Marae at Red — He kupu āwhina i ngā marae

Marae can open at Whero (Red), with My Vaccine Pass requirements and restrictions.

Gatherings can go ahead

At Whero, gatherings at marae can go ahead. It is up to the leaders of the marae to decide whether:

  • they want to allow gatherings
  • people who do not have a My Vaccine Pass can use marae or attend gatherings
  • manuhiri (visitors to the marae) need to wear a face covering

Whānau, hapū and iwi may need to adapt their tikanga and kawa to meet public health guidelines. 

Face coverings

Workers and volunteers at marae must wear a face covering.

Guidelines for marae to operate safely under the traffic light system [PDF, 5.7 MB]

Summary of guidelines for marae  [PDF, 53 KB]

With My Vaccine Pass

If a marae chooses to follow vaccine pass requirements, you will be asked to show your My Vaccine Pass at the marae.

There can be up to 100 people at any time on a marae. 

In practice this might look like 40 people on the ātea, 50 people in the wharenui and 8 people in the wharekai, including the ringawera.

Whānau pani, paepae, taumata and ringawera are included in the number limits on marae.

Tamariki under 12 years and 3 months cannot be vaccinated, but they are included in number counts where restrictions apply.

You do not need to physically distance when attending a gathering at a marae.

Public and private gatherings at Red

Funerals and tangihanga at Red

Verifying your My Vaccine Pass

If a marae chooses to follow vaccine pass requirements, they must check vaccine passes for everyone on the marae.

The NZ Pass Verifier is a free app that marae can use to verify My Vaccine Passes. 

Download the NZ Pass Verifier | health.govt.nz (external link)

It is up to manuhiri to present their My Vaccine Pass on entry. Marae are not required to check ID, but they can request it.

Marae should make reasonable efforts to ID tamariki under 12 years and 3 months. This might include asking tamariki their age, date of birth or year at school.  

When you are ready to check My Vaccine Pass for your manuhiri, you can display these posters to let everyone know.

Download My Vaccine Pass posters

Without My Vaccine Pass

If a marae chooses not to follow vaccine pass requirements, there can be up to 25 people on the marae at a time — as long as groups with and without My Vaccine Pass do not mix.

In practice this might look like 20 people in the wharenui and 5 people in the wharekai including ringawera.

You do not need to physically distance when attending a gathering at a marae.

Serving kai

You can serve kai.

Decisions about how to serve kai will be made by Marae Kōmiti  — marae may choose to continue using options like takeaway lunches or eating outside, particularly if gatherings are a mixture of people with or without My Vaccine Pass.

People serving or handling kai must wear a face covering.

Noho marae

Overnight stays are permitted on marae. The same rules apply as day time visits.

Switching between My Vaccine Pass requirements on the marae

Marae can choose to require vaccine passes or not. You cannot change mid-gathering. If any member of the whānau pani, paepae, taumata or ringawera is not fully vaccinated, gathering restrictions will apply as if My Vaccine Pass is not being used.

If a marae chooses to allow people who do not have a My Vaccine Pass to attend gatherings, marae must make sure:

  • there is no intermingling of ope
  • rooms are cleaned in between groups
  • whānau pani, paepae, taumata, ringawera and manuhiri are told whether they are attending a gathering of people with My Vaccine Passes or a whether it is for people with My Vaccine Pass, or a mix of people with and without My Vaccine Pass.

Keeping whānau safe

Marae often have large groups of people visiting and gathering together. There are some simple things marae can do to keep whānau safe:

  • Display your NZ COVID Tracer QR code and encourage manuhiri to scan in.
  • Clean surfaces and rooms in between groups.
  • Ask people with cold, flu or COVID-19 symptoms to stay home.
  • Modify tikanga that involves close contact — for example hongi and harirū.

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