Helping Migrant Communities

Migrant Connections Taranaki  has been providing support to immigrants  issues and challenges during the lockdown period through social media and our website. We understand that many of you may be experiencing a  state of high emotional distress, in the form of shock, severe anxiety, fear, general stress and facing many new challenges . We are here to  help ease those struggles, to provide you with access to information on preparedness and awareness during and post the COVID -19 Pandemic that is essential to your well-being.
If you require immediate support, please contact us directly by email

There is a lot of helpful information available about COVID-19 and what it means for you, your family and community. This page covers a range of topics that are relevant to ethnic communities and points you to further official information.

Life at Red

At Red, we need to take action to protect our vulnerable communities and our health system from COVID-19. Learn what we all need to do.

Key Points

  • Red is not a lockdown, but there are restrictions to slow the spread of COVID-19.

  • You will always be able to access basic needs services, such as food and healthcare.

  • You can travel anywhere in New Zealand for any reason, and see friends and whānau. 

  • You must wear a face mask on flights, public transport, and taxis, in retail shops and public venues, and in health and education facilities.

  • With My Vaccine Pass, most parts of life continue as usual. You can visit cafes and bars, attend gatherings and events, and go to the hairdresser and gym. There are capacity limits and distancing requirements at some venues.

  • Without My Vaccine Pass, there are restrictions.

  • Workplaces and schools are open.

  • Keep scanning QR codes and recordkeeping wherever you go.

  • Keep physically distanced wherever possible.

  • If you have cold, flu or COVID-19 symptoms, isolate immediately and call Healthline for advice.

My Vaccine Pass

You will be legally required to provide your My Vaccine Pass to enter places that have vaccination requirements in place under the traffic light system. This may include hospitality venues, events, gatherings and gyms. You cannot be asked to provide your My Vaccine Pass to access basic needs services, such as supermarkets, public transport, and essential health care. 

My Vaccine Pass

Book your free vaccination

Everyone in Aotearoa New Zealand aged 12 and over can book their free COVID-19 vaccination now. You can book your vaccination online or by phone.

Book your free vaccination

Wear a face covering

There are some places and situations where you must wear a face covering, such as on public transport and inside supermarkets. If you are around people you do not know, it is a good idea to wear a face covering.

Wear a face covering at Red

Keep track of where you have been

Scan in using the NZ COVID Tracer app if you can, or use another method. This helps with rapid contact tracing if it is required.

Keep track of where you have been

Get a test if you are unwell

If you have cold, flu or COVID-19 symptoms, call Healthline, your doctor or iwi health provider. They will tell you if you should get a COVID-19 test.

Get tested for COVID-19

COVID-19 symptoms

Maintain good hygiene

Use basic hygiene measures, including washing your hands, coughing or sneezing into your elbow and cleaning surfaces.

Maintain good hygiene

Hospitality venues at Red

Hospitality venues, such as cafes, bars, restaurants and nightclubs, can open at Red, with My Vaccine Pass restrictions. 

More Information - Hospitality venues at Red


Education can open at Red, but you may have to follow public health measures such as wearing a face mask.

More Information - Education at Red

Events and public facilities at Red

Events can go ahead with My Vaccine Pass requirements and public facilities can open with restrictions at Red.

More Information - Events and public facilities at Red

Gatherings and visits at Red

Gatherings and visits, such as at home, places of worship, and sport locations, can go ahead at Red, with My Vaccine Pass requirements and restrictions.

More Information - Gatherings and visits at Red

Moving, buying and selling your home at Orange

You can move house, and buy or sell a property at Red.

More Information - Moving, buying and selling your home at Red

Travel and accommodation at Red

You can travel around New Zealand and stay at accommodation at Red.

More Information - Travel and accommodation at Red

Shopping and services at Red

You can always access food, healthcare and other basic needs at Red, and visit other retail outlets.

More Information - Shopping and services at Red

Sports and recreation at Red

You can play and watch sport and recreation at Red, with My Vaccine Pass requirements at some locations.

More Information - Sports and recreation at Red

Businesses and workplaces at Red

Businesses and workplaces can open at Red. Some workers may need to be vaccinated.

More Information - Businesses and workplaces at Red

It is OK to ask for help

As we work through this together, there are people and agencies able to support you. 

Contact and support services

Find services and contact information for when you need help, support, financial support, advice or information about COVID-19. You can also Migrant Connections directly for help with your enquiries.

More Information - Contact and support services

At-risk people

People are at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 if they are older or have an underlying medical condition. If you are an at-risk person, you will need to take extra precautions at Red.

Advice for at-risk people

Information in other languages and alternate formats

Alert Level 2 information in other languages

Student and International Student Support

If you are studying in the Taranaki region and are finding it difficult to feed yourself and pay for basic essentials, we may be able to assist you. Migrant Connections Taranaki understands that many students are dependent upon part-time work to survive, and we are aware that many students have lost their part-time employment over the past few months.


If you are struggling during this time, please contact us so we can help you. We are also working closely with other organisations that may be able to assist you. Contact Us Here

Helpful Information from National Organisations

New Zealand Red Cross - Wellbeing Tips

Please Stay Safe - Look After Yourself and Your Families

Kind Regards

Migrant Connections Coordinator and Trustees

Covid_19 Updates
Taranaki Region is now at Red.