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    COVID-19 support

    Updated 3 August

    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

    Whanake: Job and training opportunities

    We regularly update our page of job and training opportunities.

    Education funding

    You can also apply for education funding if you are a registered member of registered member of Ngāti Rārua Ātiawa Iwi Trust.

    Find out more about education funding and apply online

    If you have any opportunities to share, please email

    Mauri Ora fund

    Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Rārua uses the Mauri Ora fund to support whānau to hold wānanga on whakapapa, reo me ōna tikanga and other activities. You can apply for up to $5,000+GST at any time.

    Read more about the Mauri Ora Fund

    Regional Business network - support for whānau business

    Are you a business owner of a small to medium enterprise? If you could get up to $5000 approved funding for professional advisory services, and it was an easy straight forward process would you apply for this funding?

    If you said yes to both continue reading.

    Alert Level 1 – What does it mean for you and my whānau?

    Alert Level 1 will see us returning without restriction to work, school, sports and domestic travel, and we are allowed to get together with as many people as we want.

    This means you and your whānau can hold weddings, funerals, tangihanga, birthday parties, all without restriction on numbers and anywhere in the country.

    It’s still important that we keep the basic hygiene measures that worked so well through all Alert Levels.

    We should all continue to keep track of where we’ve been and who we’ve seen – this will help with contact tracing if needed. We must also self-isolate immediately if we are told to do so by health authorities.

    Heoi anō, kia mataara tonu tātou

    Heoi anō, kia mataara tonu tātou, we must stay vigilant, we remain in a global pandemic and the threat of COVID-19 continues. We can ensure the continued safety of our whānau by maintaining basic health and hygiene measures. These include:

    • washing your hands,
    • coughing or sneezing into your elbow,
    • staying home if you’re sick, and
    • while not required, it’s good to be aware of physical distancing when out and about, especially with those you don’t know.

    Here are the rules for level 1

    Unite for the Recovery

    A new website will help us all recover from this emergency. It has many links and resources on wellbeing and jobs and training.

    Visit the Unite for the recovery website

    Official Contract Tracing App

    The Ministry of Health has launched its official contact tracing app called NZ COVID Tracer. It is available for download on both Google and Apple online stores.

    Visit the NZ COVID Tracer webpage.

    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

    Accommodation and assistance

    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

    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!

    Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Rārua

    Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Rārua

    15 Kinross Street, Blenheim, New Zealand, Phone: +64 (03) 5778468, E-mail:

    COVID-19 support