Other useful information on COVID-19

He waka eke noa – we are all in this together

The New Zealand Government website https://covid19.govt.nz/ is the official source of information on COVID-19 and has everything you need to know in one place. It is the fastest way to find help and advice about the COVID-19 situation in New Zealand. 

The government now has a daily newsletter that provides updates on Covid-19. Please sign up via this link https://covid19.govt.nz/latest-updates/daily-newsletter/https://covid19.govt.nz/latest-updates/daily-newsletter/.

If you are unable to find what you need, and are not sure who to contact for help, call the free Government helpline on 0800 779 997 or 0800 22 66 57.

Specific help and advice for Māori can be found by using this link https://covid19.govt.nz/help-and-advice/for-maori/.

Government Support

There are a number of government agencies providing other guidance, support and useful information about the COVID-19 situation. Information on the packages being provided through agencies as part of the Māori community and business package can be found below.

Ministry of Health

The Ministry of Health has publicly released the Initial COVID-19 Māori Response Action Plan. This plan establishes a framework to ensure the health and wellbeing of Māori is protected during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can read the plan online here.

The plan is a living document that will evolve and adapt to the COVID-19 response as it progresses. The Māori Response Action Plan also makes an important contribution to the all-of-government response to COVID-19 in mitigating the social impact of COVID-19 on whānau Māori. The Ministry of Health will continue to work with Māori health experts and iwi leaders to ensure this plan is responsive, relevant and effective.  

If you have any questions contact the Māori Health Director team at the Ministry of Health - maorihealth@health.govt.nz. You can also join the Ministry of Health's Facebook page to receive on going updates and communications here.

For the latest information on funerals and tangihanga guidance, please see the Ministry of Health's website https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-novel-coronavirus-information-specific-audiences/covid-19-funerals-and-tangihanga.

Te Puni Kōkiri

Information on the community outreach and the Whānau Māori Community and Marae package being implemented as part of the Government’s plan to support Māori communities and businesses can be found on Te Puni Kōkiri’s website. 

To find out what is available for your whānau and community visit https://www.tpk.govt.nz/en/whakamahia/covid-19-information-for-maori

This link provides information on the Whānau Māori Community and Marae package as well as the Māori Health and Whānau Ora Response.

Whānau Ora

As part of the Government’s plan to support Māori communities and businesses, Whānau Ora will be targeting funding to whānau within their communities as part of the nationally coordinated Public Health effort.

For further information and contact details visit https://whanauora.nz/covid19response/.

Māori Tourism

New Zealand Māori Tourism is providing support and guidance to Māori businesses who are impacted by COVID-19.  This includes undertaking needs assessments and developing business response plans.

For further information contact New Zealand Māori Tourism on info@maoritourism.co.nz

Other Support and Information

Several other groups have put together resources to help or made funding available to provide relief, information on some of these can be found below.


Paerangi is a new website www.paerangi.nz being launched for whānau hauā. It was created by three Māori organisations that are committed to ensuring whānau Māori are better informed and prepared about COVID-19.

Te Rōpu Whakakaupapa Urutā

Te Rōpu Whakakaupapa Urutā – the National Māori Pandemic Group –  has a website http://www.uruta.maori.nz/ that contains information and resources specifically for whānau and iwi Māori about the COVID-19 pandemic. This information has been developed by leading Māori medical experts for whānau Māori.

Creative New Zealand

Creative New Zealand has announced an Emergency Response Package to COVID-19 to support the arts community. It includes a first phase $16 million investment that will open on 14 April and be distributed to the sector to 30 June 2020.

There will be further announcements about Phase two in due course. Go to https://www.creativenz.govt.nz/news/covid-19-cnz-response for more information.