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Rising Pacific Covid 19 numbers in Aotearoa and the Marist Fiafia night that has turned into the communities worst nightmare.

“I’ve never prayed so hard in my life, I felt like I was going to die and it was like an aitu passed into me”…Geoff Muliaga Brown Covid19 positive case from the Marist cluster – the biggest cluster in NZ with 84 cases on Weds April 8th.

“Pacific people have to listen to the ones who have had this – if you value your family and the people you love you will take all the safety advice extremely seriously! Don’t go near anyone but the people in your bubble, don’t visit your other aiga, don’t go to any church prayers no matter how small, if you love your family you do not want them to get this! “ is his heartfelt plea to the Pacific community. 

Geoff got hit hard with Corona virus 3 days after MCing the fated Marist College fiafia night with fellow MC Sela Alo who is also recovering from being infected with Covid 19 from the function held the week before NZ’s official lockdown.…more


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CORONAVIRUS WEEK 4 - COVID19 PACIFIC UPDATE

We're now into the 4th week since the World Health Organisation upgraded the Coronavirus to a Pandemic.  We will be updating this page with Pacific Islands updates for our community here in New Zealand and around the Pacific.  To catch up on updates from Week 1 click here , Week 2 click here & Week 3 click here 

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WEDNESDAY 8th APRIL 

NEW ZEALAND - Pacific Island confirmed cases in New Zealand has increased to 43 with Marist College still being the highest cluster now up to 84 confirmed cases.  Ethnicity breakdown has not been given in regards to the clusters yet.  They will be widening the testing to test people who are not showing symptoms to see if they are pre-symptomatic.

- There are 50 new cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand, 26 confirmed and 24 probable. 12 people are in hospital, four are in intensive care and two of them are in a critical condition.  The new total of confirmed and probable cases in NZ is 1210.…more


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KAVA DRINKERS & KAVA CLUB GOERS - "STAY HOME & SAVE LIVES"

Manase Lua, National Manager Kanorau / Principal Advisor Pasifika shares an important message for those who are breaking the rules and gathering for Kava sessions - 

To my fellow kava drinkers and regular kava club goers, please listen to the authorities. The more of you breaking the rules and meeting secretly to have kava together, the higher the risk of transmission of the Coronavirus into our communities. These are your parents, sister, aunts, grandparents and kid’s lives you are playing with. Your selfish actions could actually kill people, your people, your own family members. That’s how serious this thing is. Save lives. Stay home. Drink kava online with friends. The faster we beat this virus, the fast we can return to our normal tradition of drinking together.…more


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FOOD PARCELS /BANKS & SUPPORT GROUPS in the AUCKLAND REGION

List of Food parcel / banks and support groups in the Auckland region still operating during the lockdown.

Auckland City Mission Foodbank

If you need a food parcel call the Auckland City Mission on (09) 303 9266 and speak to the Crisis Care team. You will then be given a time to collect from the Auckland City Mission distribution centre at 15 Auburn Street, off Boston road in Grafton. Everyone must take ID with them.

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Salvation Army Food Parcels 

Contact the Mt Wellington Salvation Army Community Ministry 09 379 7615 – or their local Salvation Army Community Ministry (ring 0800 53 00 00 to find your local ministry). You will be given a time to collect your food parcel.

Presbyterian Support Northern 

Call 09 309 2054 to arrange a pick up at 8 Madeira Lane, Grafton. Strictly no walk-ins and collections are strictly between 11-12am Mon-Fri.

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St Vincent De Paul in Newton Branch 

Call 09 815 6122 or email – Auckland@stvinnies.co.nz and they can deliver a food parcel.

Nga Whare Waatea Marae 

Open Mon-Fri, 10am-2pm.…more


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CORONAVIRUS - WEEK 3 COVID19 PACIFIC UPDATE

We're now into the 3rd week since the World Health Organisation upgraded the Coronavirus to a Pandemic.  We will be updating this page with Pacific Islands updates for our community here in New Zealand and around the Pacific.  To catch up on updates from Week 1 click here  ,  Week 2 click here  & Week 3 click here 

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FRIDAY 3rd APRIL 

NEW ZEALAND  - There have been 71 new cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand. 13 people are currently in hospital, and one is in intensive care. All are in stable condition.  This brings the total number of cases to 868. 49% of cases have a direct link to overseas travel. 3,446 tests were processed yesterday in labs around the country. 

