Additional support for whānau, hapū and iwi

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There is a wide range of additional support

across the motu for whānau, hapū and iwi as

part of the COVID-19 response

Tautoko for iwi members

Auckland is at Alert Level 4
The rest of Aotearoa is at Alert Level 3 

Free phone line to help get your budget sorted here

Covid 19- Financial Support Tool here

Help with Money here

Wage Subsidy Scheme here

COVID-19 Short-term Absence Payment here

COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme here

Redundancy Support here

NZ citizens and residents living in Australia here

While there are some supports available to whānau, hapū and iwi,
Te Rōpū Whakakaupapa Urutā is concerned with the lack of committed funding to supporting people on unemployment benefits and low income earners during this current COVID-19 outbreak. 

We are committed to advocating for the support of our whānau who are struggling to access kai and other essential items.

Tamariki in shared custody arrangements


Tamariki in shared custody arrangements can move between 2 households as long as they are in the same community.


A person can leave their residence to visit or stay at another residence under a shared bubble arrangement if:

  • One person lives alone in one, or both, of those residences;

  • Everyone in one of those residences is a vulnerable person.

Traditional kai gathering


Some Māori communities are in very remote locations and reliance on traditional kai gathering is a normal part of their lifestyle.  


Traditional kai gathering is permitted for Māori communities in remote locations. 

Family violence and sexual violence prevention


Family violence and sexual violence services are essential services, and remain available, even if services need to be delivered in different ways.


Encourage iwi members to maintain contact by phone, ZOOM, Facebook, messenger, FaceTime, SKYPE and other technologies with their  Whānau to ensure that they are all sate.


Helplines are available a full list is available at, Individuals and households/ health and wellbeing/ family violence and sexual violence and prevention