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Life in Alert Level 1

"How's life for the disability community" - survey feedback 

The survey results show that most of the people participating in the survey have managed well with the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey is one important source of information.  Care needs to be taken so that the overall results for most people does not mask the real difficulties and issues that some disabled people experienced.   

The information from the surveys has been important and sits alongside  the range of other mechanisms established during COVID-19 to identify risks/issues and actions to respond to those issues and risks.

A statement from Minister Sepuloni and results of the survey can be found here.


Published 10 June 2020

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Golden rules for everyone at Alert Level 1

While the risk of exposure to COVID-19 is now low, there are some Golden Rules we should all follow to help prevent future spread.

  1. If you’re sick, stay home. Don’t go to work or school. Don’t socialise.
  2. If you have cold or flu symptoms call your doctor or Healthline and make sure you get tested.
  3. Wash your hands. Wash your hands. Wash your hands.
  4. Sneeze and cough into your elbow, and regularly disinfect shared surfaces.
  5. If you are told by health authorities to self-isolate you must do so immediately.
  6. If you’re concerned about your wellbeing, or have underlying health conditions, work with your GP to understand how best to stay healthy.
  7. Keep track of where you’ve been, when and who you’ve seen to help contact tracing if needed. Use the NZ COVID Tracer app as a handy way of doing this.
  8. Businesses should help people keep track of their movements by displaying the Ministry of Health QR Code for contact tracing.
  9. Stay vigilant. There is still a global pandemic going on. People and businesses should be prepared to act fast to step up alert levels if we have to.
  10. People will have had different experiences over the last couple of months. Whatever you’re feeling — it’s okay. Be kind to others. Be kind to yourself.

There are no physical distancing requirements at Alert Level 1. You can still play it safe by continuing to keep a distance from people you don’t know. Use your judgement. The more space there is between you and others, the harder it is for COVID-19 to spread. Visit the Ministry of Health website for more information.


Published 9 June 2020

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NZ COVID Tracer app

NZ COVID Tracer helps you protect yourself, your friends, your whānau and your community by enabling faster contact tracing.

Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield says the government's new coronavirus contact tracing app will not force people to part with sensitive information.

People who download the app will enter information that will be stored on the user's phone.

They can then choose to release it to health agencies, but they will not be compelled to.

The app has a feature that scans QR codes when people enter businesses, but nothing is released automatically.


Published 20 May 2020


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Online Group in Mandarin to support your Mental Wellbeing

25 May to 15 June

Runs Mondays and Wednesdays

10:30 am – 11:30 am

Hearts and Minds, in partnership with Asian Family services, is pleased to offer a FREE online Wellbeing Group for the Chinese community. The Group will be facilitated in Mandarin by a qualified counsellor from Asian Family Services. Community members can be referred by a Health Professional or can self-refer.

Find out more by visiting Hearts and Minds


Published 20 May 2020

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Healthline contact links for the deaf community

The deaf community can continue to contact Healthline for COVID-19 health information and support. 

Here are the ways you can access their service: 

  • The NZ Relay Service and the Video Interpreting Service can be used to contact the Healthline COVID-19 telephone service - 0800 348 5453, or +64 9 358 5458 from overseas SIMs. If these systems don’t work for you, and you are with a hearing person that you trust, Healthline staff will work with them as your advocate.  
  • Fax on 09 377 6247 (e-mail and fax are monitored round the clock, but you may not get an immediate response).
  • Facebook Messenger through their Facebook page (monitored 7am – 11pm every day). 

Watch this video from Healthline for more information. 


Published 13 May 2020

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Alert Level 2 - Reduce

Covid.govt.nz has information on what life and business will look like at Alert Level 2 when we move to it.

Detailed information about health and disability services will be available soon. 


Published 11 May 2020


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Voluntary flu tracking survey available 

FluTracking is an online survey which asks if you have had a fever or cough in the last week and helps us track COVID-19, too. Remember, this is voluntary. You can register online and help the Government monitor flu and COVID-19 symptoms throughout NZ!


