As we continue to work together to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, Te Mana is supportive of the roll out of the Pfizer vaccine among our communities.

About the vaccine

  • Vaccination protects you and helps reduce the risk of passing COVID-19 to your loved ones, and our community.
  • It works by helping your body to fight COVID-19, and it protects you from getting sick.
  • You need to have two doses of the vaccine, at least three weeks’ apart, for the best protection.
  • It is free to anyone aged 16 years and over.
  • The Pfizer vaccine has undergone a number of tests and is approved by Medsafe.

For more information about this vaccine, see the factsheet from the Te Arawa COVID-19 Response Group here. The Roopu has also put together a brochure about the vaccine here.

The Government COVID-19 website here also has plenty of information to help you make an informed decision about taking this vaccine.

When can you get vaccinated?
When you can schedule your COVID-19 vaccination appointments will depend on which group you’re in.

  • To find out which group you are in, click here.
  • The Government’s COVID-19 website also has a useful tool you can fill out here to determine when you can get your vaccine.

For those in the Bay of Plenty, we have also received some direct information about vaccination schedules:

For those in the Eastern Bay of Plenty: Te Puna Ora o Mataatua is vaccinating healthcare workers and kaumātua over 65 years of age

  • There will be mobile vaccination clinics set up at Rangitihi Marae at 1pm on Wednesday 2 June (for first dose of vaccine), and at 1pm on Thursday 24 June (for second dose of vaccine).
  • It is important you book in for these appointments. Those over the age of 65 years from Matatā and surrounding areas, can book into the Rangitihi mobile clinic by calling 021 0276 6126.
  • Once bookings are full, information on another mobile clinic date will be communicated.
  • Alternatively, kaumātua can call 021 0276 6126 and book an appointment for any day at Te Puna Ora o Mataatua vaccination clinic at 92 King St, Kopeopeo.

For those in Rotorua and surrounding areas: Te Arawa COVID-19 Roopu is vaccinating kaumatua and their whānau bubbles.

  • Please book your COVID-19 vaccination at the Rotorua Central Mall site online here:, or call 0508 TE ARAWA (832 7292).
  • The clinic is situated in the old No.1 Shoe Warehouse building, next to Noel Leeming.
  • Meanwhile, Te Arawa COVID-19 Roopu is working with hapū and iwi delegates and Lakes DHB to get logistics in place to support marae pop-up clinics – these are expected to be in place towards the end of June.

For those in Tauranga areas:

Let’s all do our part whānau to stop the spread of COVID-19 and protect our whānau and communities.