Covid-19 Pānui & Updates

Covid-19 testing stations: Monday 15th February 2021


Ōtorohanga Sports Club – Island Reserve, Orahiri Terrace

10am – 3pm

Te Kūiti:

Maniapoto Whānau Ora Centre – On site – Entry via Hinerangi Street

Monday 15th Feb:    1pm – 3pm
Tuesday 16th Fed:    12pm – 3pm


Venue: Piopion Rugby Club

Tuesday 16th Feb:    12pm – 3pm

Update: Sunday 14th February 2021

E te Iwi,
Given the announcement of 3 community cases of COVID-19 in South Auckland, Cabinet has made the decision to move Alert Levels across the motu.
As of 11:59pm, Sunday 14 February, Auckland will move to Alert Level 3 and the rest of Aotearoa will move to Alert Level 2 until 12 midnight, Wednesday 17 February.
Check out the link below for more information on Alert Levels 2 and 3.
All testing stations across Aotearoa can be found via the below link.
Additional testing stations will be set up in Ōtorohanga and Piopio from Monday (apōpō). Locations are still to be finalised but we will advise once confirmed. If you are displaying symptoms or feeling unwell, please get tested whānau!
The MMTB Office will remain open but we ask that you call in advance to book an appointment. We are still contactable via our freephone 0800 668 285 or please email us at
Keep safe whānau and please remain vigilant. We will continue to update you all over the coming days.
Mā te wāhi ngaro tātou e manaaki, e tiaki i roto i ngā āhuatanga o te wā.

E te iwi nui tonu o Ngāti Maniapoto, tēnā koutou katoa.

The COVID-19 outbreak has changed our way of life for the past few weeks, right across our rohe and the rest of Aotearoa.

During these uncertain times it is as important as ever that our whānau stay connected and support each other. The health and well-being of our people is the absolute priority.

In times of adversity, through our history, Maniapoto always regrouped, set out a plan and acted cohesively and decisively. We are faced with a significant challenge that we will overcome through holding fast to the guidelines. That means we maintain our isolation, we maintain our distances, we ensure we are following Ministry of Health and Government guidelines.

Our biggest challenge over the last few days has been to ask our people to hold the line. To remain within your whānau bubble and keep yourselves safe. We have had many offers from whānau across the motu who want to help and provide support.

We need to ensure as much as possible we are safe and that any support effort is done with the right safety systems in place.

Thanks to those of you who have notified our team of your willingness to be part of our volunteers group. Your help is greatly appreciated.

We would also like to acknowledge that a number of our people are involved in essential services during this time which requires them to still attend work. We extend our thanks to those kaimahi – ngā mihi.

Our call centre is running and contacting whānau particularly our kaumātua and whānau with tamariki under 5.  We are working to ensure we can keep connected with whānau so we can coordinate support where this is needed.

We have established medical support through our local service providers and we also have a mobile service that has been moving across the rohe providing flu vaccinations for kaumātua and those immuno-compromised.

We will be updating this website page and Facebook pages regularly with information related to COVID-19, so please keep checking in – with us and with other members of your whānau.

If you have any pātai or need some support please get in touch via our freephone 0800 668 285 or email us at

Keep well everyone. Stay safe, stay home.

Me tiaki tātou I a tātou

Latest news

14 May 2020 – Video update from our Deputy Chair

Quick update from our Deputy Chair Keith Ikin as we move into Level 2.

27 April 2020 Free Covid-19 Testing – Mobile Units activated

To protect all whānau and communities across the rohe, the Waikato District Health Board (DHB) will be assessing and testing whānau with COVID-19 symptoms to ensure our communities are safe. To extend the reach of the Community Based Assessment Centre’s (CBAC), the team will be taking mobile outreach vans to whānau and communities who need it most. Locations and further details can be found here.

24 April 2020 –  Video update from our Deputy Chair

Quick update from our Deputy Chair, Keith Ikin before heading into Alert Level 3.

9 April 2020 – Video update from our Deputy Chair

Our Deputy Chair Keith Ikin talks about the importance of connecting and communicating with our whānau at this time, especially with our kaumātua.

9 April 2020 – Mobile Unit Follow Up Visits

The Maniapoto Mobile Unit has been travelling through our rohe to provide flu vaccinations to those more vulnerable including our kaumātua. Two locations will receive another visit given we had such an awesome response last week. Details can be found by clicking on the above title link.

