max
°
min
°
Location:
COLOR-Waatea logo 2016-final

On Air Now
Radio Waatea

03:00pm - 06:00pm
Ed Sheeran

Overcrowding putting whanau at risk

Share to Email
Share to RSS
Share to Print

More Stories

Auckland Action on Poverty is concerned many low income and homeless whānau won’t be able to properly observe the four-week lockdown.

Coordinator Ricardo Menendez March says rough sleepers, people in motels and people in overcrowded homes find it harder to self-isolate and already face a higher risk of getting and transmitting any virus.

He says experience from Italy shows intergenerational households are at greater risk.

In the New Zealand context means many Māori and migrant whānau, especially in places like South Auckland.

"Those Māori and Pasifika family members are the ones providing essential services like working in supermarkets or in health jobs, those are the people that are still out there and being exposed and often those jobs are low paid so my fear is if we do have a community outbreak and we have families living in overcrowded homes, it is those vulnerable and older members of the family that are going to be put at risk," he says.

 

Mr Menendez-March says some of the huge amount of money going into the COVID-19 response needs to be directed towards rebuilding stocks of public housing so that housing isn’t such a huge factor in any future crisis.

Copyright © 2020, UMA Broadcasting Ltd: www.waateanews.com

Korihi Dates

TRM Website Banner

flu cmdhb apr 2020
NLC - One More Try - (feat Stanley T) [Official Video]
Why is Oranga Tamariki so bad and why is the Government so hellbent on defending it?
Martyn 'Bomber' Bradbury: Last week, Newsroom published a devastating critique of Oranga Tamariki management and work culture.
The most Progressive Government would be a Labour-Green-Maori Party Government
Martyn 'Bomber' Bradbury: Progressive voters who want to see transformational policy have one fear this election, that Winston Peter's crosses the 5% threshold and Labour needs him to form a Government alongside the Greens.
Is it time to dump Police 10-7?
Martyn 'Bomber' Bradbury: When challenged over TVNZ's lack of diversity in 2007, then chief executive Rick Ellis told a select committee that TVNZ had Police 10-7 which offered a Māori presence that met charter requirements.
0
TMP2
           

Submit

Glossary

 

Subscribe

Enter your email address to receive regular updates from Waatea News.
  • fb

On Air Now
Radio Waatea

03:00pm - 06:00pm