Kia ora e te iwi, from 11.59pm 17 August, we all moved to COVID-19 Alert Level 4.

The Alert Level will be reviewed after 3 days for all areas except Auckland and Coromandel Peninsula which is likely to remain at Level 4 for an initial period of 7 days.

Locations of interest 

  • There are several locations of interest in in Auckland and Coromandel. Check the Ministry of Health website for the most up to date information.

Alert Level 4

  • Stay in your immediate household bubble and only go out for essential personal movements and doing essential work.
  • Safe recreational activity is allowed in your local area
  • Face coverings are required when out in public and on all public transport and domestic flights
  • Businesses are closed except for essential services, such as: Supermarkets, Pharmacies, Medical clinics, Petrol stations, Lifeline utilities
  • All educational facilities are closed.
  • All public facilities are closed for example libraries, museums, cinemas, food courts, gyms, pools, amusement parks, playgrounds and farmers’ markets.
  •  Public open spaces for example parks may be used, but people need to keep 2 metres apart from people outside their bubbles.
  •  No gatherings are allowed.

Tangihanga under Alert Level 4

It will be a difficult time for those of you who have lost loved ones and have tangihanga at this time. Gathering together for funerals and tangihanga is not permitted at Alert Level 4.  Here is the link to further information to help guide you on what you can and can’t do at this time:  Tangihanga Guidelines

Travel under Alert Level 4

  • Personal travel – including the use of private cars or public transport – is only permitted within territorial authority, and for essential personal movement as defined in Health Act order of 3 April 2020.
  • If you are away from home, you can travel for the purposes of returning to your home.
  • You should not travel out of your region unless you have to. This is vital to us getting on top of the situation. Strict criteria will apply to those who want to travel during the current Alert Level 4 restrictions.

Healthcare under Level 4

  • Hospitals operate in line with the National Hospital Response Framework.
  • Primary and community health providers will operate in line with the Community Response Framework.
  • Only urgent acute care is conducted in person, maintaining public health guidelines. Routine care is postponed.
  • Residential facilities remain open with strict visitor policies. In- home visiting required for priority populations.
  • Pharmacies remain open.

Vaccination Programme  

  • We want everyone in Aotearoa who has a booking in the system to get vaccinated but we do need to prioritise the safety of whānau first. To limit the movement of whānau during Level 4, the vaccination programme will pause for all of Aotearoa for an initial period of 48 hours.
  • This means that all vaccination centres in Aotearoa will be closed on Wednesday and Thursday and appointments are cancelled – people who have appointments on these days will hear from the Ministry of Health soon to provide information on rebooking. You will be contacted by text, email or phone call.

Financial support for individuals and whānau

Because of COVID-19, financial pressure will be a reality for many. Help is available if you’re experiencing financial distress.

Please take extra care to follow the guidelines to keep us all safe. We also ask that you get in touch with kaumatua or any whānau members who may need a bit of extra support at this time.

Justin Carter

Noho ora mai,
Justin Carter, General Manager Ngāti Koata