February 04, 2021
Promise of new day in COVID response
Scholars at Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, the centre for Māori research and excellence, say a 30-year-old report could serve as a blueprint to restructure the country in the wake of COVID-19.
In a paper published today by Pūao-Te-Ata-Tū: Realising the Promise of a New Day, Amohia Boulton, Michelle Levy and Lynley Cvitanovic argue the report prepared for the Department of Social Welfare recognised the issues facing Māori resulted from failing systems of state provision underpinned by a broader context of colonisation, racism and structural inequity.
They say whānau, hapū, iwi and Māori community responses to COVID-19 brought to life what Pūao-Te-Ata-Tū articulated and showed the vast potential that lies within Māori communities, when adequately resourced.
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