December 15, 2020
Lonely kaumatua concern for new Ngati Hine Health chair
The new chair of Ngāti Hine Health Trust is making the well being of the tribe's kaumātua and kuia her top priority.
Rowena Tana replaces the long-serving Gwen Tepania-Palmer.
She says COVID-19 lockdowns revealed how many elderly members of the community felt lonely and vulnerable.
"At the moment we are facing that in our rural communities, and a lot of kaumātua and kuia living on their own are worried about their safety so we as a health trust and Te Rūnanga o Ngati Hine as well need to look urgently at what we are going to do with those things," Ms Tana says.
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