Support from TST

These are unprecedented times, and like communities across the globe, we are doing our best to adapt to the rapidly changing world around us. Whānau, we must come together in kotahitanga (unity) as we face this challenge, TST is here to support you.

Many of us are experiencing financial hardship, to help, this week we are sending $50 supermarket vouchers to 350 of our kaumatua living in Taupo, Turangi and Taumarunui. We are working on getting help to others, please bear with us as we make arrangements for this. If you are over 65 and haven’t heard from us, it could mean we don’t have your full contact details on our database of registered members – so please get in contact by emailing our support team at

The vouchers are a joint initiative with Tūwharetoa Settlement Trust, Ngāti Tūwharetoa Fisheries and the Tūwharetoa Māori Trust Board.

Acknowledgement of essential workers

While most of us are being asked to stay in our whare, many of our people are essential workers who provide kai, medicine, healthcare, energy, fuel, waste-removal, internet and financial support across Aotearoa.

Businesses who remain at work have been asked to put in place alternative ways of working to keep kaimahi safe, including shift-based working, staggered meal breaks, flexible leave arrangements and physical distancing. If you or your whānau members remain at work, we acknowledge this is important kaupapa, and we thank you for your efforts and commitment – he mihi.

Remember to keep yourselves safe too. When you get home from work:

  • Leave shoes outside
  • Have a thorough horoi before hugging whānau
  • Put work clothes on a hot wash and leave in a separate bag
  • Wash hands regularly

Do not go to work if you are unwell – call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 and they will advise you on what to do.

Rāhui at Taupō

The hapū of Ngāti Tūtemohuta has placed a rahui that reaches out to a 15km radius from Waitahanui Marae and covers all reserves and parks from the airport, extending along State Highway One to Hatepe hill. It includes Waitahanui Village, Waitahanui River, Wharewaka Reserve, Awaroa Reserve, Five Mile Bay and Rotongaio Bay. The action is designed to protect the hapū of more than 120 families from COVID-19.


We encourage you to follow the Government advice and use the website for information and guidance. We have recently shared the official guidelines for Tangihanga. We will continue to support and share resources and updates to our website and Facebook.

Ngā manaakitanga,
Greg Stebbing