Pasifika and COVID-19

COVID-19 support for Pasifika

Tālofa lava, Bula vinaka, fakaalofa lahi atu, fakatalofa atu, kia orana, ko na mauri, malo e lelei, mālō nī, noa’ia, tēnā koutou katoa and warm Pacific greetings.

Proverb

E vave taunu’u le malaga pe tātou alo va’a fa’atasi – our destiny is within sight when we paddle our canoe together – Samoan proverb

Current state


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.

Wellbeing


For some, you may decide that you want to remain at home and that’s okay – it’s normal to feel this way. There are ways to practice physical distancing while still keeping our social and family connections strong. You could consider the following:

  • Set up a family Facebook page.
  • Live stream your family Sunday lunch.
  • Live stream a family lotu/prayer once a week.
  • Learn more about your cultural roots, villages and family history.
  • Eat healthy food and drinks and keep regular sleep routines.
  • Remain active – get creative with the physical activities you can do at home.
  • Do activities that you enjoy and find relaxing. This could be exercising in your living room, building something, singing, gardening, cooking.

If there is tension at home, Le Va have some great tips to help.

If you are struggling to cope, and feel anxious or down. Please 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 you can call the Depression Helpline about how you are feeling or to ask a question: 0800 111 757 or text 4202.

Financial help


There are many people experiencing financial hardship, job loss or drop in income. This is unsettling and worrying. The Government is acting to support us all through these changes, and there is help and support available. This includes:

  • a wage subsidy scheme 
  • leave and self-isolation support 
  • business cash flow and tax measures. 
  • If you receive a benefit, this will continue, as usual.

Find out more information about COVID-19 support, including how to apply on the Work and Income website.

Healthcare access


All Health and medical facilities are open.

This includes healthcare services, such as Healthline, GPs, cancer services, disability and aged support service.

If you are severely unwell, for example having trouble breathing, contact emergency services (dial 111).

Where to find help


There are many organisations and people in your community who can help.

Resources for Pasifika


COVID-19 Information translated in Pasifika languages.

  • Prepare Pacific: Talanoa with Dr Api.
  • Prepare Pacific: Taulogologo - is a programme developed in the Samoan language which shares key information that is important and critical for us to know and understand about COVID-19.
  • LeVa: Practical tips on how to #CatchYourself and maintain respectful relationships in your bubble.
  • LeVa: Check out #CatchYourself ambassador videos and what they have to say about how to care for ourselves while respecting our bubble.

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.

Alofa atu, Alofa mai

“Now is the time to bond as a unit, sit at the dining table and share a meal, tell stories and start evening prayers. When I was young in Niue there was no TV, some of my fondest memories are playing cards with my family after dinner. It is possible that we could come out of this crisis stronger, healthier, happier and closer”

Niuean Doctor and Pasifika Medical Association member Dr L’Ondine Tukuitonga - Secretary, Pacific Chapter, RNZCGP

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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