April 20, 2020
Ministry pandemic plan falls short for Maori docs
Nice words, how about some action.
That’s the response of Māori pandemic group Te Rōpū Whakakaupapa Urutā to the Health Ministry’s COVID-19 Māori Response Action Plan.
Member Rhys Jones says the plan looks like an afterthought, with some worthy goals and aspirations but no real plan to back them up.
He says Māori have taken the initiative in trying to keep their communities safe through the pandemic, and that can’t stop with the shift to level 3 – which for many vulnerable people won’t be much different to level 4.
"Because those restrictions will be hitting some people really hard, some of our whānau who are living in poverty, we need to really make sure the government steps up and supports and resources those communities and also supports and provides resources to iwi, hapū etc who are providing for those communities," Dr Jones says.
He says for a true treaty partnership there needs to be Maori governance and leadership at every level of the pandemic response.
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