COVID contact tracing card trial

Te Arawa Covid Response hub kaumatua Monty Morrison and Minister for Government Digital Services Kris Faafoi. Photo Credit: Stephen Parker

Supporting the COVID contact tracing card trial has been Te Arawa COVID-19 Response Hub’s latest initiative.

The story has been picked up by national news outlets, including Stuff.

Established in March 2020 to keep Te Arawa whānau and the community safe, the Hub has continued to be a valuable platform to seek accurate information. The Hub also provides support through their Workforce Hub, helping people seek mahi, develop new skills or access benefit entitlements.

Te Arawa soon recognised that co-designing the COVID contact tracing card trial in Ngongotahā was another way to contribute to vulnerable communities and wider Aotearoa.

The trial was deemed an overall success with 1,250 volunteers signing up to wear the Bluetooth-enabled card for the week-long trial to test human behaviour of the technology.

Ultimately the trial was about testing whether a contact tracing card could support our wider effort to stamp out COVID-19. The Bluetooth-enabled card is part of a larger toolbox of technologies the government is exploring to enhance contact tracing.

Community Whānau Day
COVID Contact Tracing Card trial: Rangatahi enjoyed a visit from the local fire station at the Community Whānau Day.
Photo Credit: Stephen Parker

A Whānau Day at Ngongotahā was hosted by the co-design partners (Te Arawa, Ministry of Health and the Universities of Otago and Waikato) to inform the community, encourage volunteers and most importantly, have fun!

Health providers and local organisations jumped at the chance to come together and promote their services, such as free dental checks and influenza immunisations.

COVID Contact Tracing Card trial: Rangatahi had a blast on the bouncy castle, having their faces painted and were given free train ride tickets for the Ngongotahā Railway Park.
Photo Credit: Stephen Parker

Rangatahi had a blast on the bouncy castle and having their faces painted. Families were also given free train ride tickets for the Ngongotahā Railway Park. However, the longest line was for the ice cream truck, made up of mostly adults!

The Ngongotahā field trial is now complete and research will be undertaken as to whether the contact tracing card can enhance Aotearoa’s contact tracing technologies.

We’ll continue to work with Te Arawa COVID-19 Response Hub, and will post updates in our Client News.

 

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