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Protect your whānau and community

Most people who get COVID-19 will have a mild to moderate illness, and will fully recover in their own home. For those who need help, the healthcare system will always be available.

If you or someone you live with gets COVID-19, you will all need to isolate for at least 10 days, maybe longer, either in your own home or in accommodation that has been chosen for that purpose.

Stocking up on food, cleaning supplies and anything else you need, and knowing who to call to for help, will make isolating safer and less stressful.

It's a good idea to start talking with your whānau now about what you will do if someone gets sick. Make sure you put the information you need in one place and make sure everyone knows where to find it.

Some handy resources to help with your planning:

Important contacts



Who can you ask for help or support?

Who will look after your children, pets, or other people you usually care for?

Who else might you need to contact?

Think about friends, family, neighbours, or support workers who could deliver food or supplies to you at home or just be around to chat.

Think about your local doctor, pharmacy, schools, vets.

You can fill all of these numbers in on this plan

Medical information     



What do ambulance or medical staff need to know immediately to keep you safe?

What access or medical equipment would you need to bring with you if you have to go to hospital or an isolation facility?

What health conditions, allergies, medication, communication needs, mobility needs do you have?

You can fill all of this information in on this plan

 Prepare your whānau and whare



Talk with your tamariki and whānau about what the plan is if someone gets sick or has to go to hospital and how to reach out for help if they need it.

Is there space in your home for you to keep yourself separate from the rest of the household?

Do you have access to other options through friends or whānau such as a campervan, sleepout, cabin?

Don’t worry, if you do get COVID-19, the health team will discuss all the options with you.

Prepare your cupboards

Make sure you have plenty of food and hygiene supplies

  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Tinned foods
  • Dried food like pasta or rice
  • Fluids
  • Baby supplies
  • Pads or tampons
  • Hygiene products
  • First aid supplies
  • Personal medication
  • Pre-cook and freeze some meals that are easy to heat and eat when needed.

Here's a handy checklist to help with your planning

Keeping you, your whānau and the community safe

Don’t forget to stick with the basics when you are out and about

          Vaccine pass icon

Scan in or keep track of where you have been. Wear a mask. Have your Vaccine Pass ready.

If you are experiencing any cold, flu or COVID-19 symptoms – no matter how mild – call your GP, Healthline or your iwi health provider organise a test. Just to make sure.

Here are some handy tips about preparing and protecting yourself and your whānau from COVID-19.

Once you have had your test

  • Act as if you have COVID-19, even if you’re fully vaccinated
  • Go straight home. Do not stop at supermarkets, dairies or anywhere else.
  • Stay at home until you get your results
  • Don’t share food or dishes with the rest of your family

If you have COVID-19

  • You will need to stay at home and isolate for at least 10 complete days.
  • Everyone in your household will also need to stay at home, even if they have been vaccinated.
  • A health team will be in touch regularly to find out how you are feeling and what you need.
  • You will receive a pack to help you monitor your health.
  • You will be tested at least twice during your isolation.
  • A health professional will make the call on when you and your bubble can leave your home.

If at any time you or your family are feeling very unwell, having difficulty breathing or are concerned for your safety, call 111.