Radio Waatea Aucklands urban Maori radio and news station Manukau mass vaccination test of strategy The effectiveness of the Government’s vaccination strategy for Māori and Pasifika will be under the spotlight today as the first mass vaccination event happens in South Auckland. Fri, 30 Jul 2021 08:57 COVID fears keep Trans Tasman rivals out of League tourney New Zealand and Australia are taking a pass on the Rugby League World Cup because of COVID-19 concerns. Fri, 23 Jul 2021 09:00 Taihoa on COVID vaccinations to match supply Associate Health Minister Peeni Henare says health provides have been asked to slow down their vaccination programmes so they don’t get ahead of the supply of vaccine coming into the country. Mon, 28 Jun 2021 08:30 Alert levels critical to keep COVID breach to capital Wellington is under level 2 conditions until the end of the weekend as authorities try to determine whether a Sydney man passed on COVID-19 during his weekend in the city. Thu, 24 Jun 2021 08:21 Maori vaccine numbers dip The co-chair of Māori Pandemic response group Te Whakakaupapa Urutā says the vaccine rollout is missing its Māori targets. Tue, 25 May 2021 08:48 Korowai of protection needed for COVID It's not about you, it's about us. Fri, 14 May 2021 08:24 Pandemic shows need to tino rangatiratanga The executive director of Te Pūtea Whakatupu Trust says the response to the pandemic shows why Māori need to drive their own economic and social development. Wed, 14 Apr 2021 09:00 Marae serves as vaccination point for Turuki Turuki Healthcare has teamed up with Pukaki Marae in Mangere to trial a new mobile vaccination centre. Tue, 30 Mar 2021 08:33 Border worker tests positive for COVID A managed isolation worker at Auckland’s Grand Millennium Hotel has tested positive for COVID-19. Tue, 23 Mar 2021 08:15 Maori knowledge would strengthen vaccine effort The National Hauora Coalition wants the Government to use the COVID immunisation programme to demonstrate its commitment to Māori wellbeing. Thu, 18 Mar 2021 09:00 Shot in the arm for Maori vaccine effort Associate Health Minister Peeni Henare says Māori health providers will be encouraged to take a whole whānau approach when administering the Covid-19 vaccine. Thu, 11 Mar 2021 07:57 Maori risk highlighted as COVID vaccinations near The South Island Whānau Ora commissioning agency is gearing up to get the message out about the need for people to get the COVID-19 vaccination when it becomes available. Tue, 09 Mar 2021 08:33 Covid mass message missing South Auckland cultures A South Auckland church leader wants central government to loosen its grip on COVID-19 messaging so local authorities can fill the gaps. Thu, 04 Mar 2021 14:39 Whanau dread uniform bills The head of the Mangere Budgeting Service wants schools to rethink their uniforms in light of the financial challenges on families because of COVID-19. Fri, 11 Sep 2020 08:24 COVID guidance ignores Maori health profile There’s a call for the Government to update its risk profiles for COVID-19 in light of the current experience with the South Auckland cluster. Mon, 07 Sep 2020 07:51 Panatahi gets the COVID message through A new series of COVID-19 announcements produced for the Ministry of Health are going viral, as they say. Thu, 03 Sep 2020 07:42 MPs take chance for final COVID grilling The health select committee will reconvene today for its last act of the parliamentary session, as Opposition parties try to find flaws in the Government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Wed, 02 Sep 2020 08:00 New rules as Auckland lockdown eases Aucklanders are being urged to follow the new rule for COVID Alert Level 2.5. Mon, 31 Aug 2020 08:21 Mixed messages on COVID testing need fix A member of the COVID-19 Surveillance and Testing Strategy Group would like to see better communication around who needs to be tested and when. Thu, 27 Aug 2020 08:24 Buttabean foodbank reaches invisible population A former heavyweight boxer has turned his fitness and weightloss business into a foodbank. Wed, 26 Aug 2020 07:03 Border review pair bring baggage The chief executive of a Maori medical service is unhappy at the appointment of long time public sector troubleshooters Sir Brian Roche and Heather Simpson to head a review of the border testing strategy. Fri, 21 Aug 2020 08:30 Tauira drop out to mind families through pandemic A South Auckland school principal says COVID-19 lockdowns are leading to some pupils in low decile kura quitting to support their families. Fri, 21 Aug 2020 08:24 Manurewa principal resists reopening call A South Auckland school principal says it's too risky to bring children back to school while COVID-19 is in the community. Wed, 19 Aug 2020 07:42 Police plan for iwi checkpoints Police Deputy Commissioner Wally Haumaha says contingency plans are being put in place in case an increase in COVID-19 alert levels leads