Eastern Bay COVID Pop-Up sites and times announced

An example of a dive-in clinic. Photo: Daniel Hines/SunLive.

Pop-Up drive-through COVID assessment clinics are continuing throughout the Eastern Bay of Plenty.

Destinations for the one-day clinics during April include Murupara, Waimana, Rūātoki, Waikaremoana and Ruatāhuna with more locations being assessed and planned where possible.

The clinics ensure anyone with COVID-19 symptoms can access services without travel barriers.

The dates and times for April are as follows:

‍‍Murupara (in partnership with Te Ika Whenua Hauora)


Wed, April 15, - Koromiko Street          10am-2pm


Tūhoe (in partnership with Ngai Tūhoe)


Te Waimana: Fri, April 17, - Rugby Grounds                          10am-2pm

Rūātoki: Wed, April 22, - Ohutu Marae                                   10am-2pm

Waikaremoana: Fri, April 24, - Waikaremoana Clubrooms    10am-2pm

Ruatāhuna: Wed, April 29, - Te Tii Hub, Ruatāhuna               10am-2pm

The mobile Pop Ups provide a kaupapa Māori mobile service to ensure small and rural communities have accessible COVID-19 assessment; and incorporates wrap around services.

The 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.

With future clinic times subject to change, in response to the healthcare needs of the community, ongoing dates for all COVID-19 assessment clinic services will be kept up-to-date at

The process will assess, test (if needed) and manage people with potential COVID-19 symptoms while minimising risk of transmission and ensuring wrap around services are also offered.


TPOOM is providing Whanau Ora support with resources, information and support ranging from information about hygiene and isolation through to hardship and emotional support.

For the coming week the operating times for the established static sites in the Eastern Bay of Plenty are as follows:

Whakatāne (at Whakatāne War Memorial Hall)


Thursday 16 April             Closed

Friday 17 April                  9am-12.30pm

Saturday 18 April             10am-4pm

Sunday 19 April               Closed

Monday 20 April               9am-12.30pm

Ōpōtiki (at Ōpōtiki Senior Citizens Hall)

Thursday 16 April             10am-2pm

Kawerau (at the Ron Hardie Recreation Centre Car Park)


Thursday 16 April             10am-2pm


All patients with the following symptoms are eligible to be seen at the drive-thru facility:

• Cough
• Shortness of Breath
• Sore Throat
• Runny Nose


All symptoms can be with or without fever. If you have your NHI number, please bring this with you. If you are unsure if you meet the eligibility, please call your General Practice or Healthline for advice.

All patients are required to arrive at the drive-thru assessment centre in a vehicle, only with people within your bubble. Those who don’t have access to a vehicle, contact the Te Puna Ora Covid-19 support line on 0800 MATAATUA (628 228) and press 9 for their dedicated line.

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