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COVID-19 Response Update

Update on the outbreak, getting notified of your test result, and supporting whānau during lock-down

E rere arorangi ana ngā whakamānawa ki a koutou katoa ngā ringa atawhai o te hapori hauora Māori, tēnā koutou.

At the 1pm stand-up, our Director-General said that dealing with the Delta variant is like dealing with an entirely new virus because of how easily transmissible it is. This reinforces the need for us to continue upholding our tikanga hauora and adhering to the alert level rules. It also reinforces the need for some of our stricter guidelines under Alert Level 4. This virus is tricky, so we must remain vigilant if we want to stamp it out.

Heoi anā, I want to thank our Māori health providers for going above and beyond for all our communities right now. I’m receiving daily updates about providers who are mobilising their resources to support our whānau, keep them safe, and protect them from this latest outbreak. While the virus has mutated and changed, your commitment to our people remains the same, nā reira e mihi ana ki a koutou katoa.

Latest update on the outbreak

· There are 41 new community cases of COVID-19 in Aotearoa to confirm today. This brings the total number of cases in the community to 148.

· The total number of community cases in Tāmaki Makaurau is now 137 and there are 11 in Pōneke.

· All these cases have or are being transferred to a managed isolation facility, under strict infection prevention and control procedures.

Reviewing the locations of interest and getting notified of your test result

• There are over 430 locations of interest on the Ministry of Health website. These are updated every two hours so please make sure you continue to review them.

• If you have been at any of these locations of interest during the relevant time, please follow the directions for that location and call Healthline on 0800 358 5453. If you were not at the location of interest at the relevant time, you do not need to be tested.

• While you’re waiting for the result, you need to stay in your whare, and not exercise outside, or go shopping. If you were tested because you were at a location of interest, your whole whānau will need to stay at home.

• If your test result is positive, you will get a phone call. If your test result is negative, you will get a text, unless you’ve asked to be contacted another way.

• It may take up to two days for the results to be ready, or possibly longer, so please be patient with our team.

Vaccination numbers increasing

• More than 2.85 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to date. Of these, 1.82 million are first doses and more than 1.02 million are second doses.

• Yesterday 44,250 first doses were given, and 19,082 second doses were given, bringing yesterday’s total doses administered to 63,333. This is the biggest daily total to date.

• So far, more than 160,000 Māori have received their first vaccination. Of these, more than 94,000 have also had their second vaccinations.

• While this is exciting news, we still have a long way to go e te iwi. Nā reira, please keep encouraging your friends and whānau who are eligible to book in for their vaccinations. It’s safe, and it’s free.

Support is still available for whānau

• There is still support available for whānau struggling to get kai or essential items right now.

• You can call the Ministry of Social Development on 0800 559 009 if you need help.

• You can also check out their website which has information on online shopping services, temporary accommodation, and financial support.

Taking care of our taha hinengaro

• Living under Alert Level 4 restrictions can be incredibly difficult for our whānau, so it’s important we all take care of our mental health.

• There are a range of self-help tools and resources available on the Ministry of Health website, including Small Steps, Whakatau Mai – The Wellbeing Sessions, Staying on Track, the MELON app and Mentemia.

• Whānau are also encouraged to call 1737 if they need to talk to someone about their mental wellbeing. This is a free service available via phone or text 24/7.

• If at any point, you feel you aren’t coping, please reach out. Help is available.


Please remind your friends and whānau to get information on COVID-19 and the vaccine from our trusted sources – the Ministry of Health, Unite Against COVID, and Karawhiua channels.

For guidance on protecting you and your whânau from COVID-19 misinformation and scams, visit the Unite Against COVID website.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me or my team at:maorihealth@health.govt.nz

Mâ te Atua tātou e poipoi hei ngā rangi e tū mai nei.

Nāhaku me aku mihi aroha,

John Whaanga

Deputy Director-General | Māori Health Directorate