February 22, 2022
Covid funding boost should help with protest bump
The Minister for Crown Māori Relations says extra funding for Māori and Pacific providers will help deal with some of the extra Covid spread expected from the parliament protests.
Kelvin Davis joined fellow ministers Peeni Henare, Willie Jackson and Aupito William Sio at Ngā Whare Waatea in Mangere this morning to announce the $140 million package, which will allow providers to scale up their efforts vaccinating people and supporting those in isolation during the Omicron wave.
He says two years of Covid have taken its toll, but now is not the time for people to lose their nerve, like those who have flocked to Wellington.
“I hate to think about how much Covid is being spread around in Wellington now with people proudly not wearing masks, proudly singing, dancing, hugging, whatever they are doing together. When that protest disperses all of those people will be going back to the four corners of this country. The dispersal of that protest is going to amplify the problems in all of our communities,” Mr Davis says.