June 29, 2023
Covid-19 inquiry defers public consultation
The Māori member on the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Covid 19 says she’s keen to hear from Māori health providers and communities about their response to the pandemic.
Former minister Hekia Parata says unlike some other countries who have looked back and tried to find fault, the New Zealand inquiry is looking for what can be learned to prepare for the next, inevitable, global pandemic.
It is identifying key individuals and organisations who may have insights to contribute, but it’s holding off on the public consultation until after the election.
“After the election we’re going to be inviting submissions on our website, from any and all New Zealanders, who wish to make a submission, to share their experience with us – to share what they think the lessons are, and what they would like to see going forward,” Ms Parata says.
The report and recommendations will be completed some time in 2024.