June 25, 2020
Te Arawa wary of Rotorua COVID refuge
Te Arawa is asking health authorities hard questions about the use of Rotorua’s hotels as managed isolation facilities for those returned from overseas.
Tā Toby Curtis says the first people in Rotorua knew about the use of their town was when the busses turned up with the overflow form Auckland and Hamilton.
The iwi had a meeting this week with the mayor, Minister Megan Woods, quarantine operation head Air Commodore Darryn Webb and health officials where it asked for one of its representatives to be put on the group overseeing the operation.
"We want to make sure the processes are there in place to ensure there is not an outbreak of this virus in the community, especially with the fact 50 percent of Rotorua is now Te Arawa and we did not want the old people affected by what is being done," Tā Toby says.
So far one of the Rotorua returnees has tested positive for COVID-19, a woman in her 30s who arrived in New Zealand on June 20 from Peru and was staying at the Ibis Hotel in Rotorua.
She has been moved to the Jet Park hotel in south Auckland
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