26 Poutūterangi 2020

Tapuika Iwi Authority (TIA) COVID-19 Forum

Tena koutou katoa ngā uri o Tapuika
Tapuika whānau, hapū, Marae
Tapuika whanui 
turi paru                                           

Pai mārire ki a tātou.

Nau mai haere mai, titiro mai ki tenei wānanga ipurangi, the first in a series of regular online updates and information sharing from the haukainga to help whanau remain well as we enter COVID-19 Level 4
National State of Emergency.

Covid-19 Enquiries
 If you or your whānau member think you have been infected call NZ Covid 19 Healthline 08000 358 5453 OR call your GP don’t just show up at the GP Practice or Community Based Assessment Centre in your locality.

1. COVID-19 Update
As at 12 midnight last night (25 Poutūterangi) New Zealand entered a Covid – 19, Level 4 State of Emergency.

a. What does this mean for the whanau?
You must stay at home with those you are living with.

You can still go to the supermarket, exercise, take walks and receive essential services but you must not interact with people or whanau outside of those you live with while doing so.

b. How long is the State of National State of Emergency likely to last?
This is likely to last up to 4 weeks.

c. What are essential services?
Services that are necessary to maintain, protect the health and safety of people e.g
• Doctors, pharmacy, ambulance, funeral homes, vet
• Supermarkets, gas stations, waste removal

 For a full list of essential services and up to dat e official information on Covid-19 go to

2. Te Haukainga News 
a. Marae & Tangihanga   
All Tapuika Marae are closed for hui and tangihanga to ensure that Corona-19 is not spread.  At the haukainga our koeke (60+) who have been identified as being part of the most vulnerable are in self
We encourage the whanau to avoid the use of Marae as a gathering place. For further information regarding our Tapuika marae and tangihanga please contact the following TIA hapu Trustees:

Ngāti Tuheke – Dean Flavell

Ngāti Moko – Hori Ahomiro

Ngāti Kuri – Heketu Roberts

Ngāti Marukukere – Vance Skudder

b. Wrap Around Health & Community Support Services
The Tapuika Iwi Authority is working together with our Tapuika Hauora Provider Ngā Kākano Foundation to provide you with the latest information on what is happening within Te takapu o Tapuika.

i. GP Consults (Tauranga - Western Bay of Plenty area)
If you need to see your Doctor, require a script please call your GP, for a GP consult via telephone. If you are having a medical emergency please call your GP Practice immediately. They are open and will provide you with assistance and advice. As the phone lines have been unstable throughout the country, you can also text Ngā Kākano on 027 554 1118.

ii. Scripts
Your local pharmacy remains open during normal working hours to provide you with any medications you may require.  All GPs are now only able to prescribe medciation for you for the next month to ensure its available for everyone when needed.

iii. Community Based Assessment Centre (CBAC) Tauranga Race Course
The CBAC is open from 09:00am- 07:00pm 7 days per week to test for COVID-19. Please note you must be referred to the CBAC by your GP.  This is not a walk in centre, whanau are encouraged to arrive by private vehicle only. Ngā Kākano Foundation has petrol vouchers available should you require assistance with petrol costs for travel to the CBAC. 
Please note if you do not have a vehicle or a driver from your own household please phone Ngā Kākano Foundation 07 5730 660 for transport assistance.

iv. Packages of Care
Ngā Kākano Foundation will be shortly delivering drop off packages of care to our koeke (60+) living alone and our most vulnerable whānau  i.e. those identified with diabetes, heart condition, CVD,  asthma/respiratory conditions and other health conditions in Te Puke. Please  go to the Ngā
Kākano Facebook (FB @NgakakanoFoundation) or website for further information on the package of care.

In addition there will be regular weekly follow up by the Ngā Kākano health professionals to our most vulnerable whānau living in Te Puke community.

v. Whānau Ora  Care Plan   
Along with the packages of care, Ngā Kākano Community health workers can establish a Whānau Ora Emergency Response Plan with whānau.  They will also be doing a mail drop off to those Tapuika whānau who may require additional support. If you would like to put whānau forward for added assistance, please message the NKF FB, or call or text details to Vicki McNeill 027 554 1138 or 06 573 0660.

vi. Benefits
All MSD offices are closed to clients. People will need to go online to MSD to make applications. If benefits have stopped for any reason Te Puke clients should contact their own case manager either online or via telephone.

Sickness / Invalid Benefits: Clients do not have to undertake a medical to ensure you remain eligible for the benefit as there is an automatic 6 months extension to the benefit.

vii. Countdown and New World online shopping
Both Countdown and New World have priority online shopping for whānau who are over 70 years or vulnerable due to chronic illnesses or disability. You can register for this online at Countdown at Countdown are still delivering kai but ask you order 4-5 days before you need the kai delivered.

For New World, you need to note priority assistance in the notes/comments section when you process your order online. Deliveries are possible but again order early.

Ngā Kākano has staff are ready to assist any Koeke or whānau without internet who need assistance to order kai, or picking up kai. Please message the NKF FB or call or text 027 502 0868 for assistance.

For further information on Tapuika Haukainga Wrap Around Health & Community Support Services please go to the Ngā Kākano website or facebook.

Keep well whānau. To our community support healthworkforce Kia Kaha.

