MIGRANT CONNECTIONS

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 mctnz@xtra.co.nz.

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.

Border restrictions

 

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.

Travel to New Zealand

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.

What to do if you’re sick

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.

COVID-19 symptoms

Getting a COVID-19 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.

How to practice good hygiene and stay healthy

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.

NZ COVID Tracer app (external link)

 

Alternatively, you can keep your own diary with details of places you’ve visited, the time you were there and who you were with. 

How to keep track of where you’ve been

 

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.

Get your NZ COVID Tracer QR code poster

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.

Financial support

 

If you’re having trouble with money, there may be support for you.

Financial support information

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

LEVEL 1
New Zealand is at Alert Level 2. More information on Alert Level 1
Migrant Connections Taranaki

Telephone: 06 759 1492 Ext 8

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