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Community Waikato Response to COVID19

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We’re in it together!

At Community Waikato, our number one priority is the health and well-being of our staff, the people we work with, and the communities we serve. Our vision is ‘Thriving Communities’ and with this in mind, we wanted to let you know what we are doing to keep everyone as safe as possible during this time. With the change in New Zealand's alert level in response to the coronavirus pandemic we wanted to let you know the changes we are making in the delivery of our service.

What Level 2 looks like for us

With the move to Alert Level 2 taking place this Thursday, the 14th of May we wanted to give you an update on what Level 2 means for Community Waikato and how we will still be keeping you and ourselves safe.

Remote Support is still on offer

Providing remote support is still our preferred mode of operation. The team at Community Waikato would like to remind community organisations, marae and social services that we are still providing support and assistance remotely so if anyone would like to talk with one of our advisors or kaiwhakarite you can still make a request through our website. Please click here should you require support from a Community Waikato Advisor.

You can reach our staff in the following ways:

Holly Snape: 021 152 2133, holly@communitywaikato.org.nz
Sarah Gibb: 021 222 6442 sarah@communitywaikato.org.nz
Karen Stockmann: 021 175 5127 (phone calls only, no texts) karen@communitywaikato.org.nz
Gary Thompson: 021 542 627 gary@communitywaikato.org.nz
Kiri Karu: 021 817 618 kiri@communitywaikato.org.nz
Genae Thompson: genae@communitywaikato.org.nz
Kim Cable: kim@communitywaikato.org.nz
Sally Ridley: sally@communitywaikato.org.nz
Anne Douglas: anne@communitywaikato.org.nz
Jason Nguyen: jason@communitywaikato.org.nz

In those instances where people do not have access to technology, by individual circumstance we can arrange something different for you and your organisation/ group/ trust. Please get in touch.

Contactless Workshop options

Over the last few weeks, we have been working on changing our normally face to face workshops, into online workshops. Face to face sessions are out and online is in, at least for the next few months. Please keep an eye on our website and our Weekly Bulletins. We will have these online workshops loaded for registration as they become available.

Office closed - except by appointment

Some of our staff will work back in the Community Waikato Office once we are in Level 2. However, the office will remain closed for visitors, except by pre-arranged appointment.

Contact Tracing

While our preferred way to continue to deliver our service is remotely, if we do meet any of you in person, we will record contact details so that contact tracing requirements are met. We will maintain self-distancing.

Please let us know if there are other ways we can support your organisation, trust or marae at this time. 
Kia kaha, Kia toa, Kia manawanui!


Community Waikato Pandemic Policy

Click here for the Community Waikato Pandemic Policy

Useful Links

For the most up to date COVID19 information from the NZ Government, visit https://covid19.govt.nz/ and the number to call is 0800 779 997

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COVID-19 General Support:

If you've been affected by COVID-19, there may be financial support. You may be self-isolating at home, or your work may be affected.




COVID-19 Employer Support:

A Wage subsidy and Leave Payment is available to support employers affected by COVID-19.


0800 40 80 40


Health Support:

Latest updates, information and advice on COVID-19.


Health Line if you believe you are infected or need medical advice 0800 358 5453


How to look after your mental health and wellbeing when you have to stay at home.



Stress and Counselling:

You can get more help and information from

  • Youthline 0800 376 633  www.youthline.co.nz
  • Rural Support Trust 0800 RURAL HELP
  • Need To Talk  by calling or texting 1737
  • in an emergency always call 111

Essential Businesses:

What are essential businesses?