Te Papa Hauora Health Precinct is hosting a free public information evening on COVID-19.

Date:     Thursday 23 March

Time:     5.00 pm – 6.45pm

Venue:  At Manawa, 276 St Antigua Street in person OR  join us online!

The impact of COVID-19 has affected us all in some way. This is another excellent opportunity for members of the public to hear from our experts and ask questions about the ongoing situation.


Listen to our experts present on the following, and then ask questions:

The latest on the vaccine and controlling future outbreaks

  • What is involved in developing a vaccine, when will one be developed, and how do we make sure New Zealanders get the vaccine?

           Presented by Professor David Murdoch, Dean of University of Otago, Christchurch, infectious disease expert and NZ advisor on the steering committee for the Oxford Vaccine Group, the British group developing a COVID-19 vaccine.

  • Asymptomatic transmission, contact tracing, testing and what this all means going forward to control future outbreaks.

           Presented by Dr Josh Freeman, Microbiology Clinical Director and infection prevention and control acting director for the CDHB.

The ongoing impacts of COVID 19 on our health and wellbeing

  • What unintended health consequences (positive and negative), have emerged from our response to COVID 19?

           Presented by Alan Pithie, Consultant Physician in Infectious Diseases and General Medicine, CDHB.

  • What long-term impact might COVID 19 (and lockdown) have on the wellbeing of our tamariki and what learnings from other crises can we apply to support them? What can I do for myself so that I can support my whanau?

          Presented by Mairin Taylor, Registered Senior Clinical Psychologist and lecturer in Counselling in the School of Health Sciences, University of Canterbury.


The event will be open to members of the public to attend in person at Manawa in the Te Papa Hauora Health Precinct or attend online. Registrations are essential.

A recording of the evening will be available on our website after the event.