Official guidelines for tangihanga during Alert Level 4

Update 30th March:

Viewing of our loved ones

At the moment, Waikato hospital and the rural hospitals are able to continue with viewing of our loved ones that have passed.  The viewing will be in the mortuary however it will be limited to only two whaanau members and both whaanau members must be from the same isolation bubble.  Our hospital based kaitiaki are available to awhi whaanau leading up to and after a loved one has passed.  Please share the kaitiaki contact mobile numbers below.  Please encourage whaanau to have their whaanau spokesperson(s) contact our kaitiaki. 


Te Kuiti & Taumarunui Hospitals



021 286 2972

Thames Hospital



021 358 972

Tokoroa Hospital



021 970 466

Waikato Hospital


Team leader,  ED, after hours




Womens, Paed, Cardiac, ICU, HDU




Acute, OPRS, Respiratory, Oncology




Medical wards

Surgical wards








COVID + Maaori

As at 9am, there are currently 12 Maaori with COVID in the WDHB area.  Iwi affiliations are being confirmed.  All are in isolation at home.  All are contacted daily for wellness checking.  To date, all have decline welfare support. 


Rapua Te Ngangara

Waikato DHB is setting up Community Based Assessment Centres (CBAC) throughout the Waikato DHB area.  These centres are for assessment and swabbing if you think you may have COVID-19. This is not a place for treatment or vaccinations i.e. influenza - you need to contact a general practice or doctor or pharmacy for these.  If you are displaying flu-like systems or have recently travelled, you need to phone Healthline on 0800 358 5453.  Healthline will provide guidance on whether assessment and testing is needed. If you cannot get through to Healthline you can also phone your general practice/doctor for advice.  It is important that only those directed to seek assessment visit the centres to avoid creating unnecessary delays.

Please be prepared to wait at the centres and do not get out of your car. There is no need to panic or rush down early to attend the centre as they will be open every day until further notice.

You will be greeted at the centre by trained medical professionals who will be in full personal protection gear and who will ask you a number of questions and take a temperature check to confirm if testing is required.  It is important for people to understand that attending the centre does not automatically mean they'll be swabbed for COVID-19.   For general guidance on COVID-19, the Ministry of Health has good information and resources for you to stay safe: www.COVID19.govt.nz

Follow this link to find a CBAC location and opening hours https://www.waikatodhb.health.nz/your-health/covid-19-in-waikato/cbac/


IMPORTANT – over the weekend a COVID cluster has been identified in the Matamata area.  A mobile CBAC is being deployed asap.


Ngaa manaakitanga


Janise H Eketone | GM – Maaori Health | Waikato District Health Board | xtn 94108 |

m 027 218 9844 | e janise.eketone@waikatodhb.health.nz


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