We are now living our lives at work, home and in the community, with the reality of a global pandemic, COVID-19.

This is an extraordinary event, with an uncertain timeframe.  So, we must take special precautions to keep our whanau and ourselves safe from unnecessary risk and exposure to this new flu.

Kia mataara whanau! 

27 March 2020 - Listen to Chairman Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou Selwyn Parata. One confirmed case of covid19 in Te Tairawhiti.

27 March 2020 - Important Panui #3 MEDIA STATEMENT TRONPnui CHAIR  click to view

25 March 2020 - Tairawhiti Iwi-led COVID-19 Response Plan

25 March 2020 - Important Panui #2 - Click link to view updated Panui

24 March 2020 - Important Panui #1 - Click link to view updated Panui

25 March 2020 - Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou Level 4 Containment Measures for COVID-19



22 March 2020 - Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou Response to COVID-19



What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a new virus that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a type of coronavirus. There are simple steps you can take to protect you, your family and whānau. 

What are the symptoms? 

The symptoms of COVID-19 are: 

  • a fever (at least 38°C)  
  • a cough 
  • shortness of breath.

These symptoms do not necessarily mean you have COVID-19. The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as colds and flu. 

Time for symptoms to appear

We’re still learning about COVID-19. We don’t yet know how long symptoms take to show after a person has been infected. Current evidence suggests it is 2–10 days. 

How it spreads

Like the flu, COVID-19 can be transmitted from person to person. The scientific evidence confirms that COVID-19 is spread by droplets. When an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks, they may generate droplets containing the virus. These droplets are too large to stay in the air for long, so they quickly settle on surrounding surfaces.

People may get infected by the virus if they touch those surfaces or objects, and then touch their mouth, nose or eyes. 

That’s why it’s really important to use good hygiene, regularly wash and thoroughly dry your hands, and use good cough and sneeze etiquette. 

Together we can slow the spread.

Please head to the government website it has everything you need to know about COVID-19 in one place. Learn the simple steps you can take to unite against the virus and slow its spread. Find out what help is available and get the latest updates. 

If you’re not sure who to contact for help, call the free government helpline on 0800 779 997 (8am–1am, 7 days a week).

Got symptoms? 
Call your GP before you visit. Or call Healthline on 0800 358 5453.