Dr Bryce Kihirini
Tapuika iwi Authority

Kaupapa Māori community based assessment clinic

A Kaupapa Māori community based assessment clinic will be at Moko Marae on Tuesday from 10am – 2pm. 

The name of the kaupapa is Te Apārangi Tūpore and is a partnership between Kaupapa Māori Provider Ngā Kākano, Tapuika, supported by the DHB, WBPHO and NMO.  The mobile unit, Pahi Tahi will have a doctor, a nurse, and a NKF whānau navigator to help you if you need to be assessed for COVID-19. We will be able to test for the virus, as well as give you more information about resources and support you can access to get you and your whānau through Alert level 4. 

If your whānau member is suffering from the following symptoms, come and see us:

  • a fever or are short of breath
  • have a cough or sore throat

This is a drive through service so come in your car, with people from your bubble only. Pahi Tahi will be at Moko Marae, Waitangi on Tuesday 7 April from 10am to 2pm. Mā tatou katoa ka ārai atu i te COVID-19

Official Tikanga Guidelines

Kia ora ano ra tatou e nga uri o Tapuika, Ko te tumanako, kai te noho pai tonu koutou katoa ko te whanau.
Please find attached the official tangihanga guidelines during Alert Level 4 Covid Pandemic.

Tangihanga Process

(with acknowledgement to Tainui Waikato for providing source information)

Information for a suspected case who is not tested:

You have been seen by a doctor or nurse who thinks you have symptoms of COVID-19 but has decided not to do a test for COVID-19.
It is very important that you are in self-isolation and follow the instructions on this information sheet to protect yourself and others.

Ministry of Social Development Services During COVID-19 Level 4 Lockdown:

As a result of the COVID-19 Level 4 Lockdown the following information and announcements have been made:

1. Benefits

  • All benefits will continue to be paid automatically for 6 months
  • Sickness/Invalid Benefit – a medical consult is not required

2. Hardship Support

Whanau struggling during the COVID -19 Lockdown can apply for a Hardship Support Grant

Apply online:

3. Loss of Job

If you have lost your job, can’t work at the moment or your income has been reduced, you may be able to get a benefit or some other financial help from Work and Income.

You may be able to get help with urgent expenses like:

  • food
  • accommodation costs (rent, mortgage, board)
  • power, gas and water bills or heating
  • medical and dental costs

You can find more information about financial support (including criteria) by contacting Work and Income online at

COVID-19 Wage Subsidy for Employers

Who may apply for the Wage Subsidy:

  • Employers
  • Contractors
  • Sole traders / Self Employed
  • Registered charities
  • NGOs
  • the self-employed and sole traders
  • contractors
  • registered charities
  • incorporated societies, and
  • post-settlement governance entities.

As at 27 March 2020, the Government has made modifications to the wage subsidy scheme to ensure people don’t lose their jobs during the national lockdown.


  • Businesses must be registered and operating in New Zealand
  • Employees are legally working in New Zealand
  • The business has experienced a minimum 30% decline in actual or predicted revenue over the period of a month, when compared with the same month last year, and that decline is related to COVID-19.
  • There are special rules for new businesses and high-growth firms
  • Businesses accessing the scheme must still undertake best endeavors to pay employees 80% of their pre-COVID income.
  • Where that is not possible – in particular where a business has no activity whatsoever due to the shutdown and workers are not working any hours – they must pass on at least the whole value of the wage subsidy to each affected worker.
  •  Businesses must undertake to keep employees in employment for the period of the subsidy.
  • Government is incorporating the previous sick leave scheme into this scheme to prevent double-dipping.

The COVID-19 Wage Subsidy will be a 12 week bulk payment at the following flat rate of:

  • $585.80 per employee working 20 hours or more per week
  • $350.00 per employee working less than 20 hours per week.

For further information on the Wage Subsidy Scheme go to:

MSD Contacts:

Online applications: 

Telephone:       Under 65 years of age   0800 5599 009

                          65 years +                     0800 5520 02  

NB : Depending on volume there could be a significant wait before being connected via telephone

Tihei Mauriora!

E nga maunga, e nga moana, e nga iwi, whakaputa noa ki te ao, tenei te mihi maioha kia koutou. Nau mai, haere mai ki tenei ipurangi o Tapuika. He kete tenei kua kikia ki nga korero o Tapuika ara a kuia ma, a koro ma kua mene ki te po. Kei roto hoki nga korerorero mo te haukainga. No reira, kia kaha e te whanau ki te whai pakiaka ki roto i te oneone me te paruparu o te takapu o Tapuika.

Na Ateremu McNeill  
Deputy Chair
Tapuika Iwi Authority / Tapuika Fisheries Trust

Welcome to the website of Tapuika Iwi

The website will be an important communication tool to update our iwi members on the latest events and happenings for Tapuika not only within the noho kainga but also nationally and globally.

Check out the Tapuika Calendar and Panui for the latest happenings.

For those of you who have events or item you wish to place on the panui board please send your information to  

Over time it is hoped to include on the website aspects of our traditions and customs. What will be contained in this section is our perspective of who we are and what is important to us as Tapuika.


If you or your children are not on the Tapuika Iwi Register you may be missing out on the opportunities offered to our members. You can register online.

If your child is 18 years and over they will need to complete a separate registration form.  

Mauri tu, Mauri Ora



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