Published 6 May 2020

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Medicines delivered to your home

Pilldrop.co.nz is a full service digital pharmacy. They offer free medicines and delivery for standard prescriptions for children 0-14 years old, 65 year olds and up, and under 65 year olds with 4 regular medications. 

You can also look into Zoom Pharmacy to deliver your medicine to you for free. 

Talk to your GP or nurse for more information on how their services works. 


Reviewed 3 June 2020

Published 6 May 2020


An app that shows you social services nearest you

Myrivr app provides a list of health and social services you can access in your community. For example, if you need help with accommodation or access to food parcels, the app can locate the agency or charity you can go to for support. 

You can also use the app to make a referral for yourself or any of your family/whanau members to any of the providers listed on the app. Then, you can track the progress of your referral. You can download the app on your Android or iPhone.  


Published 5 May 2020

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Do you want to tell your story to Attitude TV?

Attitude TV is a weekly programme that features the lives of people living with disabilities. Let us know if you're interested to tell your story about your life, your goal, unique interests, your experience navigating the health and disability sector and even your journey with us.

Contact us at communications@taikura.org.nz


Published 5 May 2020

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Level 3 advice in 28 languages

Covid-19 factsheets are available in 28 languages. Check this website again in a few days for Level 2 information in your language. 


Published 5 May 2020


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Where to get food parcels

Go to foodbank.co.nz for a list of foodbanks in Auckland. 

You can also call the phone directory on 018 to find out the contact number for your local foodbank. 

Whanau Ora agencies are supplied with health and hygiene packs, and some are also providing food parcels. There is high demand for these items, so please call the service nearest you first to check if you can pick up supplies. 


Published 1 May 2020



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Covid-19 advice for Māori

Uruta.maori.co.nz provides information and resources specifically for Māori about the COVID-19 pandemic. This information has been developed by Māori medical experts for whānau Māori.


Published 1 May 2020

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Alert Level 3 for disabled people

Advice on getting food and medicine during Alert Level 3, looking after your well being, and a really easy way to get in touch with your local foodbank. Read the full details on the Ministry of Health website.


Published 29 April 2020

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Advice from the Ministry of Health on contact tracing

As we step down to Alert Level 3, we're all excited to return to something a little closer to normal life. But COVID-19 is still a threat and it's important not to be complacent. There are a few ways you can help contact tracers.
  • Keep a log of your daily interactions -- who you've gotten close to, places you've been.
  • Make sure your GP or primary care provider has your updated contact details so contact tracers can easily reach you.
  • If you get a call from 09 801 3010 or 09 302 0408, make sure you answer. These are numbers contact tracers and Healthline will use to get in touch.


Published 29 April 2020

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Mobile COVID-19 testing service now available

A mobile COVID-19 testing service is now available to those that have difficulty accessing Community-Based Assessment Centres (CBACs) or designated practices for COVID-19 swabbing.

Phone 0800COVIDVAN or 0800 2684 3826 for mobile COVID-19 testing service. 

The service is available Monday to Friday, 9am-3pm, Saturday 9am-1pm. 

Referral Criteria

  • A person who fits current case definition with symptoms (other household members who are asymptomatic will also be offered swabbing)


  • A person who is unable to access a CBAC or other testing site OR
  • A person who is a resident at an Aged Residential Care facility/Hospice and the usual primary care provider is not able to provide a swabbing service OR
  • A person referred by a Māori or Pacific provider OR
  • A person referred by Kainga Ora (previously known as Housing NZ) OR
  • A person referred by IMT Welfare due to identified need

To get the latest primary care communications updates, sign up to Medinz. 


Published 22 April 2020

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Special Pacific broadcast raising COVID-19 awareness

Tune into TV3 every Friday at 4pm to hear COVID-19 updates for Pacific Peoples. You can also catch the weekly updates on the Ministry for Pacific Peoples Facebook and YouTube pages. 


