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Information on support and services available


These pages are not being updated. Announced in September 2021, Te Puni Kōkiri is providing a one-stop source of information on COVID, the vaccine roll-out and where to go for support for Te Ao Māori.

Please check our archive page for earlier conversations, interviews and commentaries supporting our whānau.


How do we talk to our tamariki about COVID-19? Join Scotty Morrison, Nathan Wallis and Dr Jason Tūhoe on Marae as they talk about how we can support our tamariki in navigating our new COVID-19 reality.

PhoneMSD has provided a handy resource about where you can go for services and support, what you can get help with, and contact information during the COVID-19 emergency.

A new digital platform created by Māori organisations, Paerangi is an online information and referral centre designed specifically for whānau hauā (whānau with impairments), ngā marae and kaumātua. It offers website, social media and telecommunications for COVID-19 official information and a directory of support services in Tāmaki Makaurau | Auckland. Information is in audio and text conversational English, Te Reo and NZ Sign Language. There is also a support/information phone line, 0800 100 132.



A new short video on seeking help for family violence is now available online in both te reo Māori and English.

In July, ECE Voice hosted a series of nine online professional development webinars based around Matariki and Kaupapa Māori. While aimed at the ECE sector, these webinars can also be used by our whānau who can learn how to support and nourish our tamariki by utilising traditional Māori knowledge. Join Mihi Tibble, Liz Harte, Professor Rawinia Higgins, India Logan-Riley, Professor Helen May, Hazel Meadows, Professor Rangi Matamua and Kassie Hartendorp.

The Whānau Guide to COVID-19 is a daily Facebook Live series supported by Counties Manukau District Health Board to help provide information on how to keep your whānau safe from COVID-19.

Ōtara Kai Village is responding to the additional pressures that COVID-19 has placed on our whānau by providing free medical masks and takeaway dinners for whānau in need.  Alongside the amazing mahi they provide, they share updated information on where you can go for additional support. Unite against COVID-19 have also created a handy flowchart on where to get support for accessing food or financial assistance.


Tāmaki Makaurau has responded to the confirmed cases of COVID-19 by providing community COVID-19 testing sites within the region. This is a list of all the places to get your test in Auckland. Go to the government COVID-19 website for testing sites in Northland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Rotorua and Taupō. If you have cold or flu symptoms, you should call your doctor, iwi health provider or Healthline. They will let you know if you should have a COVID-19 test. NZ Herald provide this video of Dr Ashley Bloomfield showing how it’s done. Find more details on Community Testing Centres in Auckland on the government COVID-19 website.


Hey bro posterIf you’re feeling anxious, down or a bit overwhelmed you can talk to (or text with) a trained counsellor for free by calling or texting 1737 anytime, 24 hours a day.

Lockdown can put pressure on us as we try and manage being parents and partners while trying to work. 0800 Hey Bro | 0800 439 276 is a 24/7 support line for tāne needing someone to talk to.

The Ministry of Health – Manatū Hauora provides this video - Building resilience - to support our mental hauora while we fight COVID-19.


Stay connected with The Salvation Army Māori Ministry offering Me Waiata Tahi every Rātapu at 6pm. Join them in song via Facebook live. On their website you can find additional supports and services.


While COVID-19 has taken a toll on people's jobs, a Māori recruitment agency, Hei tā Mana Recruitment Agency, says there's no shortage of Māori focused jobs, Te Karere has this story. The idea of Māori focused jobs is not new, with Vodafone revealing a policy in July 2020 acknowledging the worldwide recognition and value of Te Ao Māori for New Zealand brands. While there always exists the challenge in the perceived appropriation of tikanga for financial gain, this article acknowledges the unpaid role Māori often hold within organisations of being the go-to-Māori for all things Māori. The article additionally highlights the importance of implementing cultural capability and obligations to Treaty partnership throughout organisational structures. Spinoff has this story in both English and Te Reo.

StudentsAs New Zealand continues to respond to the financial impacts of COVID-19 and the widespread loss of employment, the government has redesigned its fees free training (TTAF) within specific industries where demand from employers has been identified as continuing to stay strong or grow. This is a great opportunity for Māori to access free further education, as financial constraints are often a significant barrier for Māori. An article from Te Ao Māori News shares how Māori tauira see this pathway as better suited to them and their hope that other Māori will join them on this journey. What will be interesting to see is how education providers respond to the obligation of supporting Maori tauira to achieve academic parity with non-Māori. Within TEC funding obligations, tertiary providers are expected to achieve parity for Māori students. A 2018 article by Dr Pii-Tuulia Nikula and Professor Kay Morris Matthews focused on the Zero Fees structure introduced in 2018. The results of this study suggest that free fees study did little to address the additional impacts for Māori tauira preventing their academic success. What will the future bring for Māori tauira within this space?

Te Puni Kōkiri reports on Jobloads, an innovative new Māori tech app created during lockdown. Jobloads connects pre-verified workers with horticulture industry jobs. At its helm is Candice Pardy (Ngāi Tāmanuhiri and Ngāti Porou) whose business idea came from challenges she faced finding a reliable labour supply for her Gisborne persimmon orchard. Jobloads integrates a kaupapa Māori base and whānau-centred approach within their business model.


Toi Te Kupu is a free Reo dictionary about kai, cooking, our body and mind, developed by Toi Tangata and the Heart Foundation. We know from Māori health statistics that Māori have a shorter life expectancy then their non-Māori counterparts, so let’s teach our tamariki good heart habits so they can live a long and healthy lifetime. A revised addition has been released in time for Wiki o Te Reo Maori.

Te Ao Māori News shares this kōrero from Dr Ainsleigh Crib-Su’a who recommends changing the kōrero from social distancing to physical distancing. The clinical consultant at Fresh Minds Enterprise offers ideas on how to support our young people to moderate digital use and stay connected while we are restricted in our movements.


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