What you need to know today:
Turuki Health going street to street in Ōtara, South Auckland to engage with whānau. Source: Te Tai-awa o te Ora
Current Traffic Light Setting FOR AOTEAROA - ORANGE
- Aotearoa is at Phase 3 of the Omicron response. At Phase 3, the focus is on safely managing COVID-19 at home. Learn more about Phase 3 and what it means for you here.
- Life at Orange:
- Click here for more information about life at Orange.
- There are no capacity limits for indoor or outdoor events, gatherings or hospitality venues.
- You do not need to wear a face mask indoor or outdoor hospitality venues. However, face masks may still be required at many indoor locations. Face masks continue to be required on public transport.
- Face masks are encouraged, but not required, inside at school.
- There remains no government requirement for businesses to require vaccine passes. Some business may still choose to require your My Vaccine Pass.
- Vaccine mandates are removed, except for health and disability, aged care, corrections and border workforces.
- You no longer need to scan in at businesses.
- COVID-19 is still in our communities, e te whānau. Remember to keep up healthy habits to protect yourself and your whānau.
Vaccinations & Boosters
- Rangatahi aged 16 and 17 can receive their booster dose of the Pfizer vaccine, as long as it has been six months after their second dose.
- Whānau eligible to get their booster shots are encouraged to do so. Those aged 18 and over are eligible for a booster shot three months after their second dose. Find more information on the Ministry of Health website.
- Tamariki aged 5 to 11-years-old are eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccination.
- To find a vaccination clinic near you head to Karawhiua.nz
Getting a test
- You only need to get tested for COVID-19 if you have symptoms, or if you are a Household Contact. A list of test sites and their opening hours can be found on the Healthpoint website.
- Rapid antigen tests (RATs) are now the main testing method, find out more here.
What to do if you have COVID-19
- If you, or a Household Contact tests positive, you are required to isolate for 7 days. Follow the guidance on Unite Against COVID-19 about what to do if you test positive.
- Head to Unite Against COVID-19 for updated information on travel and border requirements for entering New Zealand.
Planning for Omicron
- All whānau are also encouraged to make a plan around how to manage and support each other if people become sick or need to isolate. Find out more about how you and your whānau can get prepared.
- Karawhiua.nz has examples of plans and checklists to help you and your whānau get prepared. You can also find information and advice at covid19.govt.nz
Māori Communities COVID-19 Fund
- The Government has added a further $40.05 million to the Māori Communities COVID-19 Fund, boosting the total to $160 million.
Declaration plan drafting to commence, targeted engagement feedback released
Minister for Māori Development Willie Jackson has released the feedback from targeted engagement with Māori on developing a plan to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (the Declaration plan) in New Zealand.
Māori Housing: Large papakāinga underway in Motueka
Te Puni Kōkiri is supporting a large 20-home papakāinga in Motueka. Last week, Te Āwhina Marae whānau and the wider community gathered at dawn to bless the whenua and lay a mauri stone ahead of construction of the development.
Omicron: Whānau planning with Karawhiua
Ka ora pea au i a koe, ka ora koe i a au. Perhaps I survive because of you and you because of me.
No. of Māori with 1st dose
No. of Māori with 2nd dose
Number and % of doses of eligible Māori 12yo+.
Source Ministry of Health.
No. of Māori Boosted (18yo+)
No. of Māori 5-11 y/o with 1st dose
COVID-19 cases are for all of Aotearoa.
Source Ministry of Health.