Keeping Cambridge blanketed with love and support, one crochet square at a time

Welcome to you all

In this unprecedented time in our lives, we hope you find the information on this website useful. We endeavour to keep it as up to date as we can. 
We appreciate that there are a lot of people in our community who are feeling vulnerable at the moment, and Cambridge Neighbourhood Support are here to help you in any way we can.
This website holds important information, i.e. around to to keep yourself safe, contact phone numbers, but also practical tips - i.e. how to download zoom onto your computer so you can catch up with your family, to exercises you can do in the comfort of your own lounge.

Register for peace of mind

We'd love for you to register with Neighbourhood Support, and we've made it very easy to do.
All you have to is click the button below and fill out the form that will pop up, confirm that you're not a robot, save and you'll receive an email back from us to welcome you to Safer Cambridge, your local Neighbourhood Support Group.

Welcome - you're now part of our wonderful community.

We're at Level 2, as of Thursday 14 May, 2020

Below are a list of restrictions under Alert Level 2.

Play it safe

You have more freedom of movement at Alert Level 2, but it’s up to each one of us to keep the rest of New Zealand safe.

These are the most important things that you can remember and do:
  • COVID-19 is still out there. Play it safe.
  • Keep your distance from other people in public.
  • If you’re sick, stay home. Don’t go to work or school. Don’t socialise.
  • If you have symptoms of cold or flu call your doctor or Healthline and get advice about being tested.
  • Wash your hands. Wash your hands. Wash your hands.
  • Sneeze and cough into your elbow, regularly disinfect surfaces.
  • If you have been told to self-isolate you must do so immediately.
  • Keep a track of where you’ve been and who you’ve seen.

Controls at Alert Level 2

Alert Level 2 is not life as normal, some restrictions and other measures remain in place to reduce the risk of transmission.

  • We need to maintain physical distancing.
  • We will keep tight controls in place at our borders.
  • Our wide-scale testing will continue.
  • We will find and self-isolate anyone who is unwell and their close contacts.
  • There will be measures in place to allow some safe travel and socialising.
  • Physical distancing, hygiene standards and contact registers will make businesses safe.

    Life at Alert Level 2

    Life at Alert Level 2 means you can resume many of your everyday activities — but you have to do so safely.

    • All businesses can open to customers if they can do it safely. This will help to get people back to work.
    • You can go in-store at businesses.
    • Tertiary education facilities, schools and Early Learning Centres will be open for all ages.
    • You can travel between regions.
    • Social gatherings like weddings, religious ceremonies and birthdays can have up to 100 people.
    • You can safely connect and socialise with close friends and family, in groups of up to 100.
    • You can visit local cafes, restaurants, bars and pubs to have a meal.
    • You can return to your regular recreation activities, but there can be no more than100 people there.

    Personal Movement

    At Alert Level 2, you can leave home to do more things, but you should follow public health measures and consider others around you.

    Physical distancing

    Keep your distance when out and about:

    • 2 metres in public and in retail stores, like supermarkets and clothes shops.
    • 1 metre in most other environments like workplaces, cafes, restaurants, and gyms.

    There will be a few times at Alert Level 2 where it won’t be possible to maintain physical distance, so there will be other measures to manage public health risks.

    At-risk people

    There is guidance for people at higher risk of COVID-19. It includes advice under the different Alert Levels, who is at higher risk, and how they can protect themselves.
    Information for at-risk people

    Gatherings, events and
    public venues

    From midday Friday 29 May the the limit on social gatherings has changed from 10 to 100 people.

    These include events at home and outside of home such as:

    • weddings
    • family events
    • religious services
    • funerals and tangihanga
    • private functions, like a birthday at a hired premises.

    Play it safe — keep surfaces clean, wash your hands, and maintain safe physical distancing where possible.
    A person in charge of a social gathering, must ensure records are kept for contact tracing purposes, except where every person in a gathering knows each other. This includes in your home, community hall, or other space.
    You should not participate in any gatherings if you have COVID-19 symptoms or if you need to be in isolation for any reason.

    Exercise, sport
    and recreation

    You can do your usual exercise and recreation activities, provided you can do them safely.

    This includes activities that were restricted previously, including:

    • walking, biking and hunting on public conservation land
    • swimming at a public swimming pool, but there will be restrictions
    • going to the gym, but there will be restrictions
    • boating and motorised watersports
    • hunting during duck shooting season.

    Community sports are limited to groups of 100 in a defined space. A sports field can have multiple defined spaces by keeping:

    • people in groups of up to 100
    • groups separate either through consistent 2m physical distancing when outdoors or barriers.

    These groups are prevented from intermingling or sharing common facilities at the same time.
    More information on exercisely safely
    Government is working with community sports organisations to work through how community sport can be restarted safely.

