IMPORTANT INFORMATION" COVID-19

26 Poutūterangi 2020

Tapuika Iwi Authority (TIA) COVID-19 Forum

Tena koutou katoa ngā uri o Tapuika
Tapuika whānau, hapū, Marae
Tapuika whanui 
Tapuika
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 https://covid19.govt.nz/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI8cDgzrq26AIVE62WCh36fAsCEAAYASAAEgL-rfD_BwE.

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
isolation. 
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     Dean.Flavell@tauranga.govt.nz

Ngāti Moko – Hori Ahomiro      hori.ahomiro55@gmail.com

Ngāti Kuri – Heketu Roberts      heketuaroberts@gmail.com

Ngāti Marukukere – Vance Skudder skudderv@gmail.com

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 www.ngakakano.org.nz 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 https://www.countdown.co.nz/ 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
Chair
Tapuika iwi Authority

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)

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