry cough and/or trouble breathing.
- Other symptoms may include headache, body aches, nausea/diarrhoea, irritability/confusion not explained by a medical condition.
Latest data on new cases
See the latest case numbers on the Southern Health website.
The Government has launched a WhatsApp channel for people to find information about COVID-19.
See also the Government’s COVID19 website for:
Childcare providers for essential workers
Work and Income have a list of childcare providers who are available to deliver childcare in the homes of essential workers.
Note - this list is updated daily.
Keep in touch - questionnaire
Kia ora! Hokonui Rūnanga want to check-in with you, and see if we can help you and your whānau in any way through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Please fill out the questionnaire below and give as much information as you can. It’s important that you complete as many details, so that we can help you.
Please download the questionnaire to your computer and fill it out using Adobe Reader. You won’t be able to edit the document online.
Not sure how to fill out the form using a computer?
No problem - give us a ring and we’ll fill it out over the phone for you.
Phone: 03 208 7954 or 027 236 7655
Need help with your finances?
Good Shepherd NZ has repurposed their No Interest Loans (NILS) to provide quick financial relief for people impacted by COVID-19.
Find out more about No Interest Loans.
Keep warm this winter
Find out if you are eligible for the Winter Energy Payment - an extra payment to help with the cost of heating your home over the winter months.
If you are eligible - you don’t need to apply - you’ll get it automatically.
Although the influenza vaccination won’t protect whānau from COVID-19, it will help protect against a serious disease that kills hundreds of New Zealanders every winter.
Find out if you’re eligible for a free flu vaccination.
See our Frequently Asked Questions page for commonly asked questions.
Learn more about the COVID-19 virus and why it’s so important to wash our hands and keep surfaces clean.
PPE for Essential Workers
If you’re an essential worker, you’ll need to keep yourself safe during this time. You’ll also need to protect those in your ‘bubble’ when you return home.
There are now strict rules put in place during Alert Level 4 for when loved ones have passed away. These rules apply to everyone, every culture, every religion.
See the latest information from the Ministry of Health relating to Tangihanga - amended guidelines.
23 March 2020
Hokonui Rūnanga is closed to the public effective immediately due to the Government’s directive to activate Level 3 COVID19 Alert, and our concern for the community.
We will do our best to keep you informed of developments from the Rūnanga perspective.
Our aim will be to send brief updates (as we get them) several times a week. Remember the Rūnanga Facebook page is also a source of news.
If you have changed address or phone, please let the Office know so we can update our records.
The marae / rūnanga will be closed for all hui, meetings and gatherings until at least the end of April. We will be monitoring the situation and may well extend the closure beyond that date. You will be informed of any change to the closure of the marae.
While the marae is closed you can still contact the office in a few ways:
phone: 03 208 7954
Te Kakano Health Clinic
These have been cancelled until further notice.
We will update with more information on this service as we get it.
If you see Nadine regularly and need to talk to her please contact our office and well will give you a contact number.
Kaumatua Health Day
Our Kaumatua Health Day for April is cancelled.
We will assess the following ones closer to the time.
Our Social Services workers are putting in place a kaumatua contact plan for this Covid-19 period to ensure they have support with the essentials. We anticipate whānau will be active in support of their kaumatua but want to make sure no one is overlooked.
If you want to make sure you’re on the contact list or if you would like to volunteer to assist, please phone the Rūnanga Office and we’ll pass on your details.
Let us know if you prefer to be contacted using one of the following and let us know how to contact you: