August 25, 2021
Maori Party waiting for Covid plan
Māori Party co-leader Debbie Ngarewa-Packer says she’s still waiting to see the Government’s Māori plan to deal with Covid.
The health select committee is this weekend looking into the response.
Ms Ngarewa-Packer says she’s asking what support there is for hauora Māori, and what is being done to raise vaccination rates.
"There has not been an evident Māori vaccination plan. There hasn't been a Māori communications plan. There hasn't been a Māori testing plan. There hasn't been a Māori recovery plan. There have been ad hoc random times when we have seen the Whānau Ora Minister come in," she says.
Ms Ngarewa Packer says since it can’t come up with its own plan, government should tap into the hauora and iwi who have developed and implemented their own plans.
There were 62 new community cases of COVID-19 confirmed today, brings the total number of cases in the community outbreak to 210.
Of these new cases, 40 are Pacific peoples, three are Māori, seven are Asian, five are European, and as yet, the ethnicity is unknown of seven.
The total number of community cases in Auckland is now 198 and 12 in Wellington.
The number of cases in the AOG Māngere sub-cluster is now 105 and the Birkdale Social Network cluster associated with Case A, the Devonport man, is about 36 confirmed cases.
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