Covid-19 and Vaccine Information

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Adapting to life with Covid-19

Learning to live with Covid-19 has been a disruptive and challenging experience for many of our whānau, hapū and Iwi.

From daily restrictions to lockdowns, we have all had to find new ways to adapt to life with the pandemic.

The threat of Covid-19 has sadly meant that we have not been able to be together to mark a number of significant occasions as an Iwi, including tangihanga, Pākaitore celebrations, Tira Hoe Waka or the induction ceremony for the new Te Pou Tupua.

We know that these are stressful times for everyone. If you have concerns and need support, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will do our best to help you. 

You can call us on 0800 AWA TUPUA or email us at 

To prepare for the future, look to the teaching of our ancestors. Our ancestors survived adversity because they were prepared. Talk about your plan to care and protect your whānau today so we can get through this. He manawa nui ki te ao - koia!

Sheena Maru, Ngā Tāngata Tiaki o Whanganui Chairperson

All of Aotearoa is at Alert Level 2, apart from Auckland

At Alert Level 2, the following rules apply:

  • At Alert Level 2, there are no restrictions on who can be included in your household bubble.
  • You can go to work, and all businesses and services can open but legally must follow public health rules.
  • Early learning services, schools, kura and tertiary education facilities are open to everyone.
  • You must wear a mask when indoors at public places and on public transport.
  • Keep a record of where you go or use the Covid-19 QR scanning app.
  • Even if you have been vaccinated, you still need to follow the rules to keep everyone safe.

We are getting through this whānau but at Alert Level 2 – there’s still work to do. 

Everyone has a part to play in stopping the spread. This means staying home and calling Healthline on 0800 358 5453 if you have symptoms to get a test.

Get your vaccine today

The COVID-19 vaccination roll-out is currently underway in Aotearoa. Te Ranga Tupua Iwi Collective is encouraging uri of Whanganui Iwi to be vaccinated as an important step to keep our whānau protected from Covid-19.

The vaccine is now available to everyone over the age of 12 - it is free and easy. 

Most clinics you can walk in to - no need to book. Otherwise you can call 0800 28 29 26 or visit the website Book My vaccine.

In Whanganui and neighbouring rohe, you can call Te Oranganui to book your vaccine on 0800 202 404.

The roll out programme in Whanganui and neighbouring rohe is a collaborative effort by Māori health leaders, Te Oranganui Trust, Whanganui District Health Board, Whanganui Regional Health Service, Hauora-ā-Iwi, National Hauora Coalition.

There is a lot of misinformation out there about the vaccine. It is our individual responsibility as whānau, hapū and iwi to make sure we are accessing reliable information from trusted sources.

We have created this page to provide you and your whānau with reliable information to make informed decisions about the vaccine.

As Te Ranga Tupua, the iwi collective, we're definitely encouraging our people to take their whānau in to get the immunisation. I think our people are starting to realise this is serious and we need to be immunising our whānau. I do encourage our whānau to get out there, take the lead, and lead by example.

Te Ranga Tupua spokesman Pahia Turia, chair of Ngā Wairiki Ngāti Apa.

  • How does the vaccine work? Shape Created with Sketch.

    The vaccine that we have secured in Aotearoa is called Pfizer. There is enough of it in the country for all adults to be immunised. We will need two doses of the vaccine, six-weeks apart, for it to work properly.

    The vaccine works by teaching the body’s immune system to recognise pathogens (disease-causing organisms) without causing illness to the body’s immune system. It then remembers this pathogen and when/if the infection occurs at a later date, the body will fight the infection faster.

    The Pfizer vaccine does not contain the live virus, so it cannot give you COVID-19.

  • How was the vaccine created so quickly? Shape Created with Sketch.

    Creating the COVID-19 vaccines took a global effort. When the virus kicked off early last year, experts from around the world united to take on the challenge of creating a vaccine.

    But researchers did not start from scratch. Similar research was already well underway for similar diseases.

    As a result, the vaccines could be made faster, whilst still ensuring they went through all the safety checks.

    Before being used in Aotearoa, the vaccine was also approved by Medsafe, who are responsible for regulating all medicines and medical devices in Aotearoa.

    Medsafe will only approve a vaccine for use in Aotearoa once they are confident it complies with international standards and local requirements for quality, safety, and effectiveness.

  • How effective is the vaccine? Shape Created with Sketch.

    The Pfizer vaccine is proven to be up to 95% effective after two doses.

    That means that out of one hundred people, as many as 95 will be fully protected against the virus.

    In rare cases, people may be able to catch the disease after getting the vaccine, as it can take a few weeks for your body’s immune system to build up its defenses.

    People who are vaccinated are far less likely to fall seriously ill if they catch COVID-19.

  • What happens when you get the vaccine? Shape Created with Sketch.

    You will be asked to provide your details, and give consent.

    A fully-trained vaccinator will give you the vaccine in your upper arm. It is quick and easy.

    You will need to stay for 20 minutes so that the health professionals can keep an eye on you. Some mild side-effects are common, and are a sign your body’s learning to fight the virus.

    You should receive a pamphlet outlining possible side effects and what to expect.

    Your health provider will also book you in for your second appointment.

    There may be extra precautions and rules during a Covid-19 Alert level.

  • Is it safe when hapū or breastfeeding? Shape Created with Sketch.

    Experts believe it is as safe for pregnant people as everyone else.

    It is safe to breastfeed after you have been vaccinated.

    The Pfizer vaccine doesn’t contain the live virus, so can't give you or your baby COVID-19.

    Talk to your Lead Maternity Carer before you have the vaccine to get the right information for you and your baby.

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    For more information regarding walk in clinics and vaccine centers in the Whanganui rohe, click here.

Tangihanga Guidelines at Level 2

Our hearts go out to whānau who have lost loved ones during the pandemic.

Please see below the current protocols that must be adhered to during tangihanga at Level 2:

  • Gatherings of up to 50 people indoors, for example an indoor funeral or tangi at a marae are permitted. This does not include staff.
  • Gatherings of up to 100 people outdoors, for example a burial or internment are permitted. This does not include staff.

  • Physical distancing requirements of two metres is required.

  • Face covering are mandatory by those attending a funeral or tangihanga and staff.

  • Infection control measures must be in place during the funeral or tangihanga to protect people from COVID-19.

  • It is mandatory for funeral directors to display an official NZ COVID Tracer QR code.

  • Funeral directors are also required to keep a register of all persons entering the funeral home for the purposes of any viewing or religious/cultural rituals which take place. This register should include:

    • exact day and time the viewing took place

    • full names of all those viewing

    • the viewer’s current physical address, email address, and mobile phone number.

  • The duration of indoor gatherings should be minimised – less than two hours is recommended.

  • If a viewing of the deceased person or tūpāpaku is being held in a private dwelling, marae, church, community hall, mosque or the like, there can be multiple viewings for groups of up to 50 people at any one time.

  • These limits exclude workers such as kaikōrero, kaikaranga, members of the clergy and the funeral director.

  • A two metre distance is required between household bubbles. It is recommended you avoid harirū, hongi, kissing, and hugging.

  • A defined space is an indoor or outdoor space with walls or partitions (whether permanent or temporary) that substantially divide that space from other spaces, or an outdoor space where there is more than two metres between all members or separate groups.


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