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28 April 2020
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Aotearoa is now at Alert Level 1, here are a few things you need to know:


The health and safety of our iwi is important to us. At Alert Level 2, we each had an individual responsibility to continue to protect our communities and eliminate Covid-19. Tūhoe Te Uru Taumatua tari re-opened Monday 18 May. However, visitors can expect to see appropriate public health measures in place. If you have a general inquiry, please contact us via phone 07 312 9659


Te Urewera Board has outlined the conditions under which Te Urewera's walking tracks, huts, hunting, fishing and boat ramps will re-open in Alert Level 2, in order to keep local communities safe and ensure COVID-19 does not enter vulnerable communities following a succesful lockdown. 

For critical enquiries regarding Te Urewera phone +64 6 837 3803 or email

at home in the valleys

  • The Taneatua, Waimana and Kawerau Medical Centres are open for usual business hours 
  • A Tūhoe Medical team of Councillors and GP are available on 0508 4 AROHA
  • Tribals have been busy working on their particular whārua needs and staying connected with TUT. A Covid-19 leadership group has been working to identify:The needs of our vulnerable; Keeping connected with our Tribal needs; Keeping the mahi going; Looking after staff

Follow your iwi platforms for regular updates on key information:

Stay informed by reading only reliable sources, such as:

the government taskforce

The New Zealand Government Taskforce is taking measures to ensure the disease is contained and community transmission is not happening. 


If you are in a job loss situation as a result of Covid-19, please visit here to find new work or re-train for another role. This online hub is a dedicated place to connect job seekers and employers during this extremely challenging time.


Health Impacts 

Call Healthline for health or self-isolation advice. 

If you are having trouble getting through, you can register for self-isolation online with Healthline. Currently, there is no specific treatment for Covid-19, but medical care can treat most of the symptoms.  

The symptoms of Covid-19 are:  

  • a cough 
  • a high temperature (at least 38°C)
  • shortness of breath 

Please encourage your at-risk whānau, especially your pākeke, to get their free influenza and flu vaccinations at their local GP. Whānau being prioritised by health clinics are: 

  • Pakeke over 60 years 
  • People with respiratory conditions 
  • Frontline workers 
  • Pregnant woman 

If you feel you are not coping, it is important to talk with a health professional. For support with grief, anxiety, distress or mental wellbeing, you can call or text 1737 – free, any time, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – to talk with a trained counsellor.  


The Mental Health Foundation are actively updating their Facebook, Instagram and Twitter with supportive information and helpful resources.


The Getting Through Together campaign is now live at with a hub of helpful tips and advice available.


Resources specifically for tamariki are also available at Sparklers at Home.


Three new apps have also been created for those tech savy whānau:

  1. The Mentemia app
  2. Melon, a health journal app
  3. Staying on Track, an e-therapy programme 

Community Safety  

To report anything to your local Police, please use the below guide:  

  • Call triple one (111) when you need an emergency response from Police, Fire or Ambulance 
  • Use Ten Five (105) to report things that don’t need urgent Police assistance
  • Call Star Triple Five (*555) to report road incidents which are urgent but not life-threatening

New Zealand Outdoor Activities 

All outdoor activities in New Zealand are now permitted.


All Department of Conservation visitor centres, huts and campsites are open with contact tracing provision provided.


Fish and Game New Zealand kicked off the Game BIrd season on Saturday 23 May.


Game Animal Council have encouraged hunters to keep a track of where you have been, where and who you have been hunting with, to assist with rapid contact tracing if that is required. The Te Urewera Trip Report is being used for contact tracing and can be found here.


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