Kia ora e te iwi
As you will all know, the COVID-19 Protection Framework has now kicked in across Aotearoa. This provides a pathway out of lockdowns and is intended to give vaccinated New Zealanders more freedom and certainty while also protecting our most vulnerable.
All businesses and organisations are required to meet the related COVID-19 legislation and follow public health orders. There are also obligations to be met under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015.
For our rūnanga, these requirements are no different and we must continue to do all we can to keep whānau and kaimahi safe and minimise the risk of exposure to COVID-19. For that reason, from today, vaccination certificates will be required for all events and gatherings organised by Rangitāne o Wairau and will also be used at our tari in Rangitāne House.
We know that these changes are significant e te whānau, but we also know that the health and wellbeing of all our whānau and whānaunga must come first.
All events will be run drawing on the guidance provided by the COVID-19 Protection Framework – we will provide contact tracing as well as hand sanitiser and masks and social distancing rules will also be encouraged.
We’ll stay across the latest guidance and update our response where necessary and are also continuing to work with local health authorities in Te Tauihu to understand pathways for whānau who do contract Covid-19 and to ensure you have all the necessary information and support you need.
Kia haumaru e te iwi and please get in touch if you have any pātai.