COVID-19

News and updates relating to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak and pandemic.

The alert level two rules have changed for delta

Kia ora e te whānau o Pukerua.  The alert levels have changed – yeeha!  What does Level 2  mean for us? As you know, the headlines are about wearing face coverings, keeping track of where you’ve been, and practising basic good hygiene. This short article breaks it down further: 
https://thespinoff.co.nz/business/07-09-2021/the-new-rules-for-alert-level-two-updated-for-delta-explained/

New COVID Courier poster

Here’s a flyer with some basic messages that you might find helpful. We’re also putting some of these up around the Bay. Please feel welcome to forward it to any of our locals who might find it helpful. Kia kaha, Pukerua Bay!

A message from the Pukerua Bay dairy

Due to illness and the lockdown conditions, opening hours may vary. Most days, the dairy will be open from 9am till 7pm. Please remember to use the COVID-19 Tracer App or sign in. The QR code is on the door. Please wear a mask or bring evidence if there is a medical reason not to wear one.

And a message from our community: Thank you Chandry and Cheryl for keeping the store open at this difficult time – we are grateful!

COVID-19 response update

Pukerua Bay’s COVID-19 response group has now met several times. It’s all systems go for activating our network of support. We have 18 street champions covering all of the Bay.

Last year, we also had a layer of volunteers. This became a little too complicated but what did work really well was all the support neighbours gave each other. If you had a local Facebook group or phone tree last time, maybe you could start it again?

For more information, please go to the community website COVID-19 page at pukeruabay.org.nz/coronavirus

To access help, please:

Stay well, Pukerua Bay!

Community response to the Level 4 lockdown

Pukerua Bay’s 2020 Covid-19 response group has met online to re-establish and discuss suitable local responses to the present Level 4 alert.

  • There is a need to plan for escalation beyond 3 days, which would involve reaching out to volunteers.
  • We have agreed it is best to contact street champions to see if they would be keen to help again, and review of geography may be needed. Note that for privacy reasons, the broader volunteer contact details were deleted as agreed in 2020.
  • Porirua City Council has been in touch with the Pukerua Bay Residents’ Association. Speed has meant they haven’t been able to activate anything yet but if you hear of anybody in immediate urgent need, please let us know so we can alert teams that are still working on site at the Council and at the Wellington Regional Emergency Operations Centre. Any links that we are advised of will be made available.

Keep in touch and stay safe in Level 2

With the move to Level 2 in the Covid-19 response, we have also reduced our community response to keeping a eye on events. However, we still have a group of volunteers willing to help.

If you need some assistance with collecting essential goods, such as grocery shopping or collecting medicine, please get in touch with us by phoning Helen on 0211466421 or emailing Kelly at pukeruabayhub@gmail.com.

Don’t forget to look after your mental wellbeing (we have some advice here), and the City Council has some welfare information here.

Loving our place – Covid Courier #5

In a few weeks, you’re going to be asked to help review our Village Plan. In the past, residents have always said that one of the things they love most about Pukerua Bay is our beautiful natural environment.

This issue of the Covid Courier looks at some of what makes our place so special and offers you a chance to be given a copy of one of Gay Hay’s beautiful books! It also looks at some of the supports available as we change lockdown levels.

  • Kohekohe by Gillian Candler
  • Nature in Pukerua Bay by Gay Hay
  • We remembered on Anzac Day
  • Coping with change – support within our village and from outside

COVID Courier – Anzac issue

Hot off the press — Pukerua Bay’s COVID Courier ANZAC Day special!

Pukerua Bay has a long association with servicemen. Some of the men were living in the Bay when they enlisted, but many of them were associated with the Bay through friends and family.

Local historian, Margaret Blair, tells their stories in this special issue of COVID Courier.

Plan for the 25th: Stand at Dawn
The RSA and New Zealand Defence Force would like us to remember those who gave their lives for our country. At 6:00 am on Saturday 25 April, stand at your letterbox and take a moment to remember our fallen – but please stay within your ‘bubble’.

Read the Anzac issue of the COVID Courier.

COVID Courier #3 is out

The latest edition of the COVID Courier is out, with more on our competitions.

Most of us are probably keen to hear the news — possibly tomorrow — about when we will move from Level 4 to Level 3.

In the meantime, we have more news about events in Pukerua Bay and the PKB Lockdown challenges.

We also have advice from one of our community members on linking up with someone if you’re feeling a bit down.

Read it all here. If you know a neighbour who would like it, but isn’t online or on social media, print a copy and drop it in their letterbox.

COVID Courier #2 out

The lastest edition of the COVID Courier is out with news and tips for getting through the rest of the lockdown.

And competitions! The limericks made us chuckle, but we want more.

Kirk has a challenge for you to help make videos and take photos about you and your family during the lockdown.

If you’re finding things getting a bit much, you don’t have to go through it on your own. The Courier has tips on where to find emotional support.

And there’s information about where you can worship this Easter – obviously from home – but there are Christian communities that have organised events anyone can join.

Read it all here.