Auckland is at Alert Level 3. The Upper Hauraki area is at Alert Level 3. The situation in Upper Hauraki will be reviewed daily. The rest of New Zealand remains at Alert Level 2. For the latest information, go to the COVID-19 website. To book a COVID-19 vaccine, go online to Book My Vaccine for an individual booking, or call 0800 28 29 26 to make a booking for you and your whānau. To find your nearest vaccination centre and information on the COVID-19 vaccine, go to the Karawhiua website.

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Welcome to the Government's Māori Communications Response

This is a one-stop portal for all the information you need about COVID-19 and the vaccine rollout. If you need support you can find it here.  Also you will see some of what our iwi, Māori organisations and marae are doing in the cities and around the motu. We will try and direct you to the most relevant information available for Māori, such as where you can get Whānau Ora support, help for your business, and contacting your local food bank.  

We will provide links to other agencies and organisations’ websites and signpost to other trusted information so you know where you can access the services and support you and your whānau need. Kia kaha everyone.

Minister for Māori Development Willie Jackson

What you need to know today:  23 Mahuru 2021

  • Our COVID-19 Information for Māori webpage provides more information about what is happening around the motu and the support available.
  • Auckland is at Alert Level 3. The rest of Aotearoa will remain at Alert Level 2.
  • Due to the high level of testing and the negative results received in the Upper Hauraki, this area has also moved to Alert Level 3 with the rest of Tāmaki Makaurau, head here for more information.
  • All south Auckland vaccination centres now allow walk-in or drive-through visits so no need to book. See the Karawhiua Vax Now for all pop ups.
  • There is a new pop-up testing centre in the Manukau Sports Bowl in Clover Park, all residents are being asked to get a test.
  • The vaccination bus WAI-VAXIMUS is at Et Tu Bistro in Te Atatu today, no need to book. Te Whānau O Waipareira have vaccination and testing centres across west Auckland, head to their Facebook page for locations and times.
  • Manurewa Marae Shotcuzz vaccination bus will be at Southmall Manurewa today. Entry via Weymouth Rd from 9-4pm. No need to book, you can find its locations and times here.
  • Whānau Ora Community Centre has walk-in vaccination centres at Takaanini Super Centre and Highbrook Super Centre.
  • Anyone living in Whakatīwai, is encouraged to get tested. Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki are today operating mobile swabbing stations at Wharekawa and Mangatangi marae. Click here for more information.
  • Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki mobile vaccination team are travelling to communities throughout Hauraki this week, today they are in Te Aroha. Click here for locations and times.
  • Waikato-Tainui are hosting a mass vaccination event at Hopuhopu sportsground in Ngāruawāhia this Saturday. All those who get vaccinated will receive a free Waikato-Tainui Mask and a $20 petrol voucher. Spot prizes to be won. Bookings preferred but not essential, click here for more information.
  • Te Arawa are running a drive-through vaccination clinic in Rotorua at 10am to 6pm every Sunday and Monday until December. They are offering a free hāngī to anyone who gets a vaccine. Bookings preferred but not essential click here for more information.
  • There is a Te Arawa drive through vaccination clinic this Saturday, 25 September at Reporoa College. Bookings are essential and appointments are available between 9:30am – 3:30pm. Book online at or call 021 239 9454.

COVID-19 statistics and facts, as at 1pm, 22 Mahuru 2021

  • There are 23 new cases of COVID-19 in the community today, all of these are in the Tāmaki Makaurau region, including four who were recorded in the Upper Hauraki. This is a serious outbreak so keep safe whānau and get tested if you have flu symptoms or have been near a location of interest.
  • The total cases associated with this outbreak is 1108.
  • There are currently 13 people in hospital across Tāmaki Makaurau, with two in intensive care.
  • Vaccinations are open to all whānau 12 years and over, and they’re free.  Encourage your whānau and rangatahi to get vaccinated.  
  • 298,008 of eligible Māori have had one vaccination (52.2%) and 145,965 are fully vaccinated (25.6%). Be a doer and protect your whānau! Visit the Karawhiua website.

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