COVID-19 Testing available at Parawhenua Marae 30th Nov – Dec 1st

We will be providing COVID-19 testing at Parawhenua Marae today and tomorrow as follows:

Tuesday 30 Nov 4-7pm

Wednesday 1 Dec 4-7pm

Thursday (COVID-19 zoom hui Q & A)

How does the Testing Centre work?

When you arrive to the venue, a whanau hauora team will direct you through to the parking area.

When you arrive to the venue, please stay in and/or near your car and one of the team will come and meet you to be tested.


  1. Our whanau hauora team will ask you some quick questions to check your details and check for any symptoms  (if you know your National Health Identifier (NHI) number then please bring this with you, but it is not essential).
  2. Our whanau hauora team will then awhi you to have the test.
  3. The swab looks like a long cotton-bud which is gently rubbed in the back of your nose.  

Key hint: breathe in when they take the test, which can help to distract the tickleish feeling!

  1. Results will be provided within 72 hours. 
  2. Feel awesome that you’ve had the test, and that you’re taking steps to tiaki/protect whanau. 
  3. Apparently there might be some yummy refreshments provided by our whanau tautoko….. ????????????

Whanau Hauora Team 

We are proud to have our own whanaunga Te Atatu (Tats) Mihaka providing her tautoko for whanau on site.  Tats is an Emergency Nurse who ran some of the COVID-19 isolation facilities in Auckland last year, and is providing this mahi for us with the support of the Whanau Ora Community Clinic.  Thank you Tats and Whanau Ora clinic!

Huge thank you to all of our whanau tautoko of Ngā Hapū o Te Ahuahu, for your expertise and guidance, to ensure the smooth running of this kaupapa for our whanau, hapū and marae.


The risk of contracting COVID-19 is still present for us all, from tamariki to kaumatua, regardless of other health problems and vaccination status. 

Protection of our whānau and hapū is our focus, because sometimes it is those we do not think of immediately whom can be adversely affected.

In order to awhi, and to protect all of our whanau, we encourage COVID-19 testing for all who attended our event on Saturday, as well as whanau who live in the same household, or whom you have been in direct contact with since the event.

Keep calm, Get Tested today

Testing sites open today;

Kaikohe main street (65 Broadway, where the night markets are held) – 10am-4pm

Kaikohe Broadway Health – 8am-5.30pm

Kerikeri – 1 Sammaree Place (end of Mill Lane) 9am-3pm

Whangarei – 20 Winger St, Whangarei 9am-3pm

Hokianga Hospital – 163 Parnell St, Rawene 9am-2pm

Dargaville Hospital 9am-3pm

Kaitaia Hospital 9am-3pm 

Protect yourself through Vaccination  

Vaccination is available 10am-4pm everyday this week at the night market site on main street in Kaikohe 

 Don’t be whakamā, COVID-19 is here, tiaki tō whanau e whanaunga mā, ā, kia ora ai tātou katoa.



The government has recognised it’s unusual to put a region into Alert Level 3 when there are no further cases, however, it is vitally important that we get ahead of any potential spread, set up widespread testing and continue contact tracing efforts. There are confirmed locations of interest in Whangārei and Kāmo, but the positive case is also believed to have travelled to Kawakawa and Paihia.

If you have been to any of these townships or would like a test, our clinic team are COVID testing this Wednesday 13th October and Thursday 14th October from 9-5pm at the Ohaeawai Rugby Clubrooms. Masks, bubble-life, social distancing, lockdowns, border patrols, testing and hand sanitising have got Te Tai Tokerau through hundreds of days without a case but now we have a vaccine available ― vaccination is our very best protection against this virus! Please call us on 09-405 2647 from 8am – 8pm 7 days to kōrero about the vax or to book in for a vax with your whānau. We can direct you to your closest walk-in centre too. For now e te whānau, enjoy your weekend with the people in your bubble and keep safe.

Hauora Hokianga Mobile COVID-19 vaccination clinics

Lee Mason

Board Secretary Support/Kaumātua Kuia KaiawhinaTe Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi-Ō-NgāpuhiEmail:

Office:  (09) 401-5530

Cell:  (027) 358 3203

Covid-19 Lockdown contact list for help

Kia ora koutou,

below is a list of contact numbers to call for help during this lockdown period. If you need to talk to somebody please don’t hesitate to reach out, and for those that are able please reach out to whānau, neighbours, and our elderly with a phone call or video call. See how they are coping and support each other with kōrero or any resources you can safely share.

Please stay safe in your house hold bubbles. Kia noho haumaru.