Please find here, current information and resources regarding COVID-19
(This page was last updated 29 November 2022)
COVID-19 isolation and care reminders
- Only people who test positive for COVID-19 are required to isolate for seven days.
- Household contacts are recommended to take a RAT test every day for five days. So long as they test negative, they will be able to go about daily life as normal.
- For more information on isolating at home please see here for key information in languages via NRHCC website, Arabic, Simplified Chinese, English, Hindi, Korean
- Additional information on COVID and antiviral medication is available in different languages on the UAC website here, including Somali, Thai, Farsi, Spanish, Urdu, Tamil and others.
- For the most current and accurate information available please visit www.arphs.health.nz or www.covid19.govt.nz
- There is a wide variety of COVID-19 information in 27 languages on the Unite Against COVID-19 website.
Where to Find a Free RAT collection Centre, Where to get a COVID-19 Test, How to order a RAT test: Click HERE
Where to get vaccinated:
Go to this link HERE to find a list of community vaccination centres.
Vaccination for five- to 11-year-olds
Vaccination including a booster shot, remains an important tool to help prevent the most serious harm from the COVID-19 virus. If children and young adults who have been vaccinated do develop COVID-19, they are far less likely to get seriously ill and less likely to transmit the virus to others.
The free five- to 11-year-old vaccination programme is now underway and more than 100,000 children in New Zealand have had their first dose.
There is some helpful information available to support you on the Unite Against COVID-19 website including How to book a vaccine for your five – 11 year old and some great videos on the Kids Health page that can support you to talk to your tamariki about the COVID-19 vaccine.
If you know anyone in your community affected by COVID-19 and who may need help, such as food and other financial assistance, Work and Income has a range of supports available for individuals, families, employers and self-employed people affected by COVID-19.
Work and Income support
The beginning of the year can be a tough time for parents who are faced with many costs and it is important you are aware of what assistance you may be able to get from Work and Income. These are available to people on a low income as well as those on a benefit.
- School costs
- Out of School Care and Recreation (OSCAR) Subsidy
- Other Childcare Assistance
- School and Year Start-up Payment (for people getting Orphan’s Benefit or Unsupported Child’s Benefit)
- Help with living costs (including food and rent/mortgage)
Use the links above or call 0800 559 009 to find out more, or to apply.
MoneyTalks can assist with free budgeting and debt help
You can also contact your local community provider. Please find more information here.
Positive parenting during COVID-19
To support mental health, resilience and emotional wellbeing for our tamariki and rangatahi, the Ministry of Health has partnered with Whāraurau to offer parents, whānau and caregivers free online versions of the Triple P: Positive Parenting Programme across the country.
There are three free Triple P online programmes available to help positively support children to reduce anxiety, build emotional resilience and life skills and cope with challenges:
- Fear-Less Triple P Online – for parents and caregivers of children and teenagers (aged six to 14 years) who have significant anxiety
- Triple P Online – for parents with toddlers to 12-year-olds
- Teen Triple P Online – for parents with ‘tweens’ or teenagers aged 10 to 16 years.
These programmes will also provide whānau a toolkit to help them to guide behaviour positively and encourage children’s learning.
Email alerts for COVID-19 Information in your preferred language
The All of Government ‘Unite against COVID-19’ website has an option to sign up for an email update in languages that are listed on the website. The list of languages and to subscribe to receive the latest updates in your language of choice, please click here