COVID-19 – Other Services

COVID-19 Support – Māori Business Response

Māori businesses have a dedicated 0800 helpline to coordinate direct access to specialist advisors who can provide business owners and employers during these difficult times.

0800 476 882

NZ Māori Tourism (NZMT), FOMA, POUTAMA and the Māori Women’s Development Inc. (MWDI) have united to fully utilise their collective resources, expertise and networks to support you as COVID-19 continues to impact on us all.

The 0800 line will be open from 8am – 8pm Monday to Friday and they will continue to check voicemail throughout the weekend. 


Flu vaccinations are being made available earlier this year in an effort to try and reduce the strain on the health system over winter.

The priority group for vaccinations at this time is people with existing long term medical conditions (including stroke, diabetes), compromised immune system from medical treatment (e.g. cancer), Maori over 60 and pregnant mums.

Those arriving for flu vaccinations will be greeted at the sites by Tui Ora staff wearing face masks. All whanau are to stay in their cars, as vaccinations will be provided this way (including to drivers if wanted).

Whanau should be mindful of the current guidelines when accessing this service – e.g. staying in their bubbles as much as possible.

Venues and Times

The Tui Ora vaccination team are going to be around the coast Thursday (Okato, Puniho, Rahotu & Parihaka), and whanau can get the times & location details by phoning Tui Ora on 0800 884 672.

The 0800 number will also be able to provide information on other vaccination programmes for the rest of Taranaki.

Urenui – Friday 9.40 am to 10.15 am Urenui Community Centre car park Waitara – Friday 11.15 am – 12.30 pm War Memorial Hall car park

Bell Block – Friday 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm Warehouse car park


If you don’t currently have access to an internet connection, Taranaki District Councils have put together an offer to assist you.

The service is being provided via Skinny Jump (Spark) and enables community members without an internet connection to receive a modem and internet connection at home, free of charge. Monthly data costs range from $5 up to $25 maximum.

To access the service, residents need to contact their local library any day of the week between 9am and 5pm. The contact numbers are:

New Plymouth libraries 027 646 4745

Stratford 06 765 6099

South Taranaki District 0800 111 323

Library staff will assist callers in establishing they qualify for the deal and setting them up with an email address and registering with Skinny Jump.