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Wharekawa Marae led COVID 19 Response

Wharekawa Marae led COVID 19 Response:

The Wharekawa Marae Trust along with the Wharekawa Marae Komiti have activated a marae led COVID19 response which was quickly initiated before Alert level 4 directed by central government at midnight 26th March 2020.

Wharekawa marae were very clear from the outset that our whanau living along the coast of Wharekawa being rurally isolated and in particular our most vulnerable whanau needed immediate response, and that to make that happen we needed to act swiftly and work with agency and our Māori service providers within the Hauraki rohe to share the mahi.

The marae also identified the need to connect with Makomako marae to ensure a co-ordinated approach amongst our whanau whanui o Ngāti Paoa me Ngāti Whanaunga.

Whanau leads were identified living along the coast that enhanced the strategy of a co-ordinated approach and the sharing of mahi to avoid any burn out, ensuring health and well being was at the forefront for all.

Wharekawa Marae would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the collaborative efforts across Hauraki and in particular with the Hauraki District Council, Thames Coromandel District Council, Hauraki Māori Trust Board, Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki and Civil Defence.

Gratitude and acknowledgement goes out to our whanau leads and whanau kaimahi who made themselves available during this COVID19 Alert Level  4 lockdown to support the needs of our whanau along the coast from Ngātea to Waimango. Fresh Fruit and vegetables, food parcels, hygiene packs, care packs and drinking bottled water were made available for our whanau over the last 4 week period. A whanau member said “Its times like this when help is so much appreciated it makes me feel at ease” and  “We are all so grateful for your support and aroha”

Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou katoa.

The marae facilitated with Te Korowai Hauora a Hauraki Mobile Flu vaccinations clinic that was made available 27th March 2020 in the carpark of Wharekawa Marae that had 47 whanau members attend and receive flu vaccinations. We would like to thank on behalf of the whanau Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki for this much needed service.

Whanau have taken this opportunity to forage, prepare and cook kai.