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 - RED
- All of Aotearoa has moved to the Red setting of the traffic light system.
- Life at Red carries on pretty much as normal, but with more mask wearing, distancing precautions and reduced gathering limits to reduce the spread of the virus. Business and workplaces will remain open and schools will open again as planned, with extra public health measures. Read more here.
- For information specific to Māori including marae and tangihanga guidelines at the Red setting, click here.
- Throughout the motu, remember to get tested if you have been at a location of interest or if you are unwell. A list of test sites and their opening hours can be found on the Healthpoint website.
Vaccinations & Boosters
- A new drive-through vaccination centre is open in West Auckland today, corner of Gunton Drive and Tawhia Drive, Westage. No booking needed.
- Pasefika Family Group is running a vaccination clinic at Sylvia Park Shopping Centre in Auckland today from 9:30am to 4pm, no booking needed.
- Whānau eligible to get their booster shots are encouraged to do so. Those aged 18 and over are eligible for a booster shot four months after their second dose. Find more information on the Ministry of Health website.
- Tamariki aged 5 to 11-years-old are now eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccination.
- To find a vaccination clinic near you head to Karawhiua.nz
- You now need your ‘My Vaccine Pass’ to access some venues and services, including Te Puni Kōkiri offices (not including reception areas and public spaces). For more information on how to access your pass, click here.
Planning for Omicron
- All whānau are also encouraged to make a plan around how to manage and help each other out if people become sick or need to isolate.
- karawhiua.nz has examples of plans and checklists to help you and your whānau get prepared. You can also find information and advice on how to prepare at covid19.govt.nz
Māori Communities COVID-19 Fund
- $72.08 million has been approved for Māori-led initiatives to boost vaccination rates across Aotearoa! Find out more about the $120m Māori Communities COVID-19 Fund.
Three new papakāinga under construction in Ngāruawāhia
Whenua at three sites in Ngāruawāhia were blessed and had the sod turned last Friday, marking the start of construction for three new papakāinga in Waikato. The morning began with the Mary Roberts and Kotahi Roberts Trust whānau, who had a 20-year dream of returning to live on their ancestral whenua.
Preparing for Omicron in Te Tau Ihu (top of the South Island)
“When Omicron hits, we will need to be ready to support our whānau in the community,” says Dr Lorraine Eade, operations manager at Te Kotahi o Te Tauihu Charitable Trust which covers the Nelson, Marlborough, and Tasman region.
Biggest intake of Māori advertising and design panellists announced
Twelve Māori or Pasifika businesses were announced on the All of Government (AoG) panel for advertising and design service contracts last week. The group is the biggest intake of Māori or Pasifika owned businesses to those two panels.
as at 1pm, 25 Kohitātea 2022
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 Vaccinations 5-11 y/o (total population)
COVID-19 cases are for all of Aotearoa.
Source Ministry of Health.