COVID-19 is serious for Aotearoa. It has the potential to
have a serious impact on Māori across the country.

Keeping our whanau and our community safe has always been an integral part of our tikanga and the presence of COVID-19 makes it even more important.
There is no whakama in needing to be tested for COVID-19.

  • A cough

  • Fever

  • Shortness of breath

  • Sore throat

  • Sneezing and runny nose

  • Temporary loss of smell

The symptoms of COVID-19 are:
Who should get a COVID-19 test?

It can be confusing to know whether or not to get a swab for COVID-19. The advice changes regularly as things develop, it can depend on what Alert Level your community is in and there are different reasons for swabbing. 

The following information is intended to provide whānau with some basic information.

If you are ‘sick’ or have cold or flu symptoms – you should stay home and call your doctor or Healthline (0800 358 5453). If you are offered a COVID-19 test, its important that you take up the opportunity. 


It is very important for anyone living within the Auckland region who is symptomatic to get swabbed during Alert Level 3. This is known as Symptomatic Testing. 


Symptoms for testing include:

  • a cough

  • fever 

  • shortness of breath

  • sore throat

  • sneezing and runny nose

  • temporary loss of smell.


If you have been identified as a close contact of a confirmed or identified COVID-19 case - you should follow the advice provided and get swabbed if this is recommended (even if you do not have symptoms). This is known as Contact Testing. 


If your initial test is negative, and you develop symptoms you will be required to undergo a second swab.


If you are considered to be at ‘high risk’ of exposure to COVID-19  and present to primary or secondary care – you should be tested (even if you do not have symptoms). This is known as High Index of Suspicion (HIS) Testing.

High risk includes:

  • recent contact with a confirmed or probable case

  • recent overseas travel

  • direct contact with overseas travellers (e.g. staff working at the borders or in managed isolation facilities including those who drive people entering the country from the airport to the facilities)

  • worked on an aircraft or vessel on international routes

  • cleaned at an international airport or port in areas visited by people arriving from abroad

  • Staff who test people who have symptoms consistent with COVID-19.

A printable factsheet is available here

To make sure we share up-to-date advice and information on this website is updated regularly. 

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