Published 22 April 2020

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What does life on Level 3 look like? 

The Government has announced New Zealand will move out of Alert Level 4 lockdown at 11.59pm on Monday 27 April. We are still in Alert Level 4 until then.

We will all hold at Alert Level 3 for two weeks, before Cabinet reviews how we are tracking and makes further decisions on 11 May.

At Alert Level 3 we will need to be even more vigilant. All of us will need to unite against COVID-19 by sticking to the rules.

The Government has released more information on how Alert Level 3 will work. They talk about the rules we need to follow when we move from Level 4 to Level 3, so that all the good work our nation has done over the past weeks to stop the spread of COVID-19 is not wasted. 

This includes what people who are vulnerable need to do, what gatherings are allowed, staying safe and well, and other essential information. 


Published 20 April 2020

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Join the COVID-19 surge workforce

The Ministry of Health is seeking expressions of interest from health and care support workers who are looking for paid work, or health organisations who need to employ extra workers as part of the response to COVID-19.

Training will be provided by your employer, and there are a number of roles available including contact and non-contact roles.

So far, the Ministry has had applications from:

  • Doctors
  • Nurses
  • Midwives
  • Medical Laboratory Scientists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Health care assistants
  • Care workers

Visit the Ministry website to register your expression of interest, or to log a workforce request


Publish 20 April 2020


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Getting Through Together

We're all doing our part to protect our family, whanau and communities from COVID-19. But we also need to take time to protect our mental wellbeing during these times. 

Getting Through Together is a national mental health and wellbeing campaign brought to you by the team at All Right? and the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand. It's a really cool online and NZ-focused resource with heaps of great ideas, activities and articles that are all about looking after ourselves and whanau during these unprecedented times. 

Some of our favourite Getting Through Together ideas:

  • Downtime Dice - it's powered by you! 
  • Parenting guides - includes how to keep kids calm and help kids with differences & diagnoses.
  • Strengths finder - a 15-minute online test that helps you discover your character strengths. Using your character strengths can have a positive impact on your happiness, relationships and life satisfaction. 

Check it out now.


Published 14 April 2020

"Isolation not isolated"

Food deliveries, packed meals and food parcels 

We've compiled a list of food delivery options, online food shopping options, boxed meal deliveries and where you can get food parcels if needed.


Published 4 April 2020

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Activities you can do in your bubble

While the list is not extensive, there are ideas for everyone – intellectually or physically disabled people, visually impaired people, young or old. There are a range of online options that don’t require much else; however, you will need to determine whether you have the resources available to do some of the activities. Give these activities a go now! 

If you have other ideas or suggestions on how to keep people entertained, active or relaxed during lockdown, please email us at communications@taikura.org.nz and we'll be happy to share it here.


Published 3 April 2020

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Feeling stressed, worried, scared or depressed?

We recognise that current circumstances are challenging, making many of us feel anxious, sad, alone, scared or confused. We encourage you to reach out to any one of the free and confidential support lines listed here. They will take you seriously, listen to you and support you.


Published 3 April 2020


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Are you still reaching out to your GP for your health concerns? 

Although this is a busy time for our health system, please look after yourself before your health concerns become critical. This means staying on top of any existing health conditions that you may have and reaching out to your GP if you're unwell. 

Remember, there are lots of community based COVID-19 assessments centres out there focused on identifying who has COVID-19. They help put the pressure off GP clinics and emergency departments so they can continue to accommodate communities. 

For general guidance on COVID-19, the Ministry of Health has good information and resources on how to stay safe: www.COVID19.govt.nz.


Published 3 April 2020

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How do you talk about COVID-19 to people with intellectual disabilities?

How can you support people with intellectual disabilities to understand what is happening and to cope with the sudden changes in their lives? Open Future Learning gives five hints and tips.


Published 3 April 2020