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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Moving to Alert Level 1
We have now moved from Alert Level 2 to Alert Level 1. The following is what life looks like at Level 1.
Life at Alert Level 1
At Alert Level 1 we all need to be ready in case COVID-19 reappears in our community.
Controls at the borders remain for those entering New Zealand. This includes health screening and testing for all arrivals, and mandatory 14 day managed isolation or quarantine.
If you're sick
Staying at home if you’re sick is especially important at Alert Level 1. The risk of COVID-19 being spread in the community is much greater when there are no restrictions on gatherings or going out.
Get a test if you have symptoms
If you have cold or flu symptoms, stay home and call your GP or Healthline on 0800 358 5453 to see if you need a test.
Maintain good hygiene
Keep up good hand washing practices, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds, and drying thoroughly. Cough and sneeze into your elbow. Keep surfaces clean.
Face coverings help keep you and others safe
Continuing good habits with face coverings will keep you and others safe, even at Alert Level 1 when it’s no longer compulsory.
We encourage you to use face coverings on public transport and when you cannot maintain physical distance from people you do not know, for example in supermarkets.
Be prepared by having a supply of face coverings for everyone who usually lives in your household. Add some to your household emergency kit.
Keep track of where you’ve been and who you've seen
At Alert Level 1, there is still a risk of COVID-19 returning to the community. We encourage you to continue tracking where you’ve been and who you’ve seen to help with contact tracing, if required.
You can use the NZ COVID Tracer app on public transport, in workplaces and when visiting businesses and shops. You can also add manual entries for places you've been that do not have a QR code poster.
Alternatively, you can keep your own diary with details of places you’ve visited, the time you were there and who you were with.
Public transport operators, workplaces and businesses legally must display the NZ COVID Tracer QR code poster to help customers to keep track of where they’ve been.
Keep your distance
COVID-19 is contained at Alert Level 1, but it’s still worthwhile to keep a safe distance from people you don’t know while out and about. This will help to minimise the spread of COVID-19 if community transmission returns.
If you’re having trouble with money, there may be support for you.
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
Please Stay Safe - Look After Yourself and Your Families
Migrant Connections Coordinator and Trustees