3 April 2020 – Te Kūiti Food Bank – Journey Church are here to help

Koutou mā, check out some of the mahi others in our rohe are doing to support our whānau as well. Me tiaki tātou I a tātou

1 April 2020 – Latest e-panui and message from our Chair

A special message from our Chair Tiwha Bell and the latest updates from MMTB as we continue to focus on keeping our whānau safe in these challenging times.

30 March – Maniapoto Wellness Centres and Mobile Unit activated

Wellness centres in our rohe will be providing flu vaccinations for all of our whānau aged 65 and over or those who are immuno-compromised. For those aged 55 and over, flu vaccinations are also available if you have underlying health conditions (such as diabetes or asthma).

29 March – Video update from our Chair and CEO

A message from MMTB Chair Tiwha Bell and CEO Bella Takiari-Brame, including an update on our mobile flu vaccination units being activated across our rohe.

26 March – Video update from our Deputy Chair

Our Deputy Chair Keith Ikin talks about the importance of connecting and communicating with our whānau at this time, especially with our kaumātua.

24 March – MMTB staff to focus on supporting whānau through COVID-19 pandemic

We have redirected all our kaimahi to focus on ensuring we are supporting our whānau through these unprecedented times. A number of initiatives are now well underway, with an emphasis on kaumātua checks and support.

The Maniapoto Māori Trust Board AGM has been postponed for the time being, and our kaimahi have been reallocated to focus on COVID-19 response support until further notice.

20 March – Guidance for whānau on hui and tangihanga under Alert Level 2

Recommendations and guidelines from the Maniapoto Māori Trust Board for hui with whānau and tangihanga under Alert Level 2.

13 March – Hui ā-Tau Postponed

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we also made the decision to postpone the Hui ā-Tau (AGM) that was due to be held on Saturday 14th March at Te Kūiti Pā. We will keep you posted in due course on details about a rescheduled hui.

What is COVID-19?

Source: Ministry of Health

COVID-19 is a new virus that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a type of coronavirus. There are simple steps you can take to protect you and your whānau.

What are the symptoms?

The symptoms of COVID-19 are:

  • a fever (at least 38°C)
  • a cough
  • shortness of breath.

These symptoms do not necessarily mean you have COVID-19. The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as colds and flu.

Time for symptoms to appear

Medical professionals are still learning about COVID-19. It is not yet known how long symptoms take to show after a person has been infected. Current evidence suggests it is 2–10 days.

How it spreads

Like the flu, COVID-19 can be transmitted from person to person. The scientific evidence confirms that COVID-19 is spread by droplets. When an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks, they may generate droplets containing the virus. These droplets are too large to stay in the air for long, so they quickly settle on surrounding surfaces.

People may get infected by the virus if they touch those surfaces or objects, and then touch their mouth, nose or eyes. That’s why it’s really important to use good hygiene, regularly wash and thoroughly dry your hands, and use good cough and sneeze etiquette.

Please head to the COVID-19 website for more information – it has everything you need to know about COVID-19 in one place.

If you have symptoms, please call your GP or call Healthline on 0800 358 5453.

Additional resources

  • Protect our whakapapa posters – Please download and share these information sheets to help whānau stay safe during the Level 4 lockdown period. These resources can help save lives.

We have also listed a number of websites below that have more information on COVID-19, as well as other useful resources

Stay home

On 25 March Aotearoa officially moved into Alert Level 4 which means all of us must now stay home with the exception of essential workers. We should only be leaving our homes to access essential services such as food and medicine supplies. Going out to get some fresh air and exercise in our local neighbourhood is also acceptable.

We understand it is a difficult situation for all, but it is important that as an Iwi, we do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Here are some tips on maintaining wellbeing during lockdown:

  • Regular kōrero with hoamahi (work colleagues), friends and whānau: stay connected digitally to those from afar, make sure to check in on the mental health of friends and whānau. We encourage whānau to call your kaumātua and others living alone as often as possible. This event has been stressful for all.
  • Exercise: try to keep up with your regular routine or adjust it as best you can for your home environment. If you don’t exercise, view this as an opportunity to ease yourself into it with some home workouts.
  • Self-care: we all need downtime, make sure you take regular breaks from your mahi at home, listening to music or even silence for a few moments can be very beneficial.
  • Limit your time on social media: beware of information overload, you must take time off from COVID-19 information which social media is currently full of. Try to stick to checking a couple times daily and avoid use before bedtime.
  • If you’re feeling low and can’t reach out to someone or prefer professional mental health advice call or text 1737 for some support.

Online resources for health and wellbeing:

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If you are worried about the health and wellbeing of yourself or a member of your whānau please get in touch via our freephone 0800 668 285 or email – we are here to support you.