March 11, 2022
Games the ticket for Omicron lockdown
The South Island Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency is shifting resources into supporting whānau isolating at home with Covid-19.
Te Pūtahitanga Chief Executive Helen Leahy says most cases in Te Waipounamu are under 30, and a large proportion are Māori.
She says the agency is working with schools and early childcare centres that know their people best.
“So we’re not just giving out endless supplies of sanitiser. Some of the things whānau came back to us with were ‘can you get us bulk supplies of games, of toys, of colouring books?’ So a different type of request than before. It’s about how you maintain spirits while we’re locked up,” she says.
Te Pūtahitanga is also working to get bulk orders of RATs and N95 masks.