COVID-19 Guidance for Marae

November 30, 2021

Please click here to view the official COVID-19 guidelines for Marae

This guide is designed to support marae to safely operate in accordance with the COVID-19 Protection Framework – commonly known as the traffic lights.

The traffic lights are replacing the Alert Level system and are intended to provide a flexible approach to managing COVID-19 in the community.Traffic light colours for districts are decided by taking into account things like vaccination coverage, COVID-19 transmission in communities, and the capacity of the health and disability system.

For many, the inability to observe tikanga in the usual ways has been one of the most upsetting parts of the pandemic. However, just like in response to the Spanish Influenza outbreak of 1918 – tikanga adjusts to protect people.

Since March 2020, we’ve seen marae across Aotearoa create pandemic plans that set their own tikanga for the circumstances in which they will permit gatherings to ahead. Marae across Aotearoa will continue to decide whether to permit gatherings. If gatherings are permitted, decisions will also need to be made on whether those who are unvaccinated will be able to use marae or attend gatherings. These decisions rest with the leadership of the marae.

This guide will help you to know what to do to keep whānau and manuhiri at your marae safe and well during this time. These guidelines will continue to be refined over time, based on our experience of living within the traffic light colours.