to returned demands for community checkpoints. Wed, 19 Aug 2020 07:33 Conspiracies touted despite rapid information share Labour Party deputy leader Kelvin Davis says nothing is being held back from New Zealanders about the COVID-19 situation here. Tue, 18 Aug 2020 07:48 Tests a fix for political anxiety National’s Northcote MP Dan Bidois says everyone who wants a test for COVID-19 should be able to get one. Tue, 18 Aug 2020 07:45 Anxious wait strains testing capacity Get tested for COVID-19 if you’re showing symptoms, but if not, stay at home. Mon, 17 Aug 2020 08:15 Te Putahitanga readies for lockdown strain The head of the South Island whanau ora commissioning agency says mental health is top of mind as it contemplates the return of COVID-19 restrictions. Fri, 14 Aug 2020 10:03 Ngati Hine responds to COVID flare Ngāti Hine has ramped up its COVID-19 emergency response taskforce as Te Taitokerau moves into Alert Level 2. Fri, 14 Aug 2020 09:30 Netcast wider for COVID outbreak Health officials are using genome sequencing to try to identify the source of the COVID-19 outbreak in a South Auckland family. Thu, 13 Aug 2020 08:18 Peters' bus stranded as COVID cripples campaigning The flare-up in community transmission in COVID-19 has disrupted electioneering. Wed, 12 Aug 2020 08:06 Coolstore COVID outbreak brings quick response Work colleagues of one of the family at the centre of the South Auckland COVID-19 outbreak are also showing symptoms. Wed, 12 Aug 2020 08:03 Hand and early pandemic mantra A member of the Māori pandemic response group says the health system should now have the capacity to deal quickly with an outbreak of community transmission of COVID-19. Wed, 12 Aug 2020 08:03 Marae opts for contactless tangi Eastern Bay of Plenty iwi Te Whānau ā Apanui will this afternoon discuss whether it again needs to close off its borders to prevent COVID-19 reaching its vulnerable population. Wed, 12 Aug 2020 07:57 Wananga numbers down as COVID recovery lags While some polytechnics are experiencing an increase in enrollments as people who have lost jobs because of COVID-19 retrain, there has been no such surge in the wānanga sector. Wed, 12 Aug 2020 07:51 COVID makes unwelcome return It’s back to level 3 for Aucklanders today, as health authorities try to get a grip on a case of community transmission of COVID-19 in a South Auckland family. Wed, 12 Aug 2020 07:42 COVID lockdown sparks home ownership dream COVID-19 has led to an upswing in financial literacy in Aotearoa. Tue, 11 Aug 2020 08:45 COVID catches students in digital divide A report for an Auckland iwi has highlighted how young Maori students found themselves on the wrong side of the digital divide during the COVID-19 lockdown. Wed, 29 Jul 2020 08:09 Media Release: Community encouraged to get free vaccination The Counties Manukau Health Immunisation team is encouraging the community to attend a free vaccination day at the Free Church of Tonga in Mangere on Saturday, 25 July, 2020. Fri, 24 Jul 2020 13:06 Cashflow loans keep Maori businesses afloat Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis says he’s hearing from many Māori businesses who are taking up the COVID-19 small business subsidy so they can look after their people. Tue, 07 Jul 2020 08:15 Tourism sector snapshot as shutters put up The COVID-19 slowdown could be putting more than 11,000 jobs at risk in the Māori tourism sector - but the innovative nature of the businesses could help them survive. Tue, 30 Jun 2020 08:24 Every dollar counts as foodbank seeks permanent home An organisation devoted to helping the low income and homeless of south Auckland is trying to buy a home of its own. Wed, 24 Jun 2020 08:33 Maori health authority a toothless tiger Te Rōpū Whakakaupapa Urutā, the group of Māori health professions that came together around the COVID crisis, has given the thumbs down to a proposed Māori health authority. Tue, 23 Jun 2020 09:39 Check in places as Rotorua receive COVID returnees Waiariki MP Tamati Coffey says quarantining returning New Zealanders at Rotorua’s hotels is just an extension of the manaakitanga the region is known for. Tue, 23 Jun 2020 09:39 COVID response shapes Maori Party campaign Māori Party co-leader Debbie Ngarewa-Packer says it’s essential Māori are not worse off after COVID-19 than they were before. Mon, 22 Jun 2020 08:21 Farm life beckons for tourism workers The Ahuwhenua Trust which owns Rotorua tourist attraction Tamaki Māori Village has signed an agreement with Bay of Plenty Polytechnic Toi Ohomai to retrain staff. Mon, 22 Jun 2020 08:12 Level 1 chance to review COVID response The country is waking up to Alert Level 1, with no active COVID-19 cases and all restrictions on workplaces and public gatherings lifted. Tue, 09 Jun 2020 08:24 Polytech cuts threat to pandemic recovery The Tertiary Education Union says NorthTec is cutting the courses and staff