Auckland is at Alert Level 3. The rest of Aotearoa, including Upper Hauraki, is 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: 28 Mahuru 2021

  • Our COVID-19 Information for Māori webpage provides more information about what is happening around the motu and the support available.
  • 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.
  • 59.9% of Māori within the Auckland Metro DHB have received one dose of the vaccine and 30.3% have had their second. Ka rawe!
  • Comedian Jimi Jackson is collaborating with Ngāti Rangatahi on their campaign aimed at boosting rangatahi Māori vaccination rates.

  • 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 WAI-VAXIMUS bus is in Glen Eden today, opposite Tobys Seafood at the Glen Mall, 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.
  • Today is Te Whānau O Waipareira’s final day vaccinating at the Trust Arena in Henderson. From tomorrow onwards they will move to the Henderson Vaccination Centre, 28 Catherine Street.
  • Anyone living in Whakatīwai is encouraged to get tested. Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki are operating mobile swabbing stations at Wharekawa marae and Mangatangi Marae. Click here for more information.
  • Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki’s mobile vaccination team are travelling to communities throughout Hauraki this week. Click here for locations and times.
  • 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.
  • For those living in the Wellington region, there are several vaccination events coming up to ensure as many people are being vaccinated as possible, more information here.
  • Dunedin's first mobile vaccine clinic is on the road thanks to Ngāi Tahu operated health provider Te Kāika. Head to the Te Kāika Facebook page for information on locations and times.
  • Canterbury are working to get 95 per cent of its eligible population given a single dose of the Covid-19 vaccine by the end of October, read more here.

COVID-19 statistics and facts, as at 1pm, 28 Mahuru 2021

  • There are 8 new cases of COVID-19 in the community today, all of these are in the Tāmaki Makaurau region. 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 1,185.
  • There are currently 14 people in hospital across Tāmaki Makaurau, with 3 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.  
  • 312,332 Māori have received one dose of the vaccine and 160,664 have had their second. Be a doer and protect your whānau! Visit the Karawhiua website

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Kokiritia Issue 2: COVID-19 edition

Kōkiritia is our e-newsletter, this edition once again has a focus on COVID-19 and brings you an insight into what we are seeing in our communities. A big mihi to our whānau in Tāmaki Makaurau, thank you for staying home and ensuring the whole of Aotearoa is safe during this time.

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The marae responding to food insecurity in Tāmaki Makaurau

Papatūānuku Kōkiri Marae, located in Māngere, has been on the frontline of food insecurity in south Auckland for almost 30 years.

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Find the best vaccine centre for you with mapping tool

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Mō Te Puni Kōkiri

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Te Puni Kōkiri is government’s principal policy advisor on Māori wellbeing and development.

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