    Travel and transport

    You can travel, but make sure you do it in a safe way.
    You can travel around the country, if you follow good personal health measures. You will need to keep records of what travel services you use and keep track of who you have been in contact with. You should keep your distance from groups of people you don’t know. You should minimise the number of places you stop on the way to your destination.
    You must not travel to events which do not meet the requirements for gatherings at Alert Level 2.
    There will be significantly more people driving on our roads and public transport will have reduced capacity as people try to maintain a safe distance during Alert Level 2. So, it’s important to plan your travel, expect delays and allow extra time.
    Tips for minimising risk while travelling:
    • If you can, try to avoid travelling on the roads and on public transport at peak times, or consider alternative ways of travelling, like cycling or walking.
    • While waiting for public transport avoid standing close to strangers, and avoid sitting next to someone you don’t know when on board. Follow the instructions from your transport operators.
    • Maintain good hygiene – wash your hands often, sneeze or cough into your elbow.
    • Keep track of your journey, including where and when you boarded and where you’re sitting.
    • If you can, try to take public transport at off-peak times.
    • Avoid sitting or standing next to someone you don’t know.
    • If you’re flying or taking other forms of transport that involve bookings, follow the physical distancing instructions from your transport operators.
    • You must not travel if you are displaying symptoms of COVID-19, awaiting a test, or if you need to self-isolate.

    Accessible Information

    Information and advice in other formats for people with particular accessibility needs are available on the Covid-19 Government Website.

    Advice in New Zealand Sign Language - click here

    Easy Read
    Information in Easy Read and Simplified Easy Read - click here

    Large Print and Audio
    Information in large print and audio formats - click here

    We'd just love to say
    .....a MASSIVE thank you

    We need to shout out a massive Thank You to all of the wonderful volunteers who have helped us out during this unprecedented time. You have given generously of your time, of your petrol and of yourself and for that we are truly blessed to have you in our community.

    Local Markets

    Our local markets are back under way again. Please respect the Health and Safety measures that the markets have put in place to keep us all safe.

    So, let's begin...

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    If there's something you'd like to see on this website, please let us know - it's about community.
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    This is the official Government website, keeping us up to date with our fight against Covid-19. Click here for live updates at 1pm daily.

    On this page you'll find some newsy items that are a mix of YouTube videos, facebook posts etc.

    Some banks will be open only for essential transactional services for customers unable to use alternative options.

    We're incredibly lucky to have so many awesome local businesses who are going to need support over the coming months.

    All churches are closed to worshippers, however it doesn't mean you can't attend - there are online services available! 

    Cambridge has a wealth of community services available, who are able to help with counselling through to budgeting.

    All of our doctors are still working their normal hours, however the way that we interact with them is a little different.

    Being in ‘lockdown’ can be tough, and there are some rules around what we can and can’t do outside of our home in regard to fitness.

    Residents are being strongly urged not to travel to their baches, second homes or holiday homes, even if they’re located within the same district. Read more...

    The Ministry of Education is partnering with TVNZ to deliver entertaining educational programming with teacher-led lessons. Live weekdays 9am-3pm on Freeview 7, Sky 502 and TVNZ. View online.

    Cambridge has a wealth of community services available, who are able to help with counselling through to budgeting.

    Visit this page for a number of key contacts in regards to help with farm debt, rural assistant payments and a couple of handy web resources. Read more...



    All schools will be re-opening under Level 2. School is a safe place and all students are expected to return.

    Staying in touch has never been so important. On this page you'll find instructions on how to stay connected.

    Volunteer buddies can assist with getting food, transport, accompany you to doctor, hospital or other essential apppointments, social and financial support. Read more...

    It's easy to nominate someone

    Just go to our website below, fill in the nomination form and hit ‘Submit’ - it’s that easy! Best of luck everyone.

    Know of a standout neighbour who is making a difference on your street or in your community?

    Enter them in the
    Good Neighbour Awards

    Neighbourhood Support has launched the Good Neighbour Awards! We decided that it would be a positive way to promote the message of neighbours helping each other and also recognise the acts of support and kindness we have seen over the past week or so.
    Nominations are open to all residents of New Zealand who currently reside in the country during lockdown.  
    Each week we’ll choose our favourite nomination as our Good Neighbour of the week. Both the nominator and nominee will each receive a $50 Prezzy Card and plenty of virtual high-fives, our small way of saying thanks for making our neighbourhoods a better place to live.
    Nominations are now open and will be running every week until lockdown ends.  
    People are invited to submit a nomination by 7pm on Sunday to be considered for that week’s award.  Winners will be announced on our website and on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram on Tuesdays starting on 14 April.

    Thanks for our wonderful supporters