As Aotearoa adjusts to the latest efforts to stop the spread of Covid-19, it can be hard to stay on top of all the new information. To help, we’ve pulled together advice, links and resources for our Māori and Pasifika communities and the trades industry.

If you have concerns that aren’t answered here or on our FAQs page, we’re here to help. Please get in touch with your MPTT navigator or the MPTT Project Office team.

MPTT during Alert Level 2

Like everyone else, we’re adjusting how we work to help stop the spread of Covid-19. But these changes won’t stop our programme, or your MPTT scholarship. Instead, we’ll be delivering some of our services in a different way.

  • We’re still here to help you throughout all the Covid-19 alert levels, and you can contact us as normal. As always, we’re here if you need support or have any questions.
  • In-person MPTT events have been postponed until we are able to hold them safely. This includes our Whakawhanaungatanga Day, Power Up Wananga, Awhi sessions, ‘Work Readiness Wananga’ or Trades Induction visits. We will be reviewing this as the government updates its restrictions around events. 
  • The Learner Support Fund and Tools Kete support is still available – just contact our navigators or us at the Project Management Office:


Sam Sefuiva 0274 772 086 sam.sefuiva@maoripasifikatrades.co.nz

Monalisa Owen 022 305 6924 admin@maoripasifikatrades.co.nz


John Chapman and his team, including Hami, Chris, Karetai, Carly, Makahn & Danyon  navigators@maoripasifikatrades.co.nz

Martin Hiki at Skills4Work  m.hiki@skills4work.org.nz

Tony Atina at NZMA Trades  tony.atina@acgedu.com


KIWA Education  Betty Andersen 021 593 568 betty@kiwa.ac.nz

MIT  Naomi Tito 022 068 9290 naomi.tito@manukau.ac.nz

NZMA Trades  Tony Atina  tony.atina@acgedu.com

Oceania Career Academy  Debra Robertson-Welsh Debra.Robertson-Welsh@oca.nz

Skills4Work  Tamai Roff 027 494 8338 t.roff@skills4work.org.nz 

Te Wānanga o Aotearoa  Tony Gomwe 027 612 4383 tony.gomwe@twoa.ac.nz 

Unitec  Tu Nu’uali’itia 021 902565 tnuualiitia@unitec.ac.nz

BCITO Doug Leef 027 702 8372 douglas.leef@bcito.org.nz

Competenz Reg Currin 027 474 4665 r.currin@competenz.org.nz 

Hawkins Group Yems Parsonage 022 015 7609 Yems.Parsonage@hawkins.co.nz 

MITO Jodi Franklin 027 554 4472 jodi.franklin@mito.org.nz 

ServiceIQ Caro Anderson 027 229 3163 caro.anderson@ServiceIQ.org.nz

Skills.Org Theresa Rongonui   021 636 359 Theresar@skills.org.nz


Issac Liava’a 021 432353

Tuwhakairiora (Tu) Williams 027 7899891

What does Alert Level 2 mean for Auckland?

Auckland moved to Alert Level 2 at 11.59pm on Sunday August 30. There are extra restrictions on social gatherings, funerals and tangihanga in Auckland at Alert Level 2. Masks or face coverings are also mandatory on public transport.

Find out more about life at Alert Level 2

What does this mean for Auckland?

Remember, Covid-19 is still out there, and following the Government’s guidelines will help keep you and your whānau safe. 

It’s important to maintain physical distancing of 2 metres outside your home, and wear a mask or face covering on public transport. It is highly recommended that you also wear a mask if you are out and about in places where it’s hard to keep your distance from people, such as in shops. Don’t have a mask yet? Here’s how to make one at home from an old T-shirt – no sewing needed.

Make sure you wash your hands regularly, and keep track of where you’ve been. You can use the Covid Tracer app to help with this. 

It’s vital to stay home if you’re sick – even if you only have mild symptoms. If you have any symptoms, call Healthline or your doctor to get tested for Covid-19. Play it safe to protect yourself and your whānau.

