UPDATE: COVID-19 Alert Level 4 - All of Aotearoa

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Auckland remains in COVID Alert Level 4 until 11.59pm on Tuesday 31 August with a review on Monday (30th) to determine the next steps. The rest of New Zealand remains in COVID Alert Level 4 until 11.59pm on Friday 27 August with a review on Friday to determine the next steps. Kia haumaru te noho! Here's what our Waka Ama Whānau needs to do at Alert Level 4

This will have a significant impact on our waka ama whānau but for the safety of yourself, your whānau and the wider community we are reminding all our waka ama whānau to stay home this means no paddling of any kind during Level 4.

Information regarding Alert Level 4:

 Alert Level 4

  • Stay in your immediate household bubble and only go out for essential personal movements and doing essential work.
  • Safe recreational activity is allowed in your local area - Walking and Biking only
  • Face coverings are required when out in public and on all public transport and domestic flights
  • Businesses are closed except for essential services, such as: Supermarkets, Pharmacies, Medical clinics, Petrol stations, Lifeline utilities
  • All educational facilities are closed.
  • All public facilities are closed for example libraries, museums, cinemas, food courts, gyms, pools, amusement parks, playgrounds and farmers’ markets. 
  • Public open spaces for example parks may be used, but people need to keep 2 metres apart from people outside their bubbles. 
  •  No gatherings are allowed. 

Waka Ama Alert Level 4

  • All events on the waka ama calendar this week will be cancelled/postponed, and if the shutdown is extended further, those events outside of the 3-7 day shutdown will be cancelled/postponed also
  • All Waka Ama club and team trainings/events are cancelled during Alert Level 4.
  • Do not go paddling during Alert Level 4 or do any other activities that may require search and rescue services. For example, do not go swimming, surfing, boating, hunting or tramping
  • For more information regarding events at all Alert Levels - follow this link: wakaama.co.nz - table is attached at the bottom of this page also.

 Travel under Alert Level 4

  • Personal travel - including the use of private cars or public transport - is only permitted within the territorial authority, and for essential personal movement as defined in the Health Act order of 3 April 2020. 
  • If you are away from home, you can travel for the purpose of returning to your home. 
  • You should not travel out of your region unless you have to. This is vital to us getting on top of the situation. Strict criteria will apply to those who want to travel during the current Alert Level 4 restrictions.  

Healthcare under Level 4

  • Hospitals operate in line with the National Hospital Response Framework. 
  • Primary and community health providers will operate in line with the Community Response Framework. 
  • Only urgent acute care is conducted in person, maintaining public health guidelines. Routine care is postponed. 
  • Residential facilities remain open with strict visitor policies. In-home visiting is required for priority populations. 
  • Pharmacies remain open. 

COVID-19 Websites/Contacts

  • You can stay up to date with the latest information and advice from the New Zealand Ministry of Health here: health.govt.nz 
  • There is also a dedicated Government website where you can find all essential information covid19.govt.nz  
  • If you have any direct concerns regarding COVID-19, you can call the dedicated Healthline for free on 08003585453 (or +64 9 358 5453 if you’re using an international SIMS)
  • Our Waka Ama New Zealand office will be open remotely, please don’t hesitate to contact us at admin@wakaama.co.nz  We will be keeping in Intouch with you via social media and club emails.
  • Also, information regarding COVID-19 in relation to the Sport and Recreation sector is available here: https://sportnz.org.nz/covid-19/alert-level-information/  



If you feel sick at all – Please stay home If you have any symptoms of COVID-19 even a runny nose, please get a test and then stay home until you get the results back. People at higher risk of severe illness If you feel sick at all – Please stay home 

If you have any symptoms of COVID-19 even a runny nose, please get a test and then stay home until you get the results back. 

People at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 (e.g. those with underlying medical conditions, especially if not well-controlled, and seniors) are encouraged to take additional precautions when leaving home.

This is a challenging and unprecedented time once again for Aotearoa and for our Waka Ama community, but we know the importance of staying home and listening to the COVID-19 alert level information.   Please be safe and be kind,  we look forward to seeing all our waka ama whānau back on the water soon

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