A stronger community through the COVID crisis

A hub to strengthen our community through Covid-19. Brought to you by the Paekākāriki Emergency Preparedness Group


In these trying times we come together to share what we have: skills, experience and even onions. On this page you will find:

  • Hot information as it comes in that is relevant to our village
  • Contact points and information about local resilience initiatives including:
    • emotional support and mental wellbeing
    • local food initiatives
    • accommodation support for self-isolation
  • Official information
  • Resources

Tues April 5

  • The Paekākāriki Community Board have collated offical answers for questions posed to them from the community re Covid-19 and L4 restrictions. Read their Q&A document.

Sat April 4

  • Funding: The Paekākāriki Community Board has funding available for community groups providing community-led solutions to support local Paekākāriki resilience and community wellbeing during the period of the Covid-19 pandemic and in particular during the Alert Level 3 and 4 periods. $10,000 of Campe Estate funds have been made available, in addition to the remaining $1,388 discretionary funding the Community Board usually allocates each year. Read and download the criteria here
  • Skatepark: There continue to be reports of people (kids, adult and families) using the skatepark. During L4 this is strictly prohibited. I know it sucks! But you really need to heed this advice; none of us want further restrictions on the limited freedoms we currently have. 
  • Dogs: While we’re at Alert Level 4, please keep your dogs on a leash even in normally off-leash areas. This will help ensure they’re not spreading the virus between bubbles through contact with other dogs or people, and will also help reduce the calls we get for dog incidents. Keep your dog in your own bubble – on lead at all times, everywhere, during COVID-19 Level 4.

Fri April 3

Essential needs welfare line: Struggling to get essentials like food and medication because of COVID-19? Call 0800 486 486, a new Council welfare support number. Staffed between 7am and 7pm, seven days a week. You can also request a callback (quick link to the page for Kāpiti)

All the organised support groups like Self Isolation Support Kāpiti and the Paekākāriki Housing Trust  who have been doing an amazing job responding to urgent essential needs, will get referrals from there from now on.

  • Village-specific info: www.paekakariki.nz
  • NZ government: https://covid19.govt.nz
  • Symptoms: Healthline 0800 358 5453 or call GP
  • Self-isolation accommodation:  0508 754 163 (24/7).     
  • Essential supplies and other welfare needs that can’t be met by friends and family: 0800 486 486 (7am-7pm, 7 days)or email for callback www.wremo.nz/callback 
  • Financial support:  0800 779 997 (8am–1am, 7 days) or on 0800 22 66 57 (9am-5pm, Mon-Fri)

Thurs April 2

All the organised support groups (like Self Isolation Support Kāpiti and the Paekākāriki Housing Trust) will get referrals from there from now on.

It’s important that you don’t give up if there’s a wait so make a cuppa and start the crossword (or whatever takes your fancy) and hold on — not only for yourself but because they should know what needs are not being met and allocate resources accordingly.

Tues March 31

  • Paekakariki Village Groceries reduced hours: 8am – 6:30pm daily. They are interested in trialling home deliveries. If you’re keen, let the shop know (04) 292 8020
  • The Kāpiti Coast District Council will now be locking vehicle access gates at those parks that have them, and the gates into cemeteries across the district to help reduce the risk of Covid-19 spreading in the community. Read more
  • Information update relating to COVID-19 from the CCDHB:
    • Tracing COVID-19 cases
      • Contact tracing and assessment is provided by Regional Public Health (RPH). They work to identify suspected positive COVID-19 cases and contact trace anyone at risk following a positive test result. The team of medical officers, nurses and support staff follow up and support those who are screened positive for COVID-19 through testing.
    • Testing for COVID-19
      • People who have symptoms or have been in contact with people overseas, can access screening and testing for COVID-19 by calling Healthline or their GP. All calls are triaged to work out whether an assessment or testing is required, using the Ministry of Health Case Definition.
    • General Practice assessment and testing
      • Primary and community care has been set up to provide safe local places to assess and test suspected COVID-19 cases. All General Practices have designated isolation areas, infection control and swabbing protocols in place so it is safe for people to attend these clinics if required.
      • In addition to General Practice there are community based clinics which are open seven days by referral only. Our local one is at Kāpiti Health Centre, Amohia St, Paraparaumu.

Mon March 30

  • The NZ Police have launched a 105 line for reporting suspected COVID-19 L4 isolation breaches or businesses you suspect are breaching the essential services rule. Please note, in an emergency continue to call 111.
  • Volunteers: Read the Volunteer guidelines from Volunteer Kapiti
  • What to do if you suspect you have Covid-19? Contact Healthline (for free) on 0800 358 5453. They will assess you over the phone and if suspected, they will send you to a swabbing centre at Kapiti Health Centre (by referral only). Or you can ring your GP or contact Team Medical. You must ring ahead. Do not just turn up.
  • Shopping safely: Listen to Mark Amery chat with Bhavesh at our Village Grocery Store about what he is doing, and what we can do to help.
  • Check out Nanogirl’s guide below
Dr Michelle Dickinson aka Nanogirl talks us through how to shop safely

Sat March 28

  • Free consultations for essential workers to help boost immune systems, stress relief and sleep support. Phone Leanne Morris, Naturopath 027 2888 992
  • Emotional Support: Young person in your home who is struggling to cope? Check out SPARX – a computer program that helps young people with mild to moderate depression.

Friday March 27

  • Free IT help remotely: Dan Roscouet Ph: 0221 759 484
  • Food: St Vincent De Paul are still doing essential food parcels, baby parcels and winter packs. And they deliver! Phone: 04 389 7122, Txt: 021 215 7098, Email: info@vinnieswgtn.org.nz or check their website
    • Meals on Wheels Contact: Joan Hilder (04) 905 8328
    • Kapiti Foodbank is open during the lockdown Mon -Fri 10am-12pm Ph: (04) 298 1907
  •  Prescriptions and other necessities: Message from Team Medical. If you need a prescription please order via ‘Manage My Health’ (online) or ring Team Medical – keep persisting if you can’t get through! Then request a repeat prescription and request that this be faxed to a pharmacy of your choice. If you do not signal which pharmacy you’d like this prescription to sent to, it will go to Life Pharmacy Kāpiti who are doing deliveries so you can request (and it’s highly recommended that you do) for your medicine to be delivered to your home

Thursday March 26

  • Volunteering Some hard news from Civil Defence. Right now (other than enjoying your whanau time) focus on getting together those Neighbourhood Group contact lists of folks that might need an extra hand. The govt is going to be giving us advice on how best to help, be kind and be safe.

While we are awaiting information on volunteering options during Alert Level 4, volunteers should follow national guidance to stay at home.
This means New Zealanders not working in essential services must stay at home and stop all interactions with others outside of their household. Read more

During this time, we are encouraging volunteer groups to ensure their own contact lists are up to date with current phone, email and social media information. They could also look at how they could provide support from their homes, for example, setting up a community telephone tree.

National guidance on volunteering options will be provided as soon as it becomes available via wremo.nz.

Anybody needing self isolation accommodation should register with MBIE via 0508 754 163.


Wednesday March 25

  • Emergency Accommodation, new info from MBIE: All those needing emergency accommodation to self-isolate should phone 0508 754 163. The Paekākāriki Housing Trust will be touching base with them.
  • Free Wifi 2 hour free connection time, unlimited data, at public wifi sites: Outside St Peter’s Hall, north end of railway station and south end of car park and in middle of the railway platform (both sides) around the museum entrances. Just stay 2m away from each other! With huge thanks to local connectors Groundtruth..
  • Need internet connection? The Emergency Preparedness group have internet cable (400m), connectors and some wifi boxes for those willing to share internet with a neighbour. Ring Kerren Hedlund: 027 396 8431
  • Accommodation urgent needs. Paekākāriki Housing Trust have put out an urgent call for empty holiday homes, sleep-outs and granny-flats to help those in the village requiring urgent accommodation for self-isolation or for another reason. Can you help? Do you know someone with a holiday home? Please contact them to get in touch. Ring Tina Pope: 027 232 9998
  • Local mental health support! We have a group of retired counsellors willing to talk with you online or by phone (not replacing professional counselling!) 9am- 9pm. If you are worried about a friend, encourage them to call or get permission for one of our counsellors to call. We don’t want to replace good ol natural and neighbourhood supports. Ring Sylvia Bagnall 021744485.
  • Paekakariki Village Groceries remains open with reduced hours: 7am-7pm with a strict ‘one in, one out’ rule. It is imperative that we do our bit to keep Bhavesh and Horace safe during this time. All other shops in the village remain closed until further notice.
  • Parent support: Join local FB group Lockdown with Kids – a space for venting, support and ideas for entertaining the kiddies. Join FB group Creative Club where local playwright Sarah Delahunty will post a daily activity for kids along the writing/performing/filming line.
  • Waste and recycling: The Otaihanga transfer station closes at 5pm today. Recycling has been deemed a non-essential service. Local providers have asked for recyclables to be placed with general waste, which continues to be collected as usual. If you don’t have a rubbish service provider, please share a neighbour’s bin, connecting through your Neighbourhood Groups.
  • Vegetable seedling initiative: The school garden group and Potty Potters have sown vegetable seedlings. Once these are at size, they will be distributed within the village to those in need.
  • Council customer service centres, pools, libraries,centres, halls and venues remain closed until further notice.
  • Pae Kai following regulations with food providers has suspended all services for both cooking and distribution of frozen food.
  • Neighbourhood Groups have been set up across the village. Please join yours so we’re all prepared and you are not isolated, or can help others quickly. You can drop details into letterboxes. Ring Flo McNeill: 021 139 3581.

Monday March 23

  • PM announces LEVEL 3 ALERT moving to Level 4 at midnight WED 25
  • All education facilities will close (except for children of essential workers) effective TUES 23 March.
  • All Kāpiti Coast District Council customer service centres, swimming pools, libraries, community centre, and community halls and venues CLOSED until further notice. This includes our local library. Read more
  • Paekakariki Community Board meeting for Tues 24 March is POSTPONED until further notice
  • The Paekākāriki Housing Trust have put out an urgent call for empty holiday homes, sleep-outs and granny-flats to help those in the village requiring self-isolation. We have one urgent need for a person currently self-isolating in a garage without power, water or bathroom facilities. Can you help? Ring Tina Pope: 027 232 9998
  • Paekākāriki Art Studios and Gallery are now closed. Viewing by appointment only.

Volunteers, read the Volunteer guidelines from Volunteer Kapiti


Food

Tech and IT help

  • Free IT help remotely: Dan Roscouet Ph: 0221 759 484
  • Need internet connection? The Emergency Preparedness group have internet cable (400m), connectors and some wifi boxes for those willing to share internet with a neighbour. Ring Kerren Hedlund: 027 396 8431

Medical

  • Prescriptions and other necessities: Most pharmacies are now doing deliveries. If you need a prescription please order via ‘Manage My Health’ or ring your GP. Request a repeat prescription and request that this be faxed to a pharmacy of your choice and request delivery.
  • What to do if you suspect you have Covid-19? Contact Healthline (for free) on 0800 358 5453. They will assess you over the phone and if suspected, they will send you to a swabbing centre at Kapiti Health Centre (by referral only) or you can ring your GP or contact Team Medical. You must ring ahead. Do not just turn up.

Cultural

Sports & fitness

  • Keepfit classes! Suitable for the elderly and younger. Run by Paekākāriki local Wineke.

Kids & teens

  • Make a lockdown diary! Isolation appreciation. Super funky illustrations. Make a memento to your future self. Download and print.
  • Lockdown with Kids – A locally run Facebook group for venting, support and ideas for entertaining the kiddies.
  • FB group Creative Club where local playwright Sarah Delahunty will post a daily activity for kids along the writing/performing/filming line

Science


We are lucky to have residents in the village experienced at working with crises. Here, we feature interviews, writing and advice.

Kerren Hedlund

We’ve weathered crises in the past; flu epidemics, floods, earthquakes. And we’ve done that because we care for each other and we’re willing to go out of our way to check in on each other and offer help. And that is how we’ll get through COVID too.

It’s early days yet for Aotearoa/New Zealand and the MoH is simply advising staying home if you are sick, calling Helpline to let them know you are self-isolating, washing your hands all the time, and checking in on the vulnerable in our community. Why the last one?

Because people need to know that self-isolation doesn’t have to mean you are alone.

We’ll buy you groceries, talk on the phone with you, find ways of keeping you connected and cared for. We can use this crisis as an opportunity to make us stronger, as individuals and as a community.

My name is Kerren, and I’m one of emergency response volunteers in the village and part of our village Emergency Preparedness group. There are 20 folk in the group that have been active since Kaikoura. (Your name here!)

I’ve lived in Paekākāriki with my whānau (Justin, Noah and Sophie) for nearly 5 years now. Justin and I have lived around the world, responding to humanitarian crisis. While I was not in Uganda for the Ebola crisis, I did work with UNICEF to understand what worked well and what didn’t when responding to the crisis. And the resounding finding was: communities, when empowered with information and support, will use their knowledge of their communities to fight the best fight. Not government. Community.


Justin Corbett

For over 30 years I’ve had the chance to live and work in different countries in Africa and Asia with populations facing a range of different, devastating crises:  drought and famine effecting millions; a cyclone that killed 130,000 in a night; brutal, protracted wars that leave millions vulnerable to violence, destitution, torture, death; crippling outbreaks of disease (cholera, malaria, typhoid); the prolonged oppression of abject poverty. And in all those cases, I have always been witness to the extraordinary resilience, adaptability and innovation of affected communities and the countless inspirational  acts of kindness, courage and dignity of people facing really terrible situations. 

I share this now because I realise that many people will be feeling increasingly anxious and frightening  by the levels of change and uncertainty that are being provoked by Covid19.  And that in many ways it is the ‘unknown’ nature of the coming weeks and months that is the most difficult aspect of the situation to deal with. Our imaginations run wild, we fear the worst, depression and real fear can at times get the better of us. 

But I have always found that in fact when the challenge finally arrives, people always rise to face it with a wonderful mix of spirit , selflessness, courage and humour. Indeed, the chance to help each other in whatever way we can seems to provide that essential boost of energy, fortitude and positivity that allow us not only to survive the worst of crises but to do so with a smile. It’s what gives us the feeling of dignity and self-worth and pride ( in a good way) sense of community that we all need and cherish – even in the good times. 

If we hang onto this thought, the uncertainty of the future can become so much less daunting. Whatever happens, we know that not only will we get through it, but that we will do so in a way that brings us closer together and actually strengthens us as individuals and as a community. We are blessed already to have such a good chunk of humanity here in dear Paekākāriki as we do – and there is no doubt that we will see a whole lot more over the coming weeks and months. And if ever you do feel those demons of fear creeping in, try thinking about how other people (now and in times gone by) in this country and around the world have got through worse times with less to support them than we have now. Crises can bring out the best in us. When I see how communities respond to upsets worse than Corona, it makes me so proud to be human.

Do feel free to give a ring any time if a chat on such reflections would help. When I’m out of self-isolation (I got back from Sudan 6 days ago) a pint at the Bowlers is always an option too, provided they remain open. I have felt scared so many times going into very unpredictable and unknown situations – and it has always helped me to talk with someone. 

Reminds me that uncertainty needn’t be so alarming.  Seems to me that the stability, safety and predictability of life that we have come to expect as normal are in fact a rather unhelpful illusions. Life is not like that at all for most of us on this planet and we are much more adaptable than we realise. Indeed, such times as these often reveal strengths we didn’t know we had.

I have still so much to learn but realising that we (all over the world) are embracing this together helps me find the strength to face whatever comes, calmly. Hearing about Corona, many friends in the small villages in the war zones of Sudan asked me to share their best wishes with “kulu naas hinaak” (all the people there).  Which is pretty nice really.

Tihei Mauri ora!

Mark Amery talks with Justin, Holly Ewens, Sophie Handford and Flo McNeill on Paekakariki 88.2FM in a Covid-19 Special

Providing community information to hand as council services close: Mark Amery and Renwick Wright speak to Holly Jane Ewens (Community Board Chair), Sophie Handford (councillor), Justin Corbett and Flo McNeill, about community response, neighbourhood clusters, council closures, self isolation support and other key information as Paekākāriki gets prepared to connect like never before .

Essential needs

Essential needs welfare line: Struggling to get essentials like food and medication because of COVID-19? Call 0800 486 486, a new Council welfare support number. Staffed between 7am and 7pm, seven days a week. You can also request a callback (quick link to the page for Kāpiti)

Dogs

While we’re at Alert Level 4, please keep your dogs on a leash even in normally off-leash areas. This will help ensure they’re not spreading the virus between bubbles through contact with other dogs or people, and will also help reduce the calls we get for dog incidents. Keep your dog in your own bubble – on lead at all times, everywhere, during COVID-19 Level 4.

Playgrounds

All playgrounds including skateparks and schools are closed. Any use is strictly prohibited during Level 4.

Information

Breaches

  • The NZ Police have launched a 105 line for reporting suspected COVID-19 L4 isolation breaches or businesses you suspect are breaching the essential services rule. Please note, in an emergency continue to call 111.

Health

  • What to do if you suspect you have Covid-19? Contact Healthline (for free) on 0800 358 5453. They will assess you over the phone and if suspected, they will send you to a swabbing centre at Kapiti Health Centre (by referral only). Or you can ring your GP or contact Team Medical. You must ring ahead. Do not just turn up.

Financial

Emotional support

  • Stay connected to those who make you feel safe and loved. Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you’re feeling overwhelmed. It’s an overwhelming time.
  • The Ministry of Health has created a new section on their website with wellbeing tips, answers to FAQs and tikanga advice.
  • You can free call or text 1737 at any time to speak with a trained counsellor from the Mental Health Foundation – it’s free and confidential.
  • If you need a break from constant streams of news and would like some more headspace, you can sign up to RNZ’s COVID-19 email newsletter. It gives you reliable updates from around the world at 5.30pm every night.
  • SPARX is a computer program that helps young people with mild to moderate depression

Housing support

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If you need anything – help, information, something else – contact us. We’ll keep your information confidential in line with privacy laws. 


CONTACT US

Read our group principles and purpose

Holly Ewens 027 270 7090

Tina Pope 027 232 9998

Dan O’Connell 021 161 5645

Jess Hortop 027 512 5061

Kerren Hedlund 027 396 8431