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 2


We have now moved from Alert Level 3 to Alert Level 2. The following is what life looks like at Level 2.

Life at Alert Level 2

Life at Alert Level 2 means we can resume many of our everyday activities — but we have to do so safely.

  • Most businesses can open if they can do it safely. This will help to get people back to work.

  • We can go in-store at local businesses.

  • Tertiary education facilities, schools and early learning centres will be open.

  • We can travel between regions.

  • Gatherings like weddings, funerals, tangihanga, church services, religious ceremonies and social gatherings can have up to 100 people. When holding a gathering, play it safe — maintain hygiene standards and meet existing record-keeping requirements for contact tracing.

  • We can safely connect and socialise with close friends and family, in groups of up to 100 people.

  • We can visit local cafes and restaurants bars and pubs to have a meal.

  • We can return to our regular recreation activities, at first keeping to 10 people.

Play it Safe at Alert Level 2

You will have more freedom of movement at Alert Level 2, but it’s up to each one of us to keep the rest of New Zealand safe. These are the most important things that you can do:

  • COVID-19 is still out there. Play it safe.

  • Keep your distance from other people in public.

  • If you’re sick, stay home. Don’t go to work or school. Don’t socialise.

  • If you have symptoms of cold or flu call your doctor or Healthline and get tested.

  • Wash your hands. Wash your hands. Wash your hands.

  • Sneeze and cough into your elbow, regularly disinfect surfaces.

  • If you have been told to self-isolate you must do so immediately.

  • Keep a track of where you’ve been and who you’ve seen.

Services & Support Contacts - Translations


Māori | Te Reo Māori

New Zealand Sign Language

Arabic | عربي

Bengali | বাংলা

Simplified Chinese | 简体中文

Cook Islands Māori | Te Reo Māori Kuki ‘Āirani

Dari | دری

Farsi | فارسی

Fijian | Vosa Vakaviti

Hindi | हिन्दी

Indonesian | Bahasa Indonesia

Japanese | 日本語

Kiribati | Te taetae ni Kiribati

Korean | 한국어

Video Translations Available Here: Click here to listen in your language

All links are to information on the government’s COVID-19 website with various topics on;

Income Relief Payment

  • To find out more about  the new Covid-19 Income Relief Payment, who is eligible, payment rates and how and when to apply, please Click Here

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

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