Health and Wellness Information

The Health and Wellness Centre is still open (online or by phone) and you can still contact the nurses, doctor, social workers, counsellor and psychologist.  

Feel free to ring, txt, email the nurses for any health issues or concerns or if you would like to speak to the doctor or psychologist. 

The psychologist and doctor will follow students they have been seeing by emailing on KAMAR. Please check your emails. If it’s all getting a bit much and you need someone to talk to please phone, txt or email the nurses and they will link you in with the psychologist OR free call or txt 1737 anytime for support from a trained counsellor. 

Social workers can help with any family issues or stress at home including referrals for families needing financial assistance due to Covid 19, housing issues and NEET/youth payment services.  

NURSES:         Phone:  021 199 1609 or 021 1999 4072 



SOCIAL WORKERS:   Phone: Gina Oge 021 610 088 or Karlo Jackson 021 667 472 



Please check the Otahuhu College Facebook page for ongoing information and check your emails 

Your family GP (doctor) is still open so please phone them or go in and see them regarding any of your regular health issues (diabetes, heart problems, skin issues) so that you can continue to be monitored and treated/ during lockdown. Also, chemists/pharmacies are also open so please make sure you continue taking your regular medications. 

The school nurses love checking out sore throats but during level 4 and level 3 lockdown we can’t. We don’t want anyone to get rheumatic fever during the lockdown because they didn’t get medicine for a sore throat. Please make sure you ring your doctor if your child gets a sore throat. 

Malo e lelei, Talofa lava, Kia orana, Ni sa bula, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Talofa ni, Fakatalofa atu, Halo. Warmest Pasifika greetings to you all. 


As you know yesterday our Prime Minister announced that New Zealand will be moving to COVID-19 Alert Level 3 from 11.59pm on Monday 27 April. We will be at Alert Level 3 for two weekswhich will be reviewed on Monday 11 May 2020. Currently, the country remains in alert level four, so it is important we continue to remain vigilant, in our bubbles and to STAY AT HOME to SAVE LIVES, until we are informed otherwise. 

Last week, Ministry of Pacific Peoples launched the Pacific Daily News Bulletin  in efforts to keep our Pacific communities up to date with the latest COVID-19 news and support services available – specifically for Pacific peoples. The bulletin will communicate new information released and support services made available during the past 24 hours. You can access this on the Unite Against COVID-19 website, the source for everything COVID-related. 


HOME SCHOOL!  Last week also saw the start of term two for schools in New Zealand – and with everyone still in lockdown, lessons have begun at home.  The Ministry of Education has published its Learning from Home information on its website, to help parents as their children start to re-engage with their teachers. It will support you, your children and young people to manage learning from home. The information is available in 10 Pacific languages HERE. 

Thousands of COVID-19 Support Packages have been delivered to Pacific families around New Zealand, providing much needed assistance at a trying time.  These packages are STILL AVAILABLE for struggling families. READ MORE  




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THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT TO PROMOTE as highlighted by our Prime Minister in her recent updates.  We need to get the word out to our communities to TEST TEST TEST! The testing criteria has opened for more opportunities for Maori and Pasifika who want to be tested – this will help ease some anxiety levels for bubbles, particularly for those bubbles high in numbers. And of course the sooner we detect positive results the faster the response in terms of the recovery and healing processes needed to kick in. The Prepare Pacific website provides a list of where you can get tested for COVID-19 in the Auckland and Northland regions HERE. 

In summary –  

  • Learning from home – The Ministry of Education’s Learning from Home information is now live in 10 Pacific languages. Visit HERE for more information. 

Pasifika News  The Pro Vice-Chancellor Pacific at the University of Auckland is wanting to engage Pacific high school students during the national lockdown with an online series of lecture videos about Oceania. READ MORE