August 19, 2021
Iwi look to kaumatua welfare
A far north iwi leader says support systems for whānau are being fired up.
Te Rarawa chair Haami Piripi says past lockdowns have taught iwi in Taitokerau they have to rely on themselves.
His rūnanga is contacting elders by phone or person to ensure they can cope with level four.
"Things like being able to self-contain, have they enough food, have they enough wood for their fires, whatever they need," he says.
Mr Piripi says while there is pressure from police not to run roadside checkpoints, the message needs to get through that whānau and others from Auckland should stay away.
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