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COVID-19 Information

Updated 8 October 2021

Alert Level 3: Waitomo including Te Kuiti, Waipa and Ōtorohanga districts, North-West Waikato and Auckland

Alert Level 2:  Rest of NZ 

 

ALERT LEVEL 3

  • At Alert Level 3, up to 10 people can attend a funeral, tangihanga or burial. The 10 person limit does not include kaikaranga, kaikōrero, members of the clergy or staff who are attending.

  • You can serve food or drink but guests must be seated to be served.

  • Formal tangihanga involving large gatherings cannot take place at Alert Level 3. Families and communities must not carry out funerals themselves.

  • Funeral directors can continue working at Alert Level 3. Talk with your funeral director about specific arrangements — they can guide you on the best options for your situation, which may include livestreaming or video so others can take part in the service remotely.

If you are attending a funeral or tangihanga, we recommend you:

  • keep 2 metres away from people you do not live with
  • avoiding physical contact, including harirū, hongi, kissing and hugging
  • wear a face covering.

Please visit the https://covid19.govt.nz/activities/funerals-tangihanga-and-last-rites/ for more information. 

ALERT LEVEL 2

  • At Alert Level 2, up to 100 people can attend a funeral or tangihanga both indoors and outdoors.

    This applies to funerals and tangihanga held at:
    - funeral homes
    - maraes
    - churches, mosques and other faith-based institutions
    - hired venues or facilities
    - private dwellings.

  • Organisers legally must record attendees to make sure contact tracing can happen if needed. If you are visiting a funeral home, or attending a funeral or tangihanga, you can scan in using the NZ COVID Tracer app, or provide your details for contact tracing.

  • You do not need to wear a face covering when attending a funeral or tangihanga but we recommend you wear one, if possible.

  • Do not attend a funeral, tangihanga or religious gathering if you are feeling unwell. Stay home and call your doctor or Healthline on 0800 358 5453  for advice on getting a test.

  • If there are people at the gathering you do not know, make sure you scan the QR code or give your details to an organiser.

  • We recommend avoiding physical contact such as harirū, hongi, kissing and hugging except if you: live with them, are whānau or close friends.

Please visit the https://covid19.govt.nz/activities/funerals-tangihanga-and-last-rites/ for more information. 

Please contact your local Funeral Director who will be able to assist you during this difficult time with the planning and preparation of a funeral or tangihanga. 

Useful COVID-19 Grief Resources 

COVID-19 Grief Resource - When no funeral, tangi or farewell gatherings can take place
Funeral Directors Association NZ

Getting through Together
Mental Health Foundation NZ

There are many organisations that offer help and support for grief and trauma ranging from resources, counselling and support groups. Read more here