December 06, 2021
Māori effort gets harbour fringe vaxxed
Waipareira chief executive John Tamihere says vaccine sweeps through Auckland’s remote areas revealed where the mainstream efforts fall short.
Waipareira is vaccinating more than 2000 people a week by going out to where people are, rather than waiting for them to come in.
Last week it sent 120 kaimahi to help Manurewa Marae, Papakura Marae and Huakina Development Trust, which services communities like Pukekohe and Tuakau between the Waikato River and the Manukau Harbour.
“They’re communities that are outlier communities, they’re always on the back end of everything whether it’s transport, housing, health because they’re right out there. That community was very welcoming of us arriving in their little parks where they take their babies for a little breakout,” Mr Tamihere says.
Through its membership of the National Urban Māori Authority, Waipareira is taking part in this week’s Waitangi Tribunal inquiry into whether the government’s Covid response failed to properly address Māori needs.