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This page brings together reliable information about Covid-19 for Pasifika peoples, organisations employing Pasifika people, and Pasifika community groups.
O le punaoa lea I totonu o nei so'otaga a le upega tafa'ilagi (links) lea, e iai fa'amatalaga ua fa'amaonia e uiga I le fa'ama'I o le Koviti-19 mo Tagata Pasefika, Fa'alapotopotoga ma falefaigaluega lae faigaluega iai Tagata Pasefika, ma nisi o Fa'alapotopotoga Pasefika eseese.
Oku ma’u ‘i heni ‘ae ngaahi fakamatala pau fekau’aki moe Koviti 19 ma’ae kakai Pasifiki, ngaahi kautaha ‘oku nau faka ngaue’i e kakai Pasifiki mo ha toe kulupu Pasifiki pe.
The August 2020 outbreak of Covid-19 in Auckland is New Zealand’s largest cluster to date. Pasifika peoples make up the majority of cases in this cluster, many of whom are younger people. We have produced this infographic outlining the evidence on why Covid-19 is of particular importance to Pasifika peoples.
The Ministry for Pacific Peoples has helpful advice and videos on what Covid-19 means for Pasifika communities. These are available in different Pacific languages, see mpp.govt.nz.
Some healthcare and other workers may also be required to wear personal protective equipment (PPE), such as gloves or a gown. Your employer will let you know if you need PPE. Information on using PPE is available from Te Pou in Tongan and Samoan, or you can read it in English here .
Pasifika peoples have a high rate of testing for COVID-19 (see health.govt.nz). It is important that high levels of testing continue in the Pasifika community.
Testing helps identify people with Covid-19 and to manage wider spread of the virus within the community. Pasifika peoples are encouraged to get tested, along with Māori people, health and aged-care workers, older people, disabled people, and people with chronic health conditions. The best thing for the community is to take a test for Covid-19 if you have cold or flu-like symptoms or are offered a test for Covid-19. See covid19.govt.nz
If you’re in Auckland you can get a test at your local family doctor, a designated GP clinic, an urgent care clinic, or community testing centre. If you live outside Auckland contact Healthline (0800 358 5453) or your doctor to find out where to get tested. See health.govt.nz
You will get your results within a couple of days of being tested. You will then be told what you need to do next.
People who need to self-isolate are unable to leave their homes to visit the supermarket or pharmacy. Family members, community groups, or providers may be able to help you. You may be able to order groceries online or use tools such as delivereat.co.nz to find supplies.
If you need to access food and medicines urgently you can contact your local Civil Defence and Emergency Group for help. If you are in Auckland phone 0800 222 296, otherwise visit communityhousing.org.nz or belong.org.nz for information in English and Pacific languages.
COVID-19 is having an impact on many aspects of our lives. People will react differently. Some people may feel worried, anxious, sad, or angry at this time. Feeling tense or worried when dealing with a stressful situation is normal. Tools and resources are available to help.
Le Va, a sister organisation to Te Pou, supports Pasifika families and communities to unleash their full potential and have the best possible health and wellbeing outcomes. Visit Le Va’s website and Facebook page to find out more about the great work being done by this organisation.
You can look after yourself by staying connected and supporting others, acknowledging how you are feeling, sticking to your routines where possible, and seeking accurate information from trustworthy sources.
Some good ways of looking after others involve continuing to give to others and letting them know you are there to help, checking in with people who might need help, being kind to one another, and working together.