Update: New Zealand entered the “Orange” level of the COVID-19 Protection Framework or “Traffic Light” system from 14 April 2022 as the Omicron variant outbreak subsides. Since 25 February the Ministry is no longer publishing new locations of interest. For more information, see the Government’s COVID-19 website and the information set out below.
Stay safe and well, Pukerua Bay!
Support for residents
August 2021: The Residents’ Association and PKB Hub again enacted community resilience and support plans for Pukerua Bay. If you need help, let us know your details by asking for help here, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Read our post here to find out more about what we did last year.
The COVID Courier community newsletter
Current issue: COVID Courier vol 2 issue #1, August 2021 (PDF)
Read back issues from 2020 on our COVID Courier page.
Keeping up to date
This is a fast moving situation, so for the latest updates and official information on the COVID-19 pandemic, it is best to keep tabs on the following sites:
- Official updates from the NZ Government: Unite against COVID-19
- News coverage: Radio NZ National (and on 101.3 FM), and Stuff
- World Health Organisation: Coronavirus pandemic status
- Ministry of Health: COVID-19 updates and guidelines
- Wellington Regional Emergency Management Office: Wellington region information
- Porirua City Council: COVID-19 updates and notices
- Wage support, employment, and benefits: WINZ coronavirus information
- Support for your business: MBIE Business portal COVID-19 update
- Essential businesses: information for business operators and workers
- Musicians who have lost gigs: fill in the form on I Lost My Gig NZ
If you are unwell
If you have symptoms of COVID-19 coronavirus disease (cough, fever of at least 38°C, shortness of breath), call the NZ COVID-19 Healthline on 0800 358 5453 (or +64 9 358 5453 for international calls). Note that these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have COVID-19, and are similar to other illnesses that are much more common.
Shop normally, shop safely
Please remember that this time around masks are mandatory in shops, including the Pukerua Bay dairy, supermarkets and pharmacies.
There is no need to panic-buy when shopping. Even at “Red” Alert Level, the government has pledged to provide the support required to keep supermarkets and pharmacies open and well-stocked. Buying items in bulk may deprive other more vulnerable shoppers in real need, and buying things like masks and hand sanitiser in bulk will make them more difficult to obtain for health and hospital staff.
See our post about shopping safely.
In “Orange” Alert Level, all Wellington region trains and buses are running on regular timetables, and masks are mandatory on all public transport (no face coverings, bandanas, scarves, etc.) For up-to-date details, refer to the Metlink website’s COVID-19 information page. The Metlink contact centre free phone number is 0800 801700.
2020 response report
With the COVID-19 lock down in 2020, people throughout our community reached out to help their neighbours. Some of us formed a group to create an organised response. We asked you what you thought about this, and that information has now been used to help write a report about “lessons learned”. We can use those lessons to help us revise our Village Plan. You can read the report here: