Support for Iwi on COVID-19

Te Arawhiti is supporting iwi with their local response plans and working across Government to facilitate engagement.

On 22 March 2020, the Government announced a package of initiatives to support Māori communities and businesses in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Te Arawhiti can assist iwi to connect with agencies delivering these initiatives, as well as other relevant funding and services being implemented across Government. This includes,

  • expanded Whānau Ora community responses
  • targeted Māori health spending
  • funding for whānau Māori community outreach; and
  • help for Māori Businesses.

You can contact us on if you want assistance accessing these services. You can also access information about the work relevant agencies are doing by clicking here

The COVID-19 Response (Requirements for Entities – Modifications and Exemptions) Legislation Act 2020 (2020/14) aims to help Post Settlement Governance Entities (PSGEs) address some of the restraints or practical difficulties arising from COVID-19.

The Act is designed to address issues for a range of governance entities. The amendments will apply to PSGEs as well as other entities and would:

  • Enable the use of electronic communications (including electronic voting and the use of electronic signatures) when an entity’s constitution or rules don’t permit this.
  • Allow entities to make certain modifications to their constitutions or rules (such as calling or holding meetings, rules relating to dispute resolution or waiving, suspending, deferring or reducing fees payable by members).

The modification powers have retrospective effect from 21 March 2020 when New Zealand moved to Level 2 of the COVID-19 alert system. Any modifications are temporary. They apply to 30 November and can be extended by Order in Council until no later than 31 March 2021. The Bill was introduced on 5 May and was passed on 15 May 2020.

Information on the provisions in the Act can be found by clicking here.

For further questions the best point of contact is the Companies Office 0508 266 726 or

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