Rangitāne Tū Mai Rā Trust support the stance taken by other Iwi and recommend that all forms of contact (hongi, harirū) during cultural ceremonies (pōhiri and whakatau) be suspended to help prevent the spread of the corona virus and to keep our most vulnerable (the young and the old) safe and well. It will take some discipline to change how we greet one another but it is for the best for now.

Rangitāne Tū Mai Rā Trust will also be recommending to all of our marae, that they not offer their facilities for quarantine purposes, due to the communal nature of marae life they would not be suitable for this purpose. We ask that we all use discretion when we gather in large numbers, sometimes this is unavoidable.

Most of all, be as calm as possible and don’t panic. We need to work as whānau to get through this. We will also be posting the latest advice from the Ministry of Health and our DHBs regularly as they try to keep whānau informed.

Kia ora e te whānau,
A message from our chairperson below regarding Covid-19 (Coronavirus).

There’s lots of information out there and no doubt everyone is keeping an eye on social media. The Ministry of Health website www.health.govt.nz is the source of truth for Aotearoa / New Zealand and has the most update and accurate information.

Here are some basic messages we’d like to share with everyone

  1. Wash your hands – before you prepare food, before you eat, when you come into contact with objects that don’t belong to you e.g. other people’s things. Hand sanitizer is not a necessity. Soap and water will suffice.
  2. Sneeze and cough into the crook of your arm – this is the least likely place that you will touch and contains your sneeze/cough.
  3. Do not touch your face or anyone else’s (with the exception of your own immediate whānau and family) – a mask will prevent you touching your own face and others from touching yours. Unless you have mask that completely seals off your mouth and nose, it will not prevent germs from getting in.
  4. Used tissues go straight into the bin.
  5. A virus doesn’t have arms or legs so cannot move without our help. Don’t go into crowded spaces if you don’t need to. “Social distancing” is approximately 1 metre away from the closest person. We haven’t arrived there yet but be mindful of keeping some distance between you and others. Greeting one another with the slight head movement and raised eyebrows (demonstrated by the Prime Minister) is a great way to greet one another. It’s what we do naturally so we have the jump on others!
  6. If possible, stock up on staples. Things you can eat if for any reason you are prevented from going to the shop e.g. canned food on special, rice, pasta, milk powder, Weetbix.

People with symptoms of COVID-19 are asked to call Healthline for advice and direction, and to call ahead before arriving at their GP or hospital for assessment. Healthline’s dedicated COVID-19 number, 0800 358 5453, is free and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Ma te Atua hei manaaki, hei tiaki i a tātau katoa.

Jason Kerehi 
Rangitāne Tu Mai Ra Trust