Te Arawa I COVID-19 Recovery

The Te Arawa COVID-19 Response Hub was established within hours of the Alert Level 4 Lockdown being announced on 23 March, with marae, hapū, health and community organisations across Te Arawa coming together and mobilising to support whānau within the Te Arawa rohe.

An innovative data programme was established which enabled the hub to reach isolated and at-risk whānau and identify the support required by collecting, collating and coordinating data and information. The information gathered will be invaluable for future kaupapa and reaching our whānau in times of need.

Our Facebook, website and 0508 Te Arawa helpline also helped provide timely, relevant and tailored information amidst the information overload.

In line with the transition to Level 1, the Te Arawa COVID-19 Response Hub will start to transition back to day-to-day mahi, and from response into a recovery phase. The Facebook page and website will continue to be updated and the economic recovery team are working hard behind the scenes to help whānau and our wider community recover in the best shape possible.

If you would like to kōrero with a member of the Te Arawa Workforce Hub to discuss social services, development and employment, please book an appointment time via Te Arawa Workforce Hub page.

It is important to know there is still support available if you need it:

· For financial support, contact Te Arawa Whānau Ora Collective (07 213 1995) or Work and Income (0800 559 009)

· For employment support, contact Employment New Zealand (0800 20 90 20)

· For health support, contact your GP or call Healthline on 0800 611 116 or 111 in an emergency. Don’t delay seeking medical assistance for ANY health conditions.

· For business support, check out the Unite Against COVID-19 webpage.

As we transition into Level 1, remember the 10 ‘Golden rules’:

1. Stay home if you are sick

2. Wash your hands

3. Call Healthline or your doctor if you have symptoms

4. Sneeze or cough into your elbow, wash your hands and keep things clean

5. If a health official says you need to isolate, you have to do it

6. Keep track of where you’ve been and who you’ve seen

7. Businesses should display QR codes for contact tracing

8. If you are worried about underlying conditions, talk to your doctor

9. Stay vigilant – COVID-19 is still in the world

10. Look after each other and yourselves, be patient.

He waka eke noa.