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    COVID-19 support

    Updated 29 May

    Tēnā tātou e te whanau. This page explains some of your options for support during this time and links to official information on alert levels more.

    Contact us

    We are here for you and ready to assist.
    0800 642 847

    Alert Level 2 - new guidance for events

    We are now at Level 2. Social distancing and hygiene rules still apply. Gathering numbers are limited to 100 from Friday 29 May. Please read and follow the guidance if you are having an event.

    Read the full information about Gatherings at Alert Level 2.

    Always check for up-to-date-information.

    Whanake: Job and training opportunities

    We've started a page to list job and training opportunities.

    If you have any opportunities to share, please email

    Moving back to the Rūnanga office

    Our staff are now working from our Wairau and Whakatū offices.

    We have well established health and hygiene controls in place. You can keep contacting us through or 0800 642 847 and keep safe!

    Read our latest email pānui

    Shane Graham, Pouwhakahaere (CEO)

    More information on the different alert levels:

    Help with kai and urgent needs

    Help with kai and urgent assistance is available through our partnership with Civil Defence.

    Looking forward, the clear message to you is don’t be whakamā – if you need help ask for it. If you have no other support, urgent assistance for kai and medical supplies is available through Civil Defence groups around Aotearoa.

    • If you are in Whakatū or Tasman, you can call 0800 50 50 75
    • If you are in the Wairau, call 03 520 7400
    • If you are in Kawatiri, call 03 900 9329

    If you are unsure of the number to call in your region, please give the iwi office a call on 0800 642 847.  He waka eke noa.

    The support service is for people who do not have friends, family or neighbours that can provide assistance. Remember, if people are able to help those in need, then please make sure you maintain 2-metre physical distance, wash your hands, and do not offer assistance if you are unwell.

    People are allowed to go to the supermarket on their own, and it is okay to do this for someone else (e.g. for an older person who can’t go out).

    Kaupapa Atawhai

    Are you or your whānau struggling due to COVID-19?

    Kaupapa Atawhai has been created to provide some immediate assistance to our most vulnerable whānau who have been impacted by COVID-19 and the resulting government restrictions.

    It is designed to support those in need, such as:
    - Kaumātua
    - People who are unwell
    - People who have lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 restrictions.

    Kaupapa Atawhai is a joint project between:
    Ngāti Koata Trust
    Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Rārua
    Ngāti Tama ki Te Waipounamu Trust
    Ngāti Rārua Ātiawa Iwi Trust
    Wakatū Incorporation

    Apply online

    Learn more and apply to Kaupapa Atawhai


    If people have an urgent need for accommodation, then they can call MBIE Temporary Accommodation Service on 0508 754 163.

    If financial assistance is required to use that accommodation, then call MSD on 0800 559 009.

    Other important phone numbers include:

    • Call the free government helpline  0800 779 997 or on 0800 22 66 57 (8am–1am, 7 days a week).
    • Call or text 1737 – free, anytime – to talk with a trained counsellor
    • Call Healthline 0800 358 5453
    • Call your local GP
    • Call 111 in an emergency

    Manaaki 20

    The original Manaaki20 survey is closed. If you would still like to connect:

    Kura / School is back, but a bit different

    Schools will be doing a mix of online and correspondence learning in Term 2. Look out for new television channels broadcasting education-related content – one for English medium and one for Māori medium.

    Tangihanga guidelines

    Please take some time to watch this video from matua Barney Thomas, the CDEM Te Tauihu iwi lead – Tikanga and Marae, and Melanie McGregor, Ngāti Koata Trustee and Advisor to Te Puni Kōkiri.

    Matua Barney and whaea Mel have been working with iwi and Maataa Waka to ensure whānau who have lost loved ones during this Covid-19 lockdown are given awhi and know where to turn. The Te Tauihu Tangihanga Guidelines have been specifically developed to meet the needs of our rohe under Alert Level 4.

    Click on the image to hear from matua Barney Thomas and whaea Mel McGregor.

    Download the tangihanga guidelines - updated 7 April (PDF 963Kb)

    If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to call Barney Thomas on 027 221 8918 or email

    He āwhina, he aroha, ngā miro tuitui i ngā haehaetanga o te mate
    Love and support knit together the lacerations of anguish.

    A message from our wonderful whaea, Rita Powick, Waikawa Marae Trust Chair, to whānau about our changing tikanga and the importance of karakia.

    Virtual karakia Monday nights at 7pm

    E te whānau, please join us online every Monday night for a combined Te Tauihu virtual karakia.

    This was instigated last week as part of the temporary change in tikanga around tangihanga. It was so lovely to see faces from across the rohe, so it’s been decided to run it every Monday night at 7pm.

    Here’s Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō cultural advisor and Omaka Marae general manager Kiley Nepia to tell you all about it.

    Click on the image to hear from Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō cultural advisor and Omaka Marae general manager Kiley Nepia.

    Anyone with a connection to Te Tauihu is welcome to join. All you need is a phone or computer – and just make sure you have downloaded the Zoom software.

    When: Every Monday at 7pm
    Meeting ID: 342520144

    Mauri ora!

    Financial support for employers

    The government has made ongoing financial support available to employers, the self-employed and many other organisations. The goal is to protect jobs. We encourage you to apply if you think you are eligible.

    Start here:

    If you are an employee, ask your employer if they have applied for this on your behalf.

    Other financial support

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    COVID-19 support