Issue #10

It’s great to see that 83% of eligible Māori adults are now double-vaxxed against COVID-19. There’s still some important mahi to do to ensure as many whānau Māori as possible are well protected and prepared for COVID-19.

Issue #10

 

Kia ora e ngā iwi o te motu me ngā mihi o te tau hou Pākehā ki a koutou katoa!

We hope you had a great break with your whānau and loved ones over the Christmas-New Year break.

It’s great to see that 83% of eligible Māori adults are now double-vaxxed against COVID-19. There’s still some important mahi to do to ensure as many whānau Māori as possible are well protected and prepared for COVID-19, particularly with the new variant Omicron at our borders. This week marks another major milestone as tamariki five and over can now get immunised against COVID-19 and the wait between booster shots has been shortened to four months.

In this issue, we highlight some key updates:

New information available on tamariki vaccinations and booster shots

Booking options for 5s and over

Local faces in local places

Phase 2 of the Māori Communities COVID-19 Fund is underway

Karawhiua continues

 


New information available on tamariki vaccinations and booster shots

We’ve updated the Karawhiua website and our Frequently asked questions so whānau can find trusted information about the Pfizer vaccine now available for tamariki five years and over. We’ll provide more resources and videos to help whānau make a good decision about protecting their tamariki and whānau in the coming weeks. We've also updated the website information on booster shots. 

You can find a good kōrero from Dr Matire Harwood about why it’s important to immunise our tamariki/mokopuna against COVID-19 and a general explainer about the vaccine for tamariki produced by Stuff and Māori Television.

 


Booking options for 5s and over

The best way to book a whānau or group is to phone the COVID Vaccination Healthline on 0800 28 29 26. Individual bookings can be made online at www.BookMyVaccine. Some centres are also accepting walk-ins.

The mapping tool on Karawhiua.nz has been updated so that whānau can easily find out which sites are offering COVID-19 immunisations for tamariki aged 5-11, including “Vax Now” options. Check out the tamariki vaccination sites here.

It’s important to note that not all COVID-19 centres are offering vaccinations to this age group straight away. We will continue to update the Karawhiua website and mapping tool as changes are made.
 

Local faces in local places

Late last year we shared a video reel of some of the billboards that were produced with you to support local vaccination campaigns. You may have seen some of these images in your travels. As it was sent just before Christmas and we’re guessing some of you missed it – and because we’ve zhuzhed it up with some magic East Coast music - we thought we’d send it out again. The updated gallery now features the waiata “Community Immunity”, a song written and sung by Ruawhaitiri Ngatai-Mahue who appeared in the Te Araroa “community immunity” video. The song was recorded at Radio Ngāti Porou and the music was composed by Kahu Waitoa.  We hope you enjoy it. Check it out here.

 

                                                                                         Ruawhaitiri Ngatai-Mahue

 

Phase 2 of the Māori Communities COVID-19 Fund underway

The $120 million MCCF fund was announced last year and is part of the Government COVID-19 Protection Framework or traffic light system.

Eighty-five contracts worth $72.08 million have since been approved to accelerate Māori vaccinations, resulting in some impressive local collaborations to minimise the impact of COVID-19.

This leaves $47.92 million of the original $120 million fund available for Phase 2 to support Māori communities to prepare and respond to the COVID-19 environment, especially planning for recovery and resilience in highly impacted hapori Māori.

This focus complements the $204.1 million of Care in the Community (CiC) efforts by the Ministries for Social Development and Health to support people who are self-isolating. 

MCCF Phase 2 will support building the capability of iwi, hapū and whānau ora, health, social service, regional and community organisations to deliver resilience. 

Read more about Phase 2 funding criteria here.
 

Karawhiua continues

Funding for the Karawhiua campaign has been secured until at least April 2022 so we’re looking forward to continuing the campaign in partnership with Māori organisations, the Iwi Communications Collective, Ministry of Health, Unite-Against-COVID and others to ensure that the campaign continues to support the protection of our whānau and whakapapa. Me mahi tahi tātou ki te hāpai i ngā mahi a ngā iwi, ki te tiaki i ō tātou whānau.

 

How can we help?

If you are looking to get involved in the Karawhiua campaign, co-brand with us or would like some support, flick us an email to discuss what we can do for you. You can also check out the resources page for videos, posters and guidelines you can use.

Until next time …kia kaha, kia māia, kia manawanui! Please keep sending us through examples of your mahi.

Ka kite anō,

Karawhiua Team