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COVID-19: Commitment to our Communities

Mate Karauna - COVID-19: Commitment to our Communities

Kia Hiwa Ra!
Kia Hiwa Ra!

Tēnā kōutou katoa, ānei ngā kōrero kua panuihia atu ki a koutou mai Te Hāpai Hapori o Te Tari Taiwhenua

Kotahitanga: The current world pandemic environment is unprecedented in recent years and it’s times like these that our nation will need to come together and support one another.

Manaakitanga: Care and concern for people and communities is more important than ever and we wanted to assure you that the Department of Internal Affairs’ Community Operations Team is working to support your important mahi through these challenging times.

We are open!

Firstly we want to let you know that we are still open for business. While we have now closed our regional offices, our community advisory staff remain available to connect with, either electronically or by telephone. The Department of Internal Affairs recognises that the funding and advisors services we provide are essential, particularly at a time like this. However it’s not essential for us to do that face to face, so for your safety and ours, we will be providing all services remotely.

We are also looking at options to deliver more via Facebook, Zoom and maybe other web-based tools such as Webinars. If you want to contact your local advisor remember our email address convention is:

Other contact details:

Phone 0800 824 824

Current Grants

It is likely you are experiencing changes to your own service delivery. We are aware that a number of funded events have been cancelled and that community needs are changing. We’ve received calls from a number of organisations to date asking how this will affect your current funding. The answer is: if your organisation has received funding from the Department and your initiative has been affected due to COVID 19, we will actively work with you to find the best solution whether that is a time extension, change of purpose, etc. When you are ready to discuss any changes just ring us on 0800 824 824 or get in touch with your local Community Operations team to discuss options.

Grant applications currently in processing

The current Alert Level 4 lockdown period has no impact on the processing of online applications that were received by the Department before 23 March 2020 and are due to be considered by a Committee or Trust before 30 June 2020. These online applications are progressing as normal through the assessment phase and are expected to be considered by their respective Committees or Trusts on their posted meeting dates.

Any updates or changes will be posted on this page.

Future Funding Rounds

We have had questions about how the current economic trends will impact on future funding. Our current funding calendar remains unchanged and you can find opening and closing dates at the link below:

Community Cohesion

Whanaungatanga: While these times are providing constant challenges to our usual ways of doing thing, this is also an opportunity to consider different ways of supporting our communities. We are keen to hear from you about new approaches you have developed or experienced to support individuals or communities during this pandemic response. Please email us or use our Facebook pages to pass on your stories.

He Tangata: People are important, please take some time to check on people within your whānau, hapū, Iwi, and communities as we all traverse this taniwha together.

Kia hora te marino
Kia whakapapa pounamu te moana
Kia tere te kārohirohi i mua i tou huarahi

May the calm be widespread
May the sea glisten like greenstone
May the shimmer of light dance across your pathway

Kia kaha tātou

 Hāpai Hapori, The Community Operations team

Where can I find out more information about COVID-19?

Charities Services

Charities Services have produced some information for registered charities on COVID-19.

Please follow the link below to the Charities Services website:

CommunityNet Aotearoa

CommunityNet Aotearoa has produced a resource for organisations with relevant links to up-to-date advice provided by the New Zealand Ministry of Health, advice on public events and mass gatherings, MBIE’s information for Businesses and the Government’s Economic Response Package announcement, and general advice provided by the World Health Organisation.

Please follow the link below to the CommunityNet Aotearoa website:

Ministry of Health

New Zealand’s priority is slowing the spread of COVID-19. On 20 March 2020, the Government advised public events or large gatherings of over 100 should be cancelled and this advice is changing regularly.

For the latest information and advice, please follow the link below to the Ministry of Health website: