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Important information from our Board Chair

Tēnā koutou e ngā uri o Ngāti Whātua. Please find the governments official website with all the latest updates, research and advice in regards to the COVID-19 Coronavirus. Te Hā Oranga will be sharing updates daily and as appropriate. The Frequently Asked Questions page: answers a lot of the common questions whānau have. Healthline are available on 0800 611 116 free of charge or visit their website: Te Hā Oranga have our website: and we aim to start providing updates including what care and manaaki we can offer to our kaumātua and other with diabetes, respiratory conditions and other heart conditions, including a phone call as part of our welfare package. In the meantime, our staff at 0800 MY TE HA (0800 698 342) is our phone number for any further questions you might have that have not been answered by any of the previous websites. The main thing we are asking is for our whānau to stay safe, look after each other and follow all the health advice given by the Ministry of Health and others. Part of the kōrero from the Rūnanga Board Chair, Dame Whaea Naida Glavish is as per below: Things we can do The following are some base tikanga that all of us can follow to support the huge efforts being put into ensuring there is no community spread of the virus that includes: 1. Hoiroia ō ringaringa - wash your hands 2. Noho ki te kāinga. If you don’t need to travel overseas, then don’t. 3. Ki te māuiui koe, noho ki te kāinga anō. If you’re sick, stay home. 4. Matihei ki ō tuketuke. If you sneeze, do it into your elbow 5. Takahia te tikanga, kia ora ai te tikanga. Find alternatives to handshakes, hugs, and hongi - this is counter to who we are as an Iwi, but the best thing we can do, right now, is to show love and affection to one another. To reiterate - takahia te tikanga, kia ora ai te tikanga 6. Tiakina ō tātou kaumātua. Please be mindful of our kaumātua. Check in on them, but if you’re sick, keep your distance. Mauri ora ki a koutou katoa.