Dr Ashley Bloomfield says there are 135 people in quarantine after arriving in the country with symptoms. Patients who are classified as 'recovered' must have passed 10 days since the onset of symptoms – and been clear from symptoms for 48 hours.…more


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SAMOAN/NZer WHO TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID19 SHARES HIS STORY

“Honestly I thought I was going to die ... people absolutely need to take this seriously - it’s the worst thing I've ever had” 

56 year old Samoan man Tupa’i Keneti Apa is in his 17th day of fighting the Corona virus which he and his wife picked up while traveling back from Los Angeles. One of the first Pacific Islanders to be confirmed with the virus in New Zealand, he details his daily journey and what can actually happen to you if you catch the highly contagious sickness.  His wife Tessa also contracted the virus but it was a milder case than his, showing how the virus can impact people differently.

TUPA'I KENETI APA - COVID19 DIARY

13/3 in Los Angeles I lost my sense of smell and taste

14/3 in Los Angeles I got body aches and high temperature ...and we left for New Zealand. I just thought I had the normal flu or bad cold. We self isolate when we got home.

15/3 to 20/3 everything got worse, but still could have been the flu.…more


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Staying safe in a COVID19 climate for Pacific families

For many of our Pasifika community, our 'family bubble' contains multiple generations - in some cases up to 4 generations living under the same roof.  Dr Siautu Alefaio, Associate Dean Pacific | College of Humanities & Social Sciences at Massey University gives us a few suggestions on staying safe AND sane during the Covid19 lock down.  

Dr Siautu Alefaio

As one who lives in a multi-generational family care household (myself, hubby, my 79 yr old father, my younger brother, his wife and four children 9, 8, 6 and 1 yrs), the bubble visual explanation caused a bit of a stir in our larger than the average kiwi-family bubble. A lot of Pacific families have multiple-bubbles under one roof, so just like our family we need to take a bit of time to think, talanoa (talk-story) and adjust some of the ways we will be living. For some families this will be even more difficult if one or more members of the family are still working as part of ‘essential services’.…more


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TVNZ EUROPE CORRESPONDENT DANIEL FAITAUA'S BROTHER ANTHONY PASSES AWAY FROM CANCER

Daniel broke down on his last breakfast show to the nation when he talked about being away as a journalist while his brother was critically ill but he is now devastated that his brother has passed and he cant travel because of Covid 19

"We are so blessed to have family, because its everything" in this interview with fellow Samoan tv presenter Pippa wetzell Daniel talks about his growing up with his grandma and his family background in NZ after coming from Samoa.


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How To: Self-Isolate living at home with your big island family

How do you live in self isolation with a big Island family?

Young Samoan, Sapati Apa shoes us how she is quarantined in a multi generational family at home.


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CORONAVIRUS WEEK 2 - COVID19 PACIFIC UPDATE

We're now into the 2nd week since the World Health Organisation upgraded the Coronavirus to a Pandemic.  We will be updating this page with Pacific Islands updates for our community here in New Zealand and around the Pacific.  To catch up on updates from Week 1 click here 

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FRIDAY 27th MARCH 

NEW ZEALAND - #BREAKING 85 new cases of Covid-19. 76 new confirmed, 9 probable cases. 8 are in hospital. Six stable, two less stable, one of whom is in intensive care. 37 people have recovered from Covid-19.  Dr Ashley Bloomfield says it will take at least 10 days before we will see the number of cases drop.  Those who have recovered from Covid-19 are signed off by a health official after being symptom free for a 14-day period. The increase in cases has put pressure on contact tracing.

- The ICU patient is in Nelson Hospital and has been in there for some days, but their health has deteriorated over the past 24 hours.…more