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News from NZ Māori Tourism and Māori tourism experiences around Aotearoa New Zealand

Latest COVID-19 Updates - 23 August

Tēnā tātou katoa,

Update from today

Auckland will remain in Level 4 lockdown until 11:59pm Tuesday 31 August. This will be reviewed on Monday 30 August.

The rest of New Zealand will remain in Level 4 lockdown until 11:59pm Friday 27 August. This will be reviewed on Friday as well.

There are 35 new cases in the community today, bringing the total number of cases to 107. Of these new cases, 33 are in Auckland and two are in Wellington.


Thank you to all those that attended our karakia this morning. It was fantastic to see so many faces! We would also like to mihi those who conducted the karakia, thank you for your time and dedication to create this space.

In our email last week, we said that the karakia would take place every day from 7am. However, to allow for a break during the week, we will be conducting the karakia on Mondays and Fridays.

We will send out further information on Wednesday with details about Friday’s karakia.

Thanks for your patience on this!


QR Codes
Minister Hipkins announced on Sunday that it is mandatory that people sign in wherever they go to allow for faster contact tracing in the event of another outbreak.

Businesses or event hosts must provide QR Codes and a manual recording form for customers, staff and suppliers.

Click here for more information and how you can make a QR Code for your business or place of gathering.

The obligation will be on the person responsible for the place or gathering to ensure people can scan or sign in. 

This includes cafes, restaurants, bars, casinos and concerts, aged care, healthcare facilities (excluding patients), barbers, exercise facilities, nightclubs, libraries, courts, local and central government agencies, and social services providers with customer service counters.

Click here for more information on scanning, how to download the NZ COVID Tracer app, and how to use alternative forms of recording.


Resurgence Support Payment (RSP) via Inland Revenue
Opens tomorrow at 8am. This Payment is to help with fixed costs like rent.

Firms that experience a 30 per cent drop in revenue over a seven-day period will be eligible for the RSP.

The RSP is worth up to $1500 plus $400 per full-time equivalent employee, up to a maximum of 50 full-time employees (so up to a total of $21,500).

For example:
You have a business with 3 Full Time Employees (FTE).

You’ve experienced a 30% or more decline in revenue by comparing a 7-day period pre–Alert Level Rise, and a 7-day period at the raised Alert Level.

You could be eligible to receive $2700 = ($1500 (baseline payment) + $400 (FTE) + $400 (FTE) + $400 (FTE)).

However, if your business has a ‘low revenue’ your payment will be capped at four times (4x) the amount your revenue has dropped over the 7-day raised Alert Level period. 

So, if your business has a revenue decline of $500, you would receive an RSP payment of $2000 (4 x $500).

You can apply for the RSP and the Wage Subsidy at the same time. Applications for the Wage Subsidy close September 3.


New Zealand Tourism Awards
The NZ Tourism Awards and Tourism Summit Aotearoa have been postponed until 29 November. The event will continue to take place in Kirikiriroa Hamilton.

If you have any questions, please contact the TIA events team on


Urgent Food Needs
If your situation is urgent and you need food within the next 24-48 hours, you can contact a local food bank. Find food banks and other food assistance services across New Zealand


Whānau Ora provider network
Provide whanau with kai, heating, communications, connectivity, and other supports. Please get in touch if you need any assistance.

Whānau Ora contacts:


Ministry of Health
Please remember: If you were at a location of interest, at the specified times, or have cold and flu symptoms, please call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 for advice on testing.

If you go for a test, wear a mask, scan in to the QR codes located on site and if possible take your NHI number with you. This is likely to speed up the process.

You’ll be able to find your NHI number of a hospital letter, a prescription or prescription receipt. The Ministry has also established a new 0800 number to find out - 0800 855 066.


Find out more here on the COVID-19 business helpline and resources.

Noho ora mai,
NZ Māori Tourism.


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