Te Rarawa maintains bubble while continuing to roll out care and support

As the NZ Government moves the ‘Team of Five Million’ from Alert Level 4, Te Rarawa encourages iwi to keep up with tight prevention measures for at least the foreseeable future, and to fully embrace and sustain our bubbles.  

Te Rarawa Chairman, Haami Piripi said it’s not yet time to take our foot off the pedal. 

“We’ve come a long way in establishing the ‘new norm’ and setting up infrastructure in response to Covid-19. We can’t afford to take any step backward. Let’s keep doing what we’re doing until we’ve eliminated the threat,” he said.

The iwi wish to keep with stringent border control and continue managing people entering the area with testing, tracking and self-isolation. 

“Even though restrictions may ease, we need to embrace staying home, physical distancing and hygiene precautions as our new normal. Love your bubble,” Haami said.

Te Rarawa has appointed new CEO Phillip Murray amid the crisis. Working remotely from his Wellington bubble Phillip is positive and excited about the future for his people.

Te Rarawa is well underway delivering care and support to whānau and community.

Hundreds of kgs of fruit and vegetables from our own Bell’s Produce, meat from Te Rarawa farms, fish, bulk dry goods and staples, kai support vouchers and hygiene packs have gone out to whānau and marae, with more on the way each week.

With Northland grappling drought at the time lockdown began, staff resources were quickly deployed to survey communities and identify whānau needing help. The iwi first focused on making urgent water deliveries to whānau whose tanks were completely or almost empty, plus coordinating water fills with Civil Defence. 

“I am so proud of all our kaimahi at the frontline, stepping out of their bubbles to support our whānau, hapū and iwi. These kaimahi are going above and beyond providing essential services to our communities, kaumātua and whānau with water, care and kai packages,” Phillip said.

Te Rarawa conducted hundreds of community surveys around, and outside the rohe to assess need and deliver support to whānau in the first few weeks of the nationwide lockdown. 

“Although we’re moving from Level 4, we encourage whānau to continue to stay safe and maintain all the same practices. The first thing we need to make sure of in this changing world, is that our whānau are safe and well,” he said. 

Te Rarawa will continue to operate as if Level 4 restrictions are still in place, while continuing to provide essential services and ongoing access to social services, food support, marae distributions and Whānau Ora hygiene packs as part of the care and support package.

Te Rarawa works strategically and collectively to protect our people. We’re  tightly integrated with other iwi in the North through Te Kahu o Taonui collective and nationally with NICF (National Iwi Chairs Forum) . We also participate in the Māori Health Provider Network regionally and the 'Collab' partnership in Te Hiku o Te Ika.