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Looking towards a ‘new normal’ in a COVID world

For ageing and wellbeing it’s helpful to have accessible and useable information to navigate your way

Along with the rest of the world New Zealand is navigating its way through the unchartered world of the COVID-19 pandemic. At the start of the journey the prospects were uncertain and unsettling. We were asked to make sacrifices for the good of our country and communities. Through this we discovered that with solidarity, helpful information, and appropriate support the task was less onerous. 

Navigating our ‘new normal’

For ageing and wellbeing its helpful to have accessible, useable and current information to navigate your way

Face Coverings

Face coverings can help reduce the spread of Covid-19 when there are cases of community transmission. Advice on face coverings may depend on the Alert Level in your region. Visit the Covid-19 website for the latest government advice. We've produced this handy guide to wearing face covering - you're welcome to download a copy here.

Learn more:

Watch this short video from the World Health Organisation on how to wear a mask safely.

For further information about COVID-19 in New Zealand visit: covid19.govt.nz. Stay up to date with Selwyn’s response to Covid-19 on our Covid-19 page.


Steps to Avoid Spread of COVID-19

  • Steps to Avoid Spread of COVID-19

    1: Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, or hand sanitiser if soap and water is not available. Wash your hands for 20 seconds (the time it takes to sing Happy Birthday to yourself twice) and dry them thoroughly; if you use sanitiser rub your hands together until the sanitiser dries, do not wipe it off with a towel or paper. Read more

    2: Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose, if you do then wash your hands immediately

    3: Cover your cough or sneeze with the bend of your elbow. It will keep the virus off your hands, so you won’t spread it to other people and make them sick too. Read more

    4: Avoid crowded places. If you cannot be 2 meters from anyone when away from your home wear a face-covering. Adults must wear a face covering on public transport (buses, trains, ferries, and planes). There are some exceptions for wearing face coverings you can find these on the Covid-19 website. You can find numerous resources to create your own mask - here's a simple way to fold your cloth handkerchief into a safe face covering, watch now.

    5: Stay at home even if you have a sniffle or cold. Staying at home if you’re sick is still the best thing you can do to stop any future spread of Covid-19. Read more

    6: If you have a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or can’t smell as well as a few days ago; stay at home and promptly seek medical advice by phoning HealthLine 0800 358 5453, phone your Doctor, or Iwi provider. If it is an emergency phone 111 for St Johns Ambulance.

    7: Stay aware of the latest Covid-19 information and precautions by regularly reading https://covid19.govt.nz/everyday-life/, or read the updates in the newspaper, or listen to radio or TV news broadcasts.

  • Steps to Keep Yourself Well

    8: Eating well to build immunity is important at all times, to ward off coughs and colds, and when virus’s like COVID-19 are around. New Zealand Nutrition Foundation has practical information. Read more

    9: Ageing Well – how to be the best you can be. General health information for older people is available from the Ministry of Health at their education centre. Read more

    10: Feeling overwhelmed, worried, or have low mood. All the changes Covid-19 is causing can be stressful, there are everyday things we all can do to help us cope. You can find information on the Let's End Loneliness website; or follow the Mental Health Foundation ‘Five insightful and engaging actions to enhance wellbeing’.

Sites providing solutions   

Information gives people the power to make informed choices. This includes providing information from how you can support your health to support services available to help you through situations you may encounter. Our aim is to provide practical reliable, evidence-based, and trust-worthy material. 

Stay safe and stay up to date with the most reliable information about Covid-19

Unite against Covid-19 - The NZ Government's website for the Covid-19 response

Health Navigator - What you need to know about Covid-19, including the latest information and advice from the Ministry of Health

Ministry of Health - Covid-19 advice for older people and their family and whānau

Mental Health Foundation -resources and places to find information and tips on looking after mental health and wellbeing during Covid-19 and beyond.

Read more about Support Services which was published on our website during the initial stages and phases of the country’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which you might still find useful.

Being well in your world

Resilience is part of wellbeing. One way to build this strength is through the power of stories. Our own or others from around the world that make sense and are empowering. Our stories are crafted by The Selwyn Institute, providing information and insights that are educational, inspiring, and even entertaining. Read some of these stories below.

The big wide world just got different in a bigger way

Physically the world still looks the same but coming out of isolation has caused trepidation and certainly tentativeness among many.  Among older people in particular this feeling at a time of re-emergence is universal. READ MORE

Remain connected through interesting online videos, podcasts, and interactive websites via our Wellbeing and Engagement section >> or the links below:

Fresh and New:

Eating well to build immunity is important at all times, especially during colder weather to ward off coughs and colds, and when virus’s like COVID-19 are around. Visit the NZ Nutrition Foundation for support resources

Health ED focus on helping New Zealanders stay well, visit their website for information and a free booklet from Ministry of Health on ageing well. 

Home Safety Kits, and important resources for reducing your falls risk at home, Live Stronger For Longer provides information for older people in regards to keeping yourself safe in and around your home.

Being well in your world:

Five insightful and energising actions to enhance wellbeing ​from The Mental Health Foundation.

The Wisdom of the Sages. How wise ones may have handled Covid-19.

Being safe in someone's arms. The place of hugging in a pandemic. ​

New Zealand has led the world in Covid-19 solutions, including research by world-class scientists.


  • Support Services

    We've provided a variety of online shopping resources, communities to connect with, financial support services, and helplines, to ease the stress of life. Click here for more information.

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