Te Ao Māori

Information for iwi, hapū and whānau Māori during COVID-19.

Changes to gathering numbers

The Government has announced an increase to gathering numbers from 12 noon Friday 29 May.

Upcoming changes to gathering numbers

Looking after our communities

Iwi, hapū and Māori organisations have led decision-making in our communities to support and ensure our whānau are safe and protected from any risk of COVID-19 transmission. This has included adjusting tikanga and cultural practices such as suspending harirū and hongi, kissing and hugging to maintain physical distance, and using tools such as video conferencing to support hui and wānanga.

This information is guided by current health advice and is provided to support whānau Māori to make their own decisions for the safety and wellbeing of their hapori, hapū and iwi. It is reviewed regularly and may change as we move into different Alert Levels.

Gatherings at Alert Level 2

At Alert Level 2, there is more freedom to move around and reconnect with whānau and friends. Gatherings can take place but there are some restrictions in place to manage the risk of spreading COVID-19.

The general requirements for no physical contact, including harirū, hongi, kissing, and hugging, remain in place –  for those who don’t live together and aren’t family/whānau or close friends.

Guidelines for gatherings and events

Information on funerals and tangihanga

Gatherings at Alert Level 3

Gatherings of people create a very high risk of transmitting COVID-19. At Alert Level 3, we are keeping tight restrictions on gatherings. Kāua e wareware, it is still quite restrictive. Kia haumaru te noho: stay at home to stop the spread and protect your whānau and kaumātua.

The only permitted gatherings are for:

  • funerals and tangihanga
  • wedding ceremonies, not receptions.

Tangihanga

  • Funerals and tangihanga are acceptable gatherings at Alert Level 3, but are limited to 10 people or under. Formal tangihanga are unable to occur under Alert Level 3 due to the restrictions on numbers. Meals and receptions are not allowed.

Information on funerals and tangihanga at Alert Level 3

Gatherings at Alert Level 4

All indoor and outdoor events cannot proceed while New Zealand is at Alert Level 4.

We are asking you to only spend time with people in your household and keep your distance from all others at all times. This will help us stop the spread of COVID-19 and protect our whānau, hapū and iwi, particularly those who are more vulnerable to illness such as our kaumātua — our koroua and kuia.  

Tangihanga

Gathering together for tangihanga is not permitted while New Zealand is at Alert Level 4. 

Guidance on tangihanga and funerals, and where to go for more information

Guidelines for tangihanga during Alert Level 4 (external link)

Kaitiaki responsibilities at Alert Level 2

At Alert Level 2, you can take care of your environmental/kaitiaki responsibilities for awa, maunga and ngahere. If you’re working with people in your community, make sure you follow public health measures to keep them safe.

Advice on keeping safe while working in your community

Kaitiaki responsibilities at Alert Level 3

You can take care of your environmental/kaitiaki responsibilities for awa, maunga and ngahere, as long as it does not require travel well outside the regional boundary, or into difficult or remote terrain.

If this is NGO or paid work activity, maintain physical distancing, handwashing and other public health measures.

If this is personal activity, you can only do this with people in your household bubble.

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