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    COVID-19 support

    Updated 2 November

    Tēnā tātou e te whanau. This page explains some of your options for support during this time and links to official information.

    Contact us

    We are here for you and ready to assist.
    0800 642 847

    Read full Covid-19  information from Te Waiora - Nelson Marlborough Health

    Read advice in Te Reo Māori from

    We are at Alert Level 1

    Aotearoa is at Alert Level 1.

    Alert Level 1 information

    • Practice good hygiene - stay home if sick.

    Keep track of where you have been

    The Ministry of Health has launched its official contact tracing app called NZ COVID Tracer. It is available for download on both Google and Apple online stores.

    Visit the NZ COVID Tracer webpage.

    Visit for the latest information

    Where to get tested

    1. At your regular GP clinic or iwi healthcare provider
    2. At an after-hours medical centre, listed on the Nelson Marlborough Heatlh website at:

    About COVID-19 asymptomatic testing during Alert Level 1

    • Testing is free – regardless of citizenship or visa status.
    • You do not need to be enrolled with a general practice.
    • You do not need to self-isolate after the sort of asymptomatic testing described here.
    • Results are usually available within 48 hours.

    Covid-19 information for parents and whānau from the Ministry of Education

    If you have any questions about tamariki going to kura or school events, read the Ministry of Education website

    Whanake: Job and training opportunities

    We regularly update our page of job and training opportunities.

    Mauri Ora fund

    Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Rārua uses the Mauri Ora fund to support whānau to hold wānanga on whakapapa, reo me ōna tikanga and other activities. You can apply for up to $5,000+GST at any time.

    Read more about the Mauri Ora Fund

    Regional Business network - support for whānau business

    Are you a business owner of a small to medium enterprise? If you could get up to $5000 approved funding for professional advisory services, and it was an easy straight forward process would you apply for this funding?

    If you said yes to both continue reading.

    Kaupapa Atawhai

    Are you or your whānau struggling due to COVID-19?

    Kaupapa Atawhai has been created to provide some immediate assistance to our most vulnerable whānau who have been impacted by COVID-19 and the resulting government restrictions.

    It is designed to support those in need, such as:
    - Kaumātua
    - People who are unwell
    - People who have lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 restrictions.

    Kaupapa Atawhai is a joint project between:
    Ngāti Koata Trust
    Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Rārua
    Ngāti Tama ki Te Waipounamu Trust
    Ngāti Rārua Ātiawa Iwi Trust
    Wakatū Incorporation

    Apply online

    Learn more and apply to Kaupapa Atawhai

    Accommodation and assistance

    If people have an urgent need for accommodation, then they can call MBIE Temporary Accommodation Service on 0508 754 163.

    If financial assistance is required to use that accommodation, then call MSD on 0800 559 009.

    Other important phone numbers include:

    • Call the free government helpline  0800 779 997 or on 0800 22 66 57 (8am–1am, 7 days a week).
    • Call or text 1737 – free, anytime – to talk with a trained counsellor
    • Call Healthline 0800 358 5453
    • Call your local GP
    • Call 111 in an emergency

    Funding for community groups

    The Community Capability and Resilience Fund is a  $36 million fund is available from 1 August 2020 to support community  initiatives that support the rebuild and recovery from COVID-19.

    Read more on the MSD website

    Virtual karakia Monday nights at 7pm

    E te whānau, please join us online every Monday night for a combined Te Tauihu virtual karakia.

    This was instigated last week as part of the temporary change in tikanga around tangihanga. It was so lovely to see faces from across the rohe, so it’s been decided to run it every Monday night at 7pm.

    Here’s Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō cultural advisor and Omaka Marae general manager Kiley Nepia to tell you all about it.

    Click on the image to hear from Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō cultural advisor and Omaka Marae general manager Kiley Nepia.

    Anyone with a connection to Te Tauihu is welcome to join. All you need is a phone or computer – and just make sure you have downloaded the Zoom software.

    When: Every Monday at 7pm
    Meeting ID: 342520144

    Mauri ora!

    Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Rārua

    Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Rārua

    15 Kinross Street, Blenheim, New Zealand, Phone: +64 (03) 5778468, E-mail:

    COVID-19 support