December 20, 2021
Whānau ora providers break herd approach
Whānau Ora providers are on a last big push this week to complete as many vaccinations as possible before the Christmas break.
North Island Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency chief executive John Tamihere says the year has shown the vaccination programme developed by the mainstream fell short for Māori.
He says there’s still about 4000 unvaccinated Māori in Māngere to reach and a similar number in Ōtara, but the resources are now in place to reach those people.
It’s a harder task to reach marginalised groups in rural and provincial areas.
“That’s why up and down the country Māori have now become specialist in outreach services where we are mobile and we will take the services to the people as opposed to treating them like animals where they have to come in to a herd to be docked all the time,” Mr Tamihere says.