needed to help Northland recover from COVID-19. Fri, 29 May 2020 09:06 Hygiene packs delivered to kohanga reo As kōhanga reo and early childhood centres reopen, Ngātiwai Trust Board and Te Manawaroa o Ngāti Hine are delivering kete koha to the centres in Whangarei and the mid-north. Thu, 28 May 2020 08:42 Road upgraded under cover of COVID crisis Northland iwi Patuharakeke is concerned the owners of a 4 kilometre strip alongside Whangarei Harbour may have breached COVID-19 lockdown rules to improve access to the property. Wed, 27 May 2020 08:33 Level 2 restrictions to ease at week end You can have a hui for a hundred from Friday - but make sure you take everyone’s name. Tue, 26 May 2020 08:12 Maori tradies urged to seek PGF work Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones is keen to see Māori and Pacific tradespeople pick up more of the work generated by the Provincial Growth Fund. Tue, 26 May 2020 08:06 Ngati Hine offers hui planning kit for pandemic Guidelines have been prepared to help marae in Ngati Hine manage tangihanga and other hui at COVID-19 Level 2. Mon, 25 May 2020 09:21 Another COVID case in rest home cluster The Ministry of Health today reported on further case of COVID-19. Fri, 22 May 2020 15:48 Ministry of Health: 1 new confirmed case of COVID-19 Media Release: 1 new confirmed case of COVID-19 Fri, 22 May 2020 13:33 COVID Tracer app falls short for Maori A Māori data expert is expecting low Māori take-up of a government app to track potential exposure to COVID-19. Fri, 22 May 2020 07:24 Ministry of Health: No new cases of COVID-19 Media Release: No new cases of COVID-19 Thu, 21 May 2020 15:18 No let up in COVID testing A member of the Māori pandemic response group Te Rōpū Whakakaupapa Urutā says the high level of COVID-19 testing still going on is giving much-needed reassurance. Wed, 20 May 2020 16:51 More money for marae internet access An extra $1.4 million has been added to the Marae Connectivity Programme to allow it to help urban marae boost their internet access. Wed, 20 May 2020 16:51 Te Puia looks to early reopening Te Puia New Zealand Institute of Māori Arts and Crafts hopes to reopen as early as July thanks to a $7.6 million government infusion. Wed, 20 May 2020 12:36 Job boost plan targeting city kids Employment Minister Willie Jackson is pushing back on National’s latest talking point that the Budget shows the Government doesn’t have a plan. Wed, 20 May 2020 12:36 Migrant workers under pressure as economy resets New Zealand First is keen to end the country’s reliance on migrant workers. Wed, 20 May 2020 09:06 Cold homes raise COVID concerns More than one-third of Māori and Pacific people were living in damp homes at the time of the 2018 Census. Wed, 20 May 2020 09:03 Maori wardens better option for COVID response A leading Māori lawyer says the Government could have saved itself a fight if it had remembered the Māori wardens. Wed, 20 May 2020 08:57 Cruise ship cases boost COVID tally past 1500 There were no new cases of COVID-19 reported today, but New Zealand’s total has gone up by four. Tue, 19 May 2020 16:36 Waitangi subsidy after tourists turned away Four weeks ago Ngati Hine leader Pita Tipene was on a COVID-19 checkpoint stopping tourists coming through to Te Tai Tokerau. Tue, 19 May 2020 16:33 Ministry of Health: No new cases of COVID-19 Media Release: No new cases of COVID-19 Tue, 19 May 2020 14:21 Wakatu Harvest shows Maori land potential The chair of one of the largest Māori food businesses says their experience through the COVID-19 crisis shows the potential of Māori landowners to contribute to job creation and economic recovery. Tue, 19 May 2020 13:27 Local job initiatives supported Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Employment Minister Willie Jackson have announced almost $15 million to support skills training and education that can help regional recovery from COVID-19. Tue, 19 May 2020 13:12 Joy as kids back in school Thousands of children are back in school this week, and the principal of a Northland school says it was a joyous return. Tue, 19 May 2020 08:27 Boost for Maori arts as PM visits tourism hub Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta says the continuation of Te Puia New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute is vital both culturally and economically. Tue, 19 May 2020 08:24 Fair access to vaccines on WHO wish list There were no new cases of COVID-19 to report in New Zealand today. Mon, 18 May 2020 15:24 No magic wand in tourism planning Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis says he can’t magic the opening of the borders, and businesses need to make decisions based on a realistic understanding of the likely situation post COVID-19. Mon, 18 May 2020 15:24 Ministry of Health: No new cases of COVID-19 Media Release: No new cases of COVID-19 Mon, 18 May 2020 14:42 Maori Party fear COVID