COVID-19 Information for Māori

Hūtia te rito o te harakeke. Kei hea te kōmako, e kō? Uia mai ki ahau, he aha te mea nui o te ao? Māku e kī atu; he tangata, he tangata, he tangata!

Pluck the heart from the flax bush - where will the bellbird be? Ask me, what is the most important thing in the world? I will reply, it is people, it is people, it is people!

In Aotearoa we are continually working to ensure that we eliminate the risk of serious impact on our whānau, hapū, iwi and Māori communities from COVID-19.

As tangata whenua, we have specific issues and key areas that are important for us as Māori. Te Puni Kōkiri has set up this dedicated page to provide information and guidance to help support you and your whānau. The page is updated frequently.

You can find information about changes to Te Puni Kōkiri programmes as a result of COVID-19. 

You can read more about the many community responses to COVID-19, including Ngāti Awa organising essential supplies for whānau on Mōtītī Island.

Help for you and your whānau

This link goes to the government’s central website for COVID-19 public information. It is the fastest way to find help and up-to-date information about the COVID-19 situation across Aotearoa.

Direct help in your rohe

We can help connect you to the support you need in your rohe.

Regional networks

The Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) centres in regions can help with urgently needed food and other essential items.

  • Click here to see a list of telephone numbers for regional centres.

If the local emergency centres cannot help, Te Puni Kōkiri regional teams can connect you directly to the right services and key people in your rohe. 

Whānau Ora Commissioning Agencies are also responding directly to support whānau:
Māori health providers

Māori health providers across the motu are working around the clock to assist you and your whānau.

Information for whānau and iwi

There is a dedicated section of the COVID-19 website for Māori. This includes guidance on tikanga and gatherings, and resources for whānau and for iwi. There is information you can use to look after yourself and those in your mirumiru (bubble), and resources to support iwi responding to COVID-19.

Tangihanga guidelines

You can find the latest version of the official guidelines for tangihanga here:

Protecting your hauora

If you are concerned about any symptoms you are experiencing, contact Healthline (for free) or call your doctor before visiting.

  • Healthline 0800 358 5453 (or international: +64 9 358 5453)

Stress and emotional support

If you need to talk to someone urgently about your wellbeing or someone you are concerned about, call or text 1737 any time, 24 hours a day or you can visit this website: 

Hygiene and protection

The Ministry of Health website has detailed information about hygiene and protection against COVID-19, including personal protective equipment (PPE) for essential workers.

The Government is providing help in a range of ways

You can see a list of the support available, including help with food and other essentials, finances, accommodation, education, animals and for travellers, here:

Key phone numbers

  • Healthline 0800 358 5453 (or international: +64 9 358 5453)

If you are unable to find what you need on the or Ministry of Health websites, and are not sure who to contact for help, call the free Government helpline.

  • Government helpline 0800 779 997 

Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) centres in regions can help with urgent need for household goods and services and other essential items.

  • Click here to see a list of telephone numbers for regional centres.

Changes to the way Te Puni Kōkiri is working

If you have a current contract with Te Puni Kōkiri and need to know what to do.

For information on housing repairs and papakāinga development during COVID-19

For information about support for whenua businesses

For an update about Te Pūtake o te Riri funding

Resources to download

Protect our Whakapapa resources
Factsheets from government COVID-19 portal

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