There are extra restrictions on social gatherings, funerals and tangihanga in the Auckland region.

  • Social gatherings must not exceed 10 people.
  • Funerals and tangihanga may have up to 50 people, and have to meet other conditions set by the Ministry of Health.

Auckland restrictions on gatherings, funerals and tangihanga

The trades industry during Covid-19

Many tradespeople have now returned to work. However, there will be new ways of working to limit people’s contact with others and prevent the spread of the virus.

Find out about work protocols for construction workers and how the industry will operate at different alert levels. 

More guidelines about how your work will be affected are on the government’s website.

If you have questions about how to do your work safely, the best person to ask is your boss or supervisor.

Working in construction

Studying during Covid-19

Your course provider will let you know what systems they have in place and what you can do to help.

Remember, MPTT navigators are still there to help you with any challenges you’re having. If you have questions or something is getting in the way of your studies, please contact your MPTT Navigator ASAP:

John Chapman and his team, including Hami, Chris, Karetai, Carly, Makahn & Danyon  navigators@maoripasifikatrades.co.nz

Martin Hiki at Skills4Work  m.hiki@skills4work.org.nz

Tony Atina at NZMA Trades  tony.atina@acgedu.com

Your physical health

The most important way to keep yourself and your whānau safe during the Covid-19 pandemic is to keep up-to-date with the Government’s announcements, follow their guidelines, and know the signs and symptoms of Covid-19. 

If you have any cold or flu symptoms at all, stay home and call Healthline (0800 358 5453) or your doctor to organise a free test for Covid-19. Even if you think it’s just a cold, it’s vital to get tested quickly to make sure. This will help keep your whānau, friends and community safe.

Even if you feel well, act as if you have Covid-19 when you’re out and about, to help stop the spread of the virus. That means it’s important to wash your hands regularly and keep your physical distance from others in public – especially people you don’t know because it’s harder for health officials to track them down later if you discover you have the virus. 

You should also keep a record of where you’ve been and who you’ve spent time with, so it’s quick and easy for everyone to get tested if needed. You can download the government’s NZ Covid Tracer app to help you keep track.

You can find translations of official information and advice about Covid-19 (including in Te Reo Māori and Pasifika languages) on the government’s website

Your mental health

It’s normal to feel stressed or unsettled right now. It’s a difficult time for many Kiwis, and you’re not alone. Here are some ideas to help you feel more relaxed:

  • Talk to someone if you’re feeling stressed or anxious. Remember, help is available at every alert level. Free call or text 1737 any time for support from a trained counsellor. You can also visit the Mental Health Organisation website or contact MATES in Construction for support.
  • Spend time with your friends and family. While there are still health guidelines we all need to follow, that doesn’t stop you from connecting with your loved ones.
  • Get outside at least once a day, and try to get some exercise every day. Moving your body is great for your physical health, but also helps you stay mentally healthy.
  • Mentemia is an app developed by All Blacks legend and mental health champion Sir John Kirwan. It lets you monitor, manage and improve your mental health, and is available free to all New Zealanders until the end of September.
  • Staying on Track is a free guide to support your wellbeing during Covid-19 and beyond. You’ll learn how to look after your worry and choose behaviours that will help you and your whānau stay on track. It’s completely free and available to all New Zealanders – all you need is internet access and a desktop or mobile device.
  • Wellbeing resources can be ordered through the Mental Health Foundation shop here, free of charge. 

Find out more about staying mentally healthy.

Your money

Covid-19 has caused a lot of disruption, including to working life. If you’ve lost your job, had your hours reduced, or have to stay home for health reasons, you might be able to get financial support from the government. Check out what you could get with the Covid-19 Financial Support Tool.

Find out more about what financial support is available on the Government’s website

Plus, check out the Sorted website for tips on managing your money in this difficult time, including: