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We provide COVID-19 Testing & Assessment Services across Mataatua.

Until a vaccine becomes available we will continue to test across Mataatua to ensure COVID-19 remains contained.

Testing is available in Whakatāne and Kawerau, and in locations around Mataatua through our mobile testing clinic.

Testing can now also be arranged through your local GP. Criteria applies.

The Process

Regular testing sites are up and running. People can also go through their GPs if they need to be tested. Visits to community areas that have barriers to testing can be organised on request.

COVID-19 Drive Thru Assessment Sites

We are be back to COVID-19 Testing in the community.

Wed 12 Aug: 4pm-6pm
Whakatane War Memorial Hall

Thurs 13 Aug: 10am-2pm
Whakatane War Memorial Hall

Friday 14 Aug: 10am-2pm
Kawerau Ron Hardie Rec Centre

Saturday 15 Aug: 10am-2pm
Whakatane War Memorial Hall

Sunday 16 Aug: 10am-2pm
Kawerau Ron Hardie Rec Centre

Check this page for updates on the COVID-19 Testing in Mataatua.
If you have a group or community that needs help with testing please email us at


You can be assessed without symptoms and you will be tested if you meet the right criteria. It is also a good idea to get assessed if you have any of the following:

• Any flu-like symptoms such as a cough, shortness of breath, sore throat or runny nose
• Respiratory conditions
• A history of respiratory conditions
• Chronic illness

Mobile Popups

While we will be doing assessments for COVID-19, we can combine this with a number of other essential services on advance request too.

These could include:
- Flu jabs
- Blood pressure checks
- Rheumatic fever swabs
- Smoking advice
- Asthma, heart and diabetes checks
- Smears

Talk to us about the needs of your community or organisation. Call 0800 MATAATUA and ask for Lee or email

Whānau Ora

Our testing sites had a kaupapa Māori approach and come with wrap around whānau ora services.

We provided resources, information and support on site, ranging from information about hygiene and isolation through to hardship, kai, and emotional support.


The assessment centres drive-throughs have been set up by Te Puna Ora o Mataatua (TPOOM) and Eastern Bay PHA (EBPHA) with support from Bay of Plenty District Health Board (BOPDHB), in collaboration with local iwi in each area.

We deliver a kaupapa Māori and equity model in conjunction with Pahi Tahi in the Western Bay of Plenty operated by The Centre for Health.

Where We Have Been

We are grateful for the support of hapū and Iwi around Mataatua and the manaaki they have provided our team when we have visited their pieces of paradise.

To date, our mobile pop-ups have visited:

- Te Waimana
- Rūātoki
- Murupara
- Waikaremoana
- Ruatāhuna
- Tāneatua
- Te Teko
- Matatā
- Edgecumbe
- Whakatāne
- Rotomā
- Poroporo
- Whakatane Holiday Park
- Cutler Crescent

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