COVID-19 support for Māori

COVID-19 support for Māori

E ngā mana, E ngā reo, E ngā karangatanga maha, nau mai, whakatau mai rā.

Whakatauki

He waka eke noa – We are all in this together, as one whānau ā ngā hau e whā and we are not alone.

Tenei whārangi ipurangi


Tēnā koutou. This page has been set up to help our Māori whānau in the battle against the spread of COVID-19 and to provide support during this time.

It is important for us to remember that as a people tangata Māori have had to endure attacks upon our wellbeing many times, and we have endured, and even grown stronger in many ways. We have proven many times that we are a very resilient people.

It is, however, normal to feel worried and out of sorts sometimes, and help and support is there if you need it.

Now that we’re at Alert Level 1 life returns to being close to normal. Most restrictions have been lifted. You can:

  • do what you like and go wherever you like
  • return to work, school, church, sport and travelling around New Zealand without any restrictions
  • get together with as many people as you want.

However, our borders remain closed to everyone but New Zealand citizens returning home. Anyone entering the country will go into managed isolation or quarantine for 14 days.

Keep track

Keep a record of where you have been and who you’ve seen. This will help with rapid contact tracing if it is required.

You can download the NZ Covid Tracer app or simply make a note of where you’ve been.

Safety tips for Alert Level 1

Remember:

  • If you’re sick, stay home.
  • Wash your hands regularly.
  • Sneeze or cough into your elbow.

If you have symptoms of cold or flu call Healthline (for free) on 0800 358 5453 or your doctor.

If you have:

  • any COVID-19 symptoms
  • been in close contact with a confirmed or probable case
  • recently arrived from overseas
  • been in contact with someone who has travelled overseas eg, Customs and Immigration staff, staff at quarantine/isolation facilities
  • worked on an international aircraft or ship
  • cleaned at an international airport or maritime port in areas visited by international arrivals

you should get assessed for COVID-19. To discuss getting an assessment call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 or your doctor.

Visit the Ministry of Health’s website for more information about COVID-19 assessment and testing.

Keeping the four walls strong in your whare


One model for understanding Māori health is the concept of ‘te whare tapa whā’ – the four walls of Māori health. The symbol of the wharenui illustrates the four dimensions of Māori well-being – mental, social, spiritual and physical. If one of those walls is weak or damaged, then a person may become ‘unbalanced’ and subsequently unwell.

By nurturing and strengthening each wall in our whare, we support our health and wellbeing, as well as well as the health and wellbeing of our whānau.

Here are a few suggested ways we can look after ourselves and others during this time:

  • You’re helping! Keep doing your part to help protect your community.
  • It’s important to stay connected with friends, whānau and others.
  • Staying connected means you can help each other, look out for each other’s wellbeing or just be there for each other
  • You may have experienced hard times before. You could think about the strengths that got you through these and how they could be applied at this time.
  • Eat healthy food and drinks and keep regular sleep routines.
  • Stay active. Do activities that you enjoy and find relaxing. This could be exercising, building something, singing, gardening, cooking.
  • If you think karakia could help you, Te Pīhopatanga o Te Taitokerau is live at 8am each morning on Facebook. If you can’t get to church in person the Anglican Diocese of Auckland has a list of services that are available online.
  • Regional or local marae might be able to help you with things like connecting with others and kai packs as well as information about social services.

Ngā kaiāwhina / People who can help


Many organisations and people in your community realise it is a difficult time right now. These services are free and easy to access, for you and your whānau, and they include many kaupapa Māori organisations:

In addition to the above, if you, or your whānau require any health services, these are still available as well.

  • Health and medical facilities are open. This includes healthcare services, such as Healthline, your local doctor, cancer services, disability, and aged support services.
  • The way these services operate might change, for example, your GP might offer a phone or video conference consultation rather than see you in person, so give them a call or send them an email first.
  • Contact one of the organisations at the end of this page as they have specific advice and clinicians on hand to provide advice or point you in the right direction.
  • If you are severely unwell, for example having trouble breathing, contact emergency services (dial 111).
  • If you’re feeling down or depressed let someone you trust know. Don’t keep these feelings to yourself. There are people who can and want to help. If you want to talk to a professional a good start may be your doctor, or you can call the Depression Helpline about how you are feeling or to ask a question: 0800 111 757 or text 4202.

If you have symptoms of cold or flu call Healthline (for free) on 0800 358 5453 or your doctor.

If you have:

  • any COVID-19 symptoms
  • been in close contact with a confirmed or probable case
  • recently arrived from overseas
  • been in contact with someone who has travelled overseas eg, Customs and Immigration staff, staff at quarantine/isolation facilities
  • worked on an international aircraft or ship
  • cleaned at an international airport or maritime port in areas visited by international arrivals

you should get assessed for COVID-19. To discuss getting an assessment call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 or your doctor.

Visit the Ministry of Health’s website for more information about COVID-19 assessment and testing.

Pūtea / Financial


There are many people and whānau currently experiencing financial hardship because of job losses or a drop in income. This is unsettling and worrying. But, the Government is acting to support New Zealanders through these changes, and there is help and support available. This includes:

  • a wage subsidy scheme 
  • leave and income relief support 
  • business cash flow and tax measures. 

If you receive a benefit, this will continue, as usual. Find out more about COVID-19 support, including how to apply on the Work and Income website.

Whakatau. Whakamana. Whakakotahi.


E hara taku toa i te toa takitahi

He toa takitini

My strength is not mine alone

But the strength of many

Remember that you and your whānau are not alone at these times, and there are many other people and whānau out there in similar situations. There are people and organisations out there wanting to help if you need it. Also, remember that as Māori we know how to be strong and resilient. Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou, nāku noa, na.

Long-term health conditions


If you have a long-term health condition you may be more vulnerable to the effects of COVID-19. Stay informed with up-to-date, relevant and credible information from our partners.

Download the NZ COVID Tracer app


Download available here: https://tracing.covid19.govt.nz

The quicker we can contact people who might have come into contact with COVID-19, the quicker we can stop the spread of the virus.

Here’s how you can help support contact tracing

  • Sign up today
  • Share your up-to-date contact information
  • Scan NZ COVID Tracer posters to keep track of where you’ve been
  • Ask your whānau, friends and workmates to join in

Don't have a smartphone?

You can still register online to share your latest contact information.

For more information, head to https://tracing.covid19.govt.nz

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