If you require assistance or are aware of others in our community who are having difficulty getting access to essential goods such as food, they can contact the local Emergency Coordination Centres (ECC), part of Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) Groups. These groups coordinate the regional multi-agency response and provide a range of support activities. This is intended for people who don’t have any other options available to them and operates 7 days a week from 7am to 7pm
You can also email:
Waikato - Irving.Young@waikatoregion.govt.nz; Inger.Vos@waikatoregion.govt.nz; Gecc.email@example.com
Further welfare supports include:
The All of Government Welfare Number (0800 779 997) - available 7 days a week, providing welfare information and support for individuals in isolation.
The Government has made additional funding available to support the wellbeing of disabled people who usually access MSD funded Community Participation and Very High Needs services. Refer to the Disability Directorate update for 30 March 2020. Further information on MSD supports -
Carers NZ and IHC have launched We Care Kiwi to make it easy to care for and about each other. If you’re on your own during the lockdown, or caring for a vulnerable person, you may need some support - https://wecare.kiwi/
A Government fact sheet with detail regarding welfare support is available at