About Mangawhai Covid Response

As New Zealand moved to the Protection Framework (traffic light system), and the Auckland borders opened, the chance of individual communities having local outbreaks of Covid-19 increased.

For Mangawhai, the expected influx of visitors during our summer period posed the potential risk of a rapidly escalating situation that could have been particularly challenging. Local community services and businesses met early with Northland DHB to discuss preparedness and brainstorm challenges and solutions. As a result a group of key local support services and infrastructure was collaborated to formulate an Outbreak Resilience Plan that outlined the preparation and planning for a community response to keep our community safe and minimise the impact of a Covid-19 outbreak in our rohe.

Members of this focus group included: Civil Defence, St John, Northland DHB Public Health Unit, SOS Kaipara, Te Whai Community Trust Mangawhai; Te Ha Oranga, FENZ, Causeway Church, St Mary's Church and other community groups.

The establishment of this dedicated website and a number of social media platforms published verified and up to date information and advice for locals and visitors to the region to prepare for and cope with Covid in the Community.

This included:

- How you can best keep yourself safe
- Where you can get tested and vaccinated (add) for Covid-19
- What to expect if you test positive for Covid-19
- How to prepare for self isolation (whānau plan, supplies list)
- What local supports are available
- How local services may be affected