1. What:   COVID-19 Update – (as at 14 May, 2020).
  • New Zealand is currently at Alert Level 2 – Reduce. 
  • Play it safe. ‘Level 2 is our safer normal’


Translated resources and helpful websites:

  • INFORMATION AND ADVICE for Northland and Auckland communities webpage – you can find translated COVID-19 related health resources (including Alert Levels 3 & 4; soon to be uploaded Alert Level 2; Handwash posters and other resources), see here
  • Auckland Emergency Management (AEM) have updated COVID-19 information including translated Welfare resources, here
  • Asian Family Services’ Helpline videos available in Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese, Korean and English and introducing the Asha service
  • NauMai NZ website has updated information to international students about COVID-19 including Hardship Support, see here
  • People First New Zealand, easy read COVID-19 related resources, see here
  • Office of Ethnic Communities (OEC), suite of translated resources, see  here
  • Shanti Niwas is providing support services to seniors, for more information see here
  • Sport Auckland’s ActivAsian brings you a series of programmes/events through online platforms, #DailyActiveAtHome
  • Unite Against COVID-19 Alert 2 translated information is available here (more information will continued to be updated)


New grants/short term loans:

  • Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) COVID-19 grant funding is available to support Foodbanks and Community Organisations who reach out to support their communities. To apply, go to the Smartygrants system, see here, and for more info and conditions, see here
  • Salvation Army - Community Finance Low Income Loans are available, to apply or to find out more about conditions, see here


See table below to share with your communities in metro Auckland about Alert Level 2 (See link here for translated Alert Levels 3&4 info; translated Alert Level 2 info will be uploaded to this website shortly):


How to protect yourself and others during ALERT LEVEL 2?

  1. Play it safe. ‘Level 2 is our safer normal’
  2. Continue to wash your hands for 20 seconds, sneeze and cough into your elbow
  3. Disinfect commonly used surfaces at home and at work
  4. Stay home if you’re sick
  5. Get tested for COVID-19 if you have even any one of these:
  • Cough                          
  • Sore throat                     
  • Runny nose
  • Fever    
  • Loss of smell or taste                                            
  • Shortness of breath. (This could be a sign of pneumonia and you should seek immediate medical attention).

to a COVID-19 Community Based Assessment Centres (CBAC):

Auckland DHB, see here
Counties Manukau Health, see here, Scroll down the page
Waitemat? DHB, see here. Scroll down the page.


  1. Keep 2 metres apart from others when possible
  2. Your bubble can now be expanded, but play it safe
  3. COVID-19 ‘loves crowds’- Only 10 people max. for all gatherings indoors and outdoors, except for funerals and tangi
  4. Keep a record of your daily movements- this will help with contact tracing.


Healthcare – Where Should I Go?

Healthcare 6




  1. What:    The Immigration (COVID-19 Response) Amendment Act

Note, The Minister of Immigration has assured the migrant community in New Zealand that the Government will not use the powers in this Act to take away any existing visa rights.

Details: For more information, see here


  1. What:    Red Cross NZ surveys

The Red Cross are conducting a survey of people who have come to New Zealand from a refugee background. It is collecting this feedback from communities in order to    

 improve service delivery and mental health support in the future.

                Details:  The survey will take 3 minutes to complete. Click on the language relevant:

English, Tamil, Farsi, Spanish and Arabic.

Let’s all ‘Play it Safe and Remain Cautious’. If you need any information, please feel free to touch base with me.


Much thanks,