February 21, 2022
Hope for relief for marae Covid account
Papakura Marae head Tony Kake says the marae may finally get reimbursed for the support it is giving to whānau self-isolating with Covid-19.
Mr Kake says Papakura along with Turuki Healthcare and other Māori providers responded when the call went out for help four months ago at the start of the home isolation regime.
But is was only last Friday, after the providers went to the media, that DHBs indicated some pūtea was on the way.
“They kind of want us to help but then are a bit slow in coming to the party. You wouldn’t go into a shopping mall or a Countdown and just take it and say ‘I’ll pay when I’m ready.’ That’s not how it works,” Mr Kake says.
He says with more than 2500 new cases of Omicron yesterday, the priority now is getting care packages into the community along with rapid antigen tests so whānau can test to confirm whether they can go out to work.