He kupu āwhina i ngā marae | Guidance for marae

These guidelines were developed to clarify public health measures and support marae to make their own decisions for the safety and wellbeing of their whānau, hapū, and iwi.

We acknowledge that many iwi have already put together COVID-19 response plans for their hapū and marae. Marae should contact their tribal authority in the first instance if they have further questions.

Guidance for marae

Karawhiua vaccine campaign

Karawhiua is a campaign for whānau, hapū, iwi, and Māori communities to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Karawhiua is led by Te Puni Kōkiri, co-delivered by Te Hiringa Hauora (Health Promotion Agency) and supported by the Ministry of Health and the Unite Against COVID-19 teams.

Visit the Karawhiua website to learn more about vaccines (external link)

Karawhiua: Watch Ruthie's story

Karawhiua: Ruthie's story

Ruthie was seven months hapū, with her baby Hope, when she contracted COVID-19 last year at a tangihanga. She shares her experience of being the first hapū māmā with COVID-19 in Aotearoa and her thoughts on the vaccine.

Ruthie’s story is part of the Te Puni Kōkiri-led Karawhiua campaign which encourages whānau, hapū, iwi, and Māori communities to make an informed choice about getting vaccinated against COVID-19.

Watch Ruthie’s full story at Karawhiua (external link)

Whānau living at Alert Level 1

  • Whānau can go to work and school if they aren’t māuiui.
  • Kura, kōhanga, and puna reo are open for our tamariki.
  • There are no restrictions on hui and gatherings.
  • There are no restrictions on hongi and harirū.
  • Face coverings must be worn on buses, trains, and flights.

Learn more about Alert Level 1

Hui and gatherings at Alert Level 2

At Alert Level 2, whānau and friends can still connect, but restrictions are in place to manage the risk and spread of COVID-19.

In practice, for those who do not live together and aren’t family/whānau or close friends, this means suspending our customs of hongi and harirū, as well as kissing, hugging and other forms of close physical contact.

Alternatives include waving, smiling or other non-physical contact greetings.

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