COVID-19 2021 Whānau Recovery Fund
The Government has reprioritised up to $5 million to provide immediate relief to vulnerable whānau Māori and communities during the current COVID-19 outbreak focussing on Tāmaki Makaurau, Te Tai Tokerau and Northern Waikato, please contact the appropriate regional office for more information including how to apply.
If you are in need of housing support, information is available on the Work and Income website.
For information on accessing kai, please see the guidance on the Unite against COVID-19 website. This page provides information on accessing kai if you are sick or self-isolating, staying safe when getting food delivered, financial support to buy food, food banks, and the rules around fishing and whitebaiting.
If you need support for food costs get in touch with Work and Income (0800 559 009).
Support from Whānau Ora agencies
Whānau can access Whānau Ora services, such as food and essential services, during COVID-19 at the following commissioning agencies.
- Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency works with whānau and families in the North Island.
- Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu works with whānau and families in the South Island.
- Pasifika Futures is dedicated to working with Pacific Island families across the country.
Each commissioning agency works with local partners, providers and navigators to deliver a coordinated service based around the needs and aspirations of your whānau.
Funding for iwi representative groups
Te Arawhiti is offering funding to iwi to support their COVID-19 response. Funding is intended for communications outreach, supporting vaccine uptake and response planning.