Helplines are available
If you are a victim of family violence, sexual violence, or if there is someone that makes you fearful, threatens or harasses you, seek help as soon as possible. You have the right to be safe.
The following helplines continue to be available for people needing help:
- Safe to Talk (external link) sexual harm helpline – 0800 044334, text 4334, email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Rape Crisis – 0800 88 33 00
- Women’s Refuge(external link) – 0800 733 843
- Shine domestic abuse services(external link) free call 0508 744 633 (9am and 11pm)
- Hey Bro helpline (external link)– supporting men to be free from violence 0800 HeyBro (439 276)
- Family violence information line(external link) to find out about local services or how to help someone else 0800 456 450
- Oranga Tamariki line(external link) for concerns about children and young people 0508 326 459, email: email@example.com
- 1737, Need to talk?(external link) Free call or text 1737 for mental health support from a trained counsellor
- Youthline(external link) – 0800 376 633, free text 234, email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Shakti – for migrant and refugee women – 0800 742 584 – available 24 hours
- Elder Abuse Helpline 0800 32 668 65 – available 24 hours
- Te Puna Oranga – whānau crisis line – 0800 222 042 – available 24 hours
Activities for Kids
- Nano Girl explains Coronavirus to kids
- All Right has activities and an APP for kids
- Understand the science behind washing your hands with soap
- Free daily audiobook from David Williams for 30 days
- NASA’s Space Racers is a great educational website for kids
- NASA also has family activity and lesson plan resources
- An experiment you can do which shows how soap keeps germs away
- Scholastic has daily ‘learn from home’ classes for different ages
- Save the Children has activity and lesson resources
- Stuck at Home Science shares new videos daily
- Astronauts from the International Space Station read story books
- Watch an aquarium webcam from Monterey Bay Aquarium
- 25 live Nature Cams for kids, including NZs albatross colony
- Sparklers has activities for kids up to grade 8
- Te reo Māori activity book from Te Papa
- Play activity ideas for kids from the Ministry of Education
- Fun things to make from the Department of Conservation
- Read Oat the Goat online (or have it read to you)
- Otago Uni Marine Studies Department activity sheets
- Kids games from Otago Uni Marine Studies Department
- A Coronavirus workbook for kids from Mindheart
- 30 days of play from Plunket NZ
- 113 activities for kids from Northshore Mums
- Free audio books for kids through Audible
- Ngā Kete Kōrero E-books from Kauwhata Reo
- Watch Play Our Part from the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
- Together at Home from NZ Geographic
- Join the NZ Bearhunt with this handy map
- Enter an art competition from Uxbridge
- Colour your bubble online with Stuff
- Listen to But Why: A Podcast for Curious Kids
- Watch Bill Nye the Science Guy
- Take a virtual tour of a farm
- Listen to Stuff You Should Know
- Take a family trip to Alaska… virtually, of course
- Take Dr. Seuss’s Word Challenge
- Wellington Zoo’s activities for kids
- Capital E shares instructional videos for kids craft activities
- The National Wildlife Centre activities
- Zumba for kids
- School holiday activities from the Christchurch Arts Centre
- Resources from Christchurch City Library
- Take a look at Story Box Library, which you can log in to with your library account
- Why not give the National Flash Fiction Day Youth Competition a go?
Talking to kids about Coronavirus
The Ministry of Health has some useful information on how to talk to your children during times of mental distress. Do make sure to read their list of reactions/behaviour that you might see from children during this time and advice on how to help.
The Ministry of Education has some great information about talking to kids about Coronavirus.
The video below can help explain Coronavirus to kids. Nano Girl also has a great video explaining the science behind washing your hands with soap to protect against the virus.
- Unite Against COVID-19 – Official Government Website
- Tips on looking after your mental health
- Coping During Coronavirus – Info from NZ Institute for Wellbeing and Resilience (NZIWR)
- NZIWR Coping During Coronavirus Webinar
- NZIWR Supporting Young People Webinar
- Advice from INSTEP around wellness
- Empower your whānau through #manaaki20
- Tips on Daily Wellbeing from All Right?
- Coping with stress during COVID-19
- WHO guidance on “Mental health and psychosocial considerations during the COVID-19 outbreak”
- If you are experience period poverty, The Good Fund can help
- Humans of Christchurch Ōtautahi, e-meet some lovely locals
- Good and Cheap is a free PDF cookbook with good and cheap meal ideas
- Weave Kono Online Course, free during the lockdown
- Work-out online with the Christchurch City Council
- Christchurch library resources that are available from home.
How to stay in your bubble
Residents in Christchurch can call 0800 24 24 11 if in need of help with accessing essential household goods and services, such as food and medication, your call will be directed through to your local district to discuss your needs.
Here’s some easy-to-understand information from Siouxsie Wiles & Toby Morris with ‘You’re waking up in lockdown New Zealand. Here’s how it works‘
Working and Learning From Home– tips on how to make it work
The Student Volunteer Army is supporting Christchurch locals by picking up and delivering essential grocery items and medication, and offering childcare for healthcare professionals. Use this form to request support.
Delivereat lists independent businesses who are delivering food during Level-4, list is updated daily.
Help with essential costs– If you’re struggling to meet your living costs or had an unexpected bill you might be eligible, even if you’re working.
StepUP is a community initiative of BNZ and Good Shepherd. Delivery is supported by the Ministry of Social Development.
Christchurch Budget Service are providing a remote service by phone, email, skype. Call on 03 366 3422 or call or txt on 021 08271472 or email email@example.com.
Skinny Jump is flexible prepaid broadband: Only $5 for 30GB of data, no contracts or credit checks. Skinny Jump is a not-for-profit service supporting those most at risk of digital exclusion.
Christchurch City Council has announced a Rates Relief Packages for affected home owners and businesses
Information from Nathan Wallis
Nathan also has a video which talks about homeschooling your children during this time.
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