Working through Novel Coronavirus/COVID-19

We will be keeping our communities informed, as best we can in these fast-changing times, on ways we are working through the impacts of Novel Coronavirus/COVID-19.

Be aware

The New Zealand Government posts all information for the public on Become aware of the alert level system (alternate languages: Te Reo Māori, Chinese) there is a press session daily from the Government and the Ministry of Health which updates on the status and alert level for COVID-19 in New Zealand. Official media outlets cover this.

Multi-lingual fact sheets, what you need to know:

All translated materials related to the COVID-19 pandemic are available here.

Government funding support for social service providers (NGOs and community organisations) was announced on 27 March - go here

How Foundation North is responding

Date revised: Tuesday 24 March 2020

We continue to follow Ministry of Health guidelines and are joining other businesses in preparing to move towards the requirements of Alert Level 4 status to protect everyone in Aotearoa.

On this page we would like to share what the team at Foundation North is doing to ensure our mahi can, and will, continue as we all deal with fast-changing COVID-19 situation.

Office closure

Our office at 50 Ponsonby Road, Grey Lynn, Auckland closes today at 5pm until further notice.
Staff will work from home to continue providing our core business functions. You can still call us free on 0800 272 878 or email us on

Engaging with communities

For the health and safety of engagement staff and communities, we will be staying home and reducing contact.  This means we will need to move to arranging meetings via phone or video call. 
Please bear with us as we do our best to keep the lines of communication open through alternative ways to engage with you.

Staying connected

As well as updates on this page, our news page, and on our social media channels, we will be sending occasional enewsletters to let you know how we are working through COVID-19.
Email to be included in these mailings.


We are working diligently to ensure our grant making will continue.  As we operate a cloud-based system, things like grant applications, payments and reporting will continue to be administered through the Foundation North Funding Hub and all supporting information will remain available on the website.

Longer term, our granting depends on our investments - we take expert advice and not all our eggs are in one basket. Through good years and bad years, our investment policy takes a long-term view and is designed so that we will have a consistent ability to grant at current overall grants budget levels for at least the next two years.

Funding for events

Included in all four Alert Levels are restrictions about public events and mass gatherings. It is therefore possible that recent grants approved to support events, and future grant requests to support events, may be impacted.  In these instances, we’ll communicate directly with you.

We all wish that you and your whānau stay safe and well. We’ll keep in touch if we have further information to share.

Kia kaha, kia maia, kia manawanui
Be strong, be brave, be steadfast

Response Timeline

Latest actions from Foundation North in response to COVID-19.

Tuesday 24 March 2020

News Update: Working differently to slow the spread how Foundation North is operating and responding going into Alert Level 4.

Wednesday 18 March 2020

We continue to follow Ministry of Health guidelines and are operating with an abundance of caution to protect our people and the communities of Auckland and Northland who we serve.

Read the full newsletter to our communities including:

  • engaging with communities
  • looking after our people
  • being prepared
  • granting

Thursday 5 March 2020

News Update: Health & Safety Notice published detailing approach and advice for safeguarding health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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