April 22, 2020
Airlift gets kai to Motiti whanau
A Ngāti Awa health trust has delivered a load of food and generator fuel to whānau on Motiti Island.
The population of the island 10 km offshore from Tauranga more than doubled when the lockdown started, and normal flights that brought groceries were suspended.
Te Tohu o Te Ora o Ngāti Awa chief executive Enid Ratahi-Pryor says the 40 permanent residents include a number of vulnerable kaumatua.
With help from the Ngāti Awa Rūnanga and Te Puni Kōkiri, two charter flights were used to get the supplies to the island, which included fresh meat from a Ngāti Awa farm along with veges, fruit, flour, sugar and other goods.
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