Tāngata whaikaha

Whānau with lived experience of disability are a taonga within our communities. There is a range of tools and services available to support tāngata whaikaha.

Mā tōu rou, mā taku rourou Support for whānau with lived experience of disability

If you are tāngata whaikaha, tāngata whaiora, whānau whaikaha or whānau with lived experience of disability, chronic health or injury-related health conditions, there are several ways to get support against COVID-19.

You can reach out to your kaupapa Māori hauora provider, people you know and trust for support, or contact the Healthline Disability Team or NZ Relay Service.

For information to support your mental hauora, check out our Tāngata whaiora page.

Tāngata whaiora

Pete and Rina

Pete and Rina kōrero with us about how the condition lupus impacts Rina and why it has been an important decision for their whānau to get immunised.

Video Link: https://www.karawhiua.nz/assets/Videos/Rina-1-v2.mp4

Butch Bradley

Butch talks to us about his health journey and why getting immunised is important for him and his whānau.

Video Link: https://www.karawhiua.nz/assets/Videos/Butch-Bradley-1.mp4

Te rōpū tautoko hauā o Healthline Healthline disability team

The COVID-19 disability helpline is available to support you, your whānau or someone you care for to answer questions about:

  • accessibility arrangements and getting mobility assistance
  • vaccination centres
  • getting your vaccination safely
  • home vaccinations
  • any effects the vaccine may have on you or your medications
  • applying for face mask exemptions
  • advice on COVID-19 testing and guidance with managing COVID-19 at home.

You can call the team on 0800 11 12 13.

You can also call the dedicated disability helpline if you need urgent cares and your support worker or carer is unavailable. This could be if:

  • your support worker is unavailable and cannot provide the essential support you need
  • you are unable to reach the organisation that normally provides your care
  • there is no one available to provide the support you need.

The Disability Helpline will assess the urgency of your support needs and work with you to find a solution.

The 0800 11 12 13 service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. From 8am to 8pm a person with experience or knowledge of disability will answer the call. After 8pm, calls will be answered by a trained member of the Healthline team.

Te Ratonga Kawekawe o Aotearoa NZ Relay Service

If you are Deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired, NZ Relay Service can help you contact Healthline. 

You can call NZ Relay on 0800 4 715 715. The NZ Relay help desk is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

Okanga taunaki mō tāngata whaikaha Booster shots for tāngata whaikaha

A booster shot provides more protection against COVID-19. For those who are not at risk, two doses of the vaccine and a booster shot is recommended.

For those at risk of severe illness from COVID-19, a second booster shot is recommended. This includes those who are 16 years and over who live with a disability with significant or complex health needs or multiple comorbidities. 

For more information and advice about the COVID-19 vaccination, call Healthline on 0800 28 29 26.

Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, engari he toa takitini.

My strength is not as an individual, but as a collective.

He toa takitini We are stronger together

The stories of tāngata whaikaha are unique,and our barriers to participating in society are often invisible. It is important to listen, connect and awhi each other so that we can navigate the challenges we face together.

He Toa Takitini is a collective response by tangata whaikaha to share stories and information about their hauora and protection from COVID-19.

For more information about He Toa Takitini, visit their Facebook page or follow them on Instagram.