Here you will find information and resources for whānau Māori to reduce the risk of COVID19 for you and your whānau.

This information has been gathered and approved by our leading Māori health professionals.

COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways.
It’s caused by a type of virus called a coronavirus.

COVID-19 is a serious issue for our whānau Māori.

COVID 19 continues to be a serious illness all over the world.  Many more people are dying and there are new strains of the disease developing as more and more people are getting infected.  


Kia Mataara - COVID-19 could be a serous issue for our whānau Maori, if we do not take care. 


Most importantly we must take a NOTE of where we have been, and still do the things that we have been doing since March 2020. 


  • Wash your hands regularly

  • Stay home if you are māuiui

  • Keep 2m social distancing 

  • Wear a mask if traveling on a plane


It is really important that we all take a note of where we have been so that if there is a case of community transmission then contacts of the case can be quickly and easily tracked .


Taking a note of where you have been is easy: 

Scan the QR codes using the COVID – 19 App

There is function on the app where you can manually record where you have been – very useful for places that don’t have a QR code

Take a selfie on your phone or 

simply write a note recording where you have been and the date


Not matter where we are living, the most important thing is that you are vigilant and continue to keep yourself, your whānau and all those you love and care about safe and healthy. 


Kia kaha, kia maia, kia manawanui, kia mataara.

Using the COVID tracer app

The NZ COVID tracer app has been updated to include Bluetooth technology tracing.

Bluetooth technology tracing allows you to receive an alert if you have been near another app user who has tested positive for COVID-19.


You still need to scan QR codes to keep track of where you have been.  Bluetooth is an added tool- it helps keep track of the people you’ve been near.


To enable Bluetooth tracing, go to the dashboard of the NZ COVID tracer app. You should see a menu item saying whether Blue tooth tracing is on or not. If its off, tap the icon to turn it on.


Once Bluetooth tracing is enabled in the app, it will work automatically in the backgound as long as you have your phone’s Bluetooth setting on.


More information about using Bluetooth on the COVID-19 tracing app is available here