Have a safe-as summer

Get ready for a safe-as summer. Enjoy summer this year by being prepared and knowing how to stay safe.

Find out how to have a safe-as summer


Protect yourself, your whānau, and your community from COVID-19 

COVID-19 is in our community and Aotearoa New Zealand. Take steps to protect yourself and your whānau from COVID-19 by:


COVID-19 vaccination – our best defence

COVID-19 vaccination is our best protection against COVID-19 and is free for everyone in Aotearoa New Zealand. Anyone aged 5 years and over can get the vaccine – it doesn’t matter what your visa or citizenship status is.

Ages 16+ are eligible for boosters. If you've had COVID-19 it's recommended you wait 3 months after testing positive before getting any COVID-19 vaccination.

You can book in for your vaccine here: Book My Vaccine 

Further information on the vaccine and vaccination programme can be found at the following places:


Total number of COVID-19 reported cases for the week ending Wednesday 15 March 2023 

The following case numbers are updated weekly on Fridays. Daily case numbers by districts are available on the Ministry of Health website here.


Reported cases for the two weeks ending Wednesday 15 March 2023



Note: Data supplied by the Ministry of Health. These numbers will be updated every Friday. 


Other useful links and resources

 More information on COVID-19 can be found at the following websites:

You can also head directly here for latest updates:


For Health Professionals

Public health advice and information for health professionals in the Bay of Plenty and Lakes districts can be found here.


For businesses


For schools


For specific audiences


Exercising after COVID