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COVID-19 Response Update

Alert Level changes and what they mean for you and your whānau


E rere ana ngā mihi whakamānawa ki a koutou katoa e pānui mai ana i tai wiwi, i tai wawa, tēnā koutou katoa. Kia mōhio mai, everywhere south of the Tāmaki Makaurau boundary will move to Alert Level 3 at 11.59 pm Tuesday night for at least a week. Tāmaki Makaurau will remain at Alert Level 4 for at least two weeks and Te Tai Tokerau will remain at Alert Level 4 until at least at 11.59 pm this Thursday. Again, I want to thank everyone, particularly our whānau in Tāmaki Makaurau, for getting us to where we are today. We can start coming down in Alert Levels because of the mahi you’ve done throughout the past two weeks. I wanted to use this pānui to remind you of what Alert Level 3 and Alert Level 4 mean for you and your whānau. If you have any queries about the finer details, please check out the Unite Against COVID and Ministry of Healthwebsites. For whānau living south of the Tāmaki Makaurau boundary – Alert Level 3

  • At Alert Level 3, you legally must stay within your household bubble whenever you are not at mahi or kura. You can expand this to connect with whānau, bring in caregivers or support isolated people.

  • If you are māuiui, please stay home. If you have cold, flu or COVID-19 symptoms call your health provider or Healthline on 0800 358 5453 and get advice about being tested.

  • Please keep your distance when outside your whare. You should keep a distance of at least 2 metres in public and retail stores, and 1 metre in controlled environments, like at mahi or kura.

  • You are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering when outside and, in a place where it’s hard to keep your distance from other people.

  • Engari, you must legally wear a face covering when on public transport and flights, when visiting healthcare facilities, and when inside any Alert Level 3 businesses and services that are still open and involve customer contact.

  • Gatherings of up to 10 people can go ahead, but only for weddings and tangihanga.

  • For tangihanga, up to 10 people in the same bubble may go to view the tūpāpaku. Other whānau can also view the body by appointment, but only in groups of up to 10 from the same bubble. Ka mutu, a group of up to 10 people from the same bubble can go to the urupā with the tūpāpaku for burial. You can read more about tangihanga on the Ministry of Health website.

  • Lastly, at Alert Level 3, travel between regions is heavily restricted and many whānau will need to apply for an exemption if they’d like to do this. Learn more about travelling across Alert Level boundaries here.

  • Read the full set of Alert Level 3 guidelines on the Unite Against COVID website.

For whānau living in Tāmaki Makaurau and Te Tai Tokerau – Alert Level 4

  • It’s important we maintain the gains we’ve made in the past fortnight, nā reira, the most important thing for whānau to do right now, is to stay home in their bubble.

  • You can only leave home for essential personal movement, like shopping for kai, accessing necessary healthcare, getting a test or vaccination, exercising in your local area, or going to work if you’re an essential worker and you cannot work from home.

  • If you live alone, you may arrange with another person living alone or a household to be part of your household bubble. This arrangement must be exclusive between you and the other household.

  • We encourage you to wear a face covering and keep 2 metres distance from others when leaving your home. Especially if it is difficult to maintain physical distance from others. It is mandatory to wear a face covering when on public transport and flights, when visiting healthcare facilities, and when inside retail businesses that are still open.

  • Gathering for any reason at Alert Level 4 is not permitted. This means tangihanga cannot take place. You can read the full tangihanga guidelines for Alert Level 4 on our website.

  • Lastly, Alert Level 4 is an incredibly difficult time for whānau. If you feel you are in need, please reach out. There are a range of people and agencies available to help whānau in need. You can find a list of available services and support here.

  • Read the full set of Alert Level 4 guidelines on the Unite Against COVID website.

Latest update on the outbreak and COVID-19 vaccination rollout

  • There are 53 new community cases of COVID-19 in Aotearoa to confirm today. All 53 cases are in Tāmaki Makaurau. This brings the total number of active cases in the community outbreak to 562. The total number of community cases in Tāmaki Makaurau is now 547 and in Pōneke it’s 15.

  • Yesterday 47,897 vaccines were administered to whānau throughout the motu. Of these 36,476 were first doses and 11,421 were second doses. This is a record for a Sunday.

  • More than 197,000 Māori have received their first vaccination and more than 104,000 have also had their second vaccinations.

  • That means 34.5% of our people have had their first dose of the vaccine, and 18.4% are fully vaccinated. These numbers will continue to rise over the next week and I’ll make sure to keep you updated.

  • Please keep encouraging your friends and whānau to book in for their vaccine as soon as possible. It’s safe and it’s free.

  • On that note, the only thing you need to be eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination in Aotearoa, is to be here in Aotearoa. You don’t need to bring a form of ID along with you. Please let any whānau know who might feel anxious about this.

The Ministry of Health’s statement regarding a death following vaccination

  • This morning the Ministry of Health issued a press release regarding the death of a woman who had been vaccinated with the Comirnaty Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

  • The case has been reviewed by the COVID-19 Independent Safety Monitoring Board (CV-ISMB) and has been referred to the coroner. The cause of death has not yet been determined.

  • The CV-ISMB considered that the myocarditis was probably due to vaccination. The CV-ISMB noted that there were other medical issues occurring at the same time which may have influenced the outcome following vaccination. Further details cannot be released while the coroner investigates.

  • The CV-ISMB has passed on its sympathies to the woman’s family and friends during this difficult time and thanked the family for their assistance with this investigation.

  • There are many possible causes of myocarditis. The most common cause is a viral infection, and it can also be caused by COVID-19. 

  • It’s important to know the signs and symptoms of myocarditis and pericarditis. These might include:

  • new onset chest pain

  • difficulty breathing

  • abnormal heartbeat.


  • If you experience these in the days following vaccination, it’s important to seek medical attention as soon as possible.

_____________ Please remind your friends and whânau 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 yourself and your whānau 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 Mā te Atua tātou e tiaki i runga i ngā tini āhuatanga o te wā. Nāhaku me aku mihi aroha, Nā John Whaanga Deputy Director-General | Māori Health Directorate