excuse to dump Maori workers Māori Party co-leader John Tamihere is bracing for a big increase in Māori unemployment - and he’s unsure how Budget 2020 can help. Mon, 18 May 2020 14:39 Testing backlog chance to move Maori health forward As the country moves more freely in Alert Level 2, Māori medical professionals are turning their focus to some long term health challenges. Mon, 18 May 2020 14:06 Scope to expand Budget Maori spend The New Zealand Māori Council is encouraging iwi and Māori organisations to look beyond the $900 million headlines Māori spend in the Budget as they put their plans together for recovery from COVID-19. Mon, 18 May 2020 08:15 Ministry of Health: 1 new case of COVID-19 Media Release: 1 new case of COVID-19 Fri, 15 May 2020 14:00 Whanau Ora critics on wrong song sheet Whānau Ora Minister Peeni Henare has assured the commissioning agencies the $136 million tagged for the programme in Budget 2020 will be spent through them. Fri, 15 May 2020 13:30 Maori trade training roars back The Prime Minister says being able to bring back Māori trades training was one of the highlights of Budget 2020. Fri, 15 May 2020 13:30 Little moves to fix Family Court National’s botched overhaul of the Family Court is to be fixed thanks to a $62 million investment from the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund. Fri, 15 May 2020 13:27 Budget boost helps Maori Television digital strategy Māori Television has received a $3.5 million boost from Budget 2020 for news and current affairs. Fri, 15 May 2020 13:27 Maori Tourism looks to survival New Zealand Māori Tourism says the road ahead will be long, but support for the sector in Budget 2020 will go a long way to help operators to keep their doors open. Fri, 15 May 2020 08:03 Maori job scheme set to expand Employment Minister Willie Jackson says Budget 2020 has been a chance to supercharge some programmes that will make a long term difference to Māori job numbers. Fri, 15 May 2020 07:39 Targeted Maori putea in $50m COVID recovery fund The Government has earmarked $50 billion for a COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund to invest in the economy and jobs. Thu, 14 May 2020 15:48 Hot kai to mark lockdown end The country has moved to COVID-19 Alet Level 2 but the need is still out there. Thu, 14 May 2020 15:39 Ministry of Health: No new cases of COVID-19 Media Release: No new cases of COVID-19. Thu, 14 May 2020 13:15 Public heath law fails human rights test The Human Rights Commissioner says the rapid passing of the COVID-19 Public Health Response Act was a failure of the democratic process. Thu, 14 May 2020 12:48 Navigators look to COVID recovery role The head of South Island whānau ora commissioning agency Te Pūtahitanga hopes today’s Budget will acknowledge the impact providers have had during the lockdown and how they can help the recovery. Thu, 14 May 2020 12:45 Lack of trust in Maori relationship The Government is accused of not trusting Māori to look after themselves. Thu, 14 May 2020 12:06 Marae search powers recipe for chaos A member of the Police Commissioner’s Māori advisory committee says a proposed law giving the police the right to go onto the marae without a warrant to enforce COVID-19 restrictions was an overreach. Thu, 14 May 2020 08:54 Employment focus for today's Budget Employment Minister Willie Jackson says today’s budget should go a long way to cushion the blows of the COVID-19 crisis. Thu, 14 May 2020 08:42 Tangihanga edict crumbles under pressure Restrictions on tangihanga could be eased. Wed, 13 May 2020 15:33 Maori traders keen for COVID reset The chair of Māori trade group Te Taumata wants to see a change in the way business is done in the wake of COVID-19. Wed, 13 May 2020 15:30 Racing industry 30 to 1 bet Racing Minister Winston Peters says the $72 million emergency support package for the racing industry in tomorrow’s budget is a totally justifiable investment. Wed, 13 May 2020 15:27 Ministry of Health: No new cases of COVID-19 Media Release: No new cases of COVID-19. Wed, 13 May 2020 15:09 Marae raid threat sparks outrage A provision in the COIVD-19 Public Health Response Bill allowing for warrantless searches of marae is sparking widespread outrage. Wed, 13 May 2020 13:48 Missteps for Maori in COVID Response Bill A member of Māori pandemic response group Te Rōpū Whakakaupapa Urutā says the lack of Treaty of Waitangi reference in the COVID-19 Public Response Bill going through parliament under urgency today is a major misstep. Wed, 13 May 2020 13:45 Consultation ploy upended for Whanganui port Some tough talking has got a plan to overhaul Whanganui’s port back on track. Wed, 13 May 2020 09:12 Tangihanga tikanga can respond to crisis A far north iwi leader says tikanga is not fixed in stone, and tangihanga can change to keep people safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Wed, 13 May 2020 08:57