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Wairoa’s welfare system has your back

2022 03 17

As COVID-19 cases grow locally, so too has the strength of Wairoa’s support system.

Te Whare Maire o Tapuwae is Wairoa’s recognised welfare support hub with iwi-based satellite hubs in Nuhaka and Mahia.

Support is available for anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 and has to isolate. The only stipulation is that your positive result is able to be verified by a GP, is registered on the or a RAT test is verified by an employer or health professional.

Initial support includes providing food and hygiene packs and support to develop isolation plans and connect you with resources to help you through the isolation period.

Te Whare Maire o Tapuwae says when someone tests positive, often they just need a hand at the beginning so they can cope during the isolation period. “We help people put plans in place and make connections for whatever their needs are. It might be arranging whānau to help with contactless food delivery, linking them up with WINZ, or just making sure there is someone checking in on them.”

The welfare service also includes daily check in phone calls up to day three, or more if whānau request the service.

“Our role is to enable people to support themselves. We are not continually dropping off kai packages as we did during lockdown. This time we are focussing on helping those who have tested positive to be in a position to be able to support themselves while they are isolating. The initial kai and hygiene packs are just to tide people over while they get their plans in place.”

Around 100 packs have been delivered over the past coupe of weeks with demand increasing daily.

Te Whare Maire o Tapuwae Whānau Ora Wairoa extend a big thanks to those local organisations which are already helping out and others that have volunteered to help.


For assistance please contact:


Te Whare Maire o Tapuwae Whānau Ora Wairoa


Phone 0272459072


Rongomaiwahine Iwi Charitable Trust


Phone 0800100967\


Te iwi o Rakaipaaka


Phone 0272137784


OR phone Work and Income's COVID-19 welfare line on 0800 512 337 8am to 8pm seven days a week.


For more info visit the Wairoa District Council Fb page or website #COVID-19

17 March 2022

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