April 06, 2020
Bubble management for lockdown tangihanga
A member of national Māori pandemic coordinating group Te Rōpu Whakakaupapa Urutā says it’s still pushing for more of a Māori voice in planning.
Dr Rawiri Jansen says one size fits all approaches will fail Māori, so the more influence Māori leadership have in tailoring the response, the better vulnerable communities will be.
He says there have been problems with some of the tikanga advice, such as the advice on tangihanga which had to be changed because it was more restrictive than necessary.
"I know there are funeral directors doing a really great job of managing small numbers in their own bubbles, one bubble at a time, to be with and view tūpāpaku, so there are some better ways of doing it and we need to get the policy advice and information for whānau lined up with that". he says.
Dr Jansen says the Māori tradition of distributed leadership is one of the strengths of the Māori response
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