May 06, 2020
Marae foodbank refines contactless systems
The queues have gone from Ngā Whare Waatea Marae.
It’s not because the need for food and assistance has gone down – it’s because people can now ring an 0800 number to first talk with kaimahi and have their needs assessed.
They’re then given a time to drive in and pick up their parcel.
Kaimahi Puhihuia Wade says the marae has also been developing its relationships with other marae, Māori wardens and police to identify whānau who may need help and manaaki.
“So the police have come in umpteen times over the past week. They have brought clients with them, driven through our drive-through process. They’ve been on the phone with them. So it’s all about getting those relationships out, trying to get as many people that need some support and triaging that accordingly,” she says.
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