COVID-19 Information for Māori

This page has updated information for the Alert Level change on 12 March 2021.

COVID-19 update

From 12 noon on Friday 12 March 2021, all of Aotearoa is at Alert Level 1.

There is detailed information about Level 1 restrictions on

See this updated information for whānau, hapū and iwi Māori.

See the Work and Income website for information about support for businesses, and for people who need to self-isolate and can’t work from home.

There is also updated guidelines for marae (and a downloadable booklet) on the Unite Against COVID-19 website: He kupu āwhina i ngā marae | Guidance for marae.

Tiakina tō hauora – Looking after your health 

See the updated info on the COVID-19 website: Information for whānau, hapū and iwi Māori

Living at Alert Level 1

  • Whānau can go to work and school if they aren’t māuiui.
  • Kura, kōhanga and puna reo are open for our tamariki.
  • There are no restrictions on hui and gatherings.
  • Face coverings must be worn on buses, trains and domestic flights.

Information for Māori organisations

He kupu āwhina i ngā marae | Guidance for marae

This updated guidance is designed to tautoko whānau, hapū and iwi in managing the COVID-19 safety of manuhiri and tangata whenua at the marae.

This can help whether your role at the marae is front of the house (te amorangi ki mua) or at the back (te hāpai ō ki muri).

See the guidance on the COVID19 website, or you can download a handbook here.

QR code posters

All workplaces and businesses, including social service providers, must display a NZ COVID-19 Tracer QR code poster. This will help with the contact tracing of people who enter your premises. All events are also required to display a QR code.

The COVID-19 website has instructions on how to get a QR code poster.

Legislation updates

The Government has passed legislation to support Māori governance entities to operate through COVID-19. See this page on our website: COVID-19 Response Requirements for Entities – Modifications and Exemptions) Act. The provisions can be applied by entities up to 31 March 2021.


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