Tā te Māori whakautu, whakaoranga hoki

Te Puni Kōkiri is proud to support hapū, iwi, Māori providers and organisations, and to work across government to support a community-led response and recovery from COVID-19.

Read about the critical work Māori are doing on the ground to ensure their people remain healthy, strong and resilient.

  • Matakaoa ‘Immunity Community’ Wins New Zealand Community of the Year

    • Date: 12 April 2022

    The Matakaoa community from the top of Te Tai Rāwhiti have been named this year’s winner of Ngā Pou Whirinaki o te Tau – NZ Community of the Year award.

    The award recognises the excellence, innovation and aroha shown by whānau of Matakaoa in facing the dangers of COVID-19.

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  • Kura Kaupapa Māori keeping their West Auckland community safe

    • Date: 23 February 2022

    Kaimahi from Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Hoani Waititi Marae have been putting in the hard yards to protect their community against COVID-19.

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  • Extra government support for Māori and Pacific Omicron response

    • Date: 22 February 2022

    Extra support is being made available to Māori and Pacific communities as they continue to face the impact of the current Omicron outbreak.

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  • $15.7 million allocated in latest Māori Communities COVID-19 Fund tranche

    • Date: 11 February 2022

    A further 12 proposals totalling $15.7 million have been approved by Ministers through the Māori Communities COVID-19 Fund (MCCF) to build resilience and continue to support vaccination uptake.

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  • Preparing for Omicron in Te Tau Ihu (top of the South Island)

    • Date: 22 December 2021

    “When Omicron hits, we will need to be ready to support our whānau in the community,” says Dr Lorraine Eade, operations manager at Te Kotahi o Te Tauihu Charitable Trust which covers the Nelson, Marlborough, and Tasman region.

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  • Locals invited to Haumaru Hard Ōtara Celebration

    • Date: 15 December 2021

    A competition launched last month for Ōtara rangatahi is set to showcase the winning slogan, image and waiata this Saturday December 18 in a bid to celebrate local pride and engage taitamariki. The Haumaru Hard Ōtara competition asked for creative expressions of how tikanga Māori connects with vaccination.

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  • Vax Vegas – It's your choice, coz you're choice!

    • Date: 09 December 2021

    Rangatahi insights and knowledge have been key to the success of the Vax Vegas campaign.

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  • Out of kōrero comes understanding – the power of iwi radio

    • Date: 09 December 2021

    Māori Development Minister Willie Jackson recently described iwi radio kaimahi as the “unsung heroes” of the drive to promote good information about the COVID-19 vaccine.

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  • Getting the South Island vaccinated

    • Date: 03 December 2021

    Te Waipounamu kaimahi are working hard to help Māori get immunised.

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  • Ngāti Rangatahi Drive Thru Movie Max-Vax Event at Hopuhopu

    • Date: 26 November 2021

    That’s Us nicely sums up the success of the rangatahi-organised Drive Thru Movie Vax Event at Hopuhopu recently.

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  • Gang leaders urge whānau to get vaccinated

    • Date: 22 November 2021

    Motivated by protecting their whānau, gang leaders throughout Aotearoa are encouraging their members to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

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  • Doing the vaccine mahi in Murupara

    • Date: 18 November 2021

    Before September 9, residents of Murupara couldn’t get a COVID-19 vaccination in the local town. Whānau had to travel 45 minutes to an hour to neighbouring Rotorua, Whakatāne or Taupō.

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  • Waipareira the driving force behind vaccinating West Auckland

    • Date: 17 November 2021

    Waitemata DHB is just days away from reaching the milestone 90 per cent double dose vaccination target. Whānau Waipareira has been at the forefront of vaccinating whānau in West Auckland, and beyond.

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  • Cadetship: Working together to protect hapori

    • Date: 17 November 2021

    Trusted relationships and good local knowledge have enabled Te Puni Kōkiri regional staff to help increase Māori vaccination rates in their communities and efforts of Joeline Takai from Ikaroa Rāwhiti are a great example.

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  • Takitimu Māori Wardens out and about protecting whānau

    • Date: 17 November 2021

    Māori Wardens in Hawke's Bay are used to being out on the beat, looking after the safety of their communities – making them ideal ambassadors for a Covid-19 vaccination drive.

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  • Tō Uru Raumati, Have Yours?

    • Date: 10 November 2021

    More than 20 of our top performers have come together in empty venues across Aotearoa to deliver one message - Tō Uru Raumati (Your Summer Pass), Have Yours?

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  • Taitamariki event hopes to lift youth vaccination rates in Tāmaki Makaurau

    • Date: 26 October 2021

    A “for taitamariki by taitamariki” vaccination event is running tomorrow in a bid to curb vaccine hesitation amongst young people in South Auckland.

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  • Iwi driven Māori vaccination campaign reaches Te Tau Ihu whānau

    • Date: 19 October 2021

    Partnership and kōrero have been key to the success of Te Kotahi o Te Tauihu o Te Waka-a-Māui’s vaccination campaign for local Māori communities in Te Tau Ihu (top of the South Island).

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  • Local rangatahi are doing it “for the whānau”

    • Date: 04 October 2021

    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern praised local rangatahi for getting vaccinated and “looking after their whānau”, during her visit to a vaccine clinic at Wainuiomata marae today (Oct 1).

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  • The marae responding to food insecurity in Tāmaki Makaurau

    • Date: 23 September 2021

    Papatūānuku Kōkiri Marae, located in Māngere, has been on the frontline of food insecurity in south Auckland for almost 30 years.

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  • Local faces in local places support Māori vaccine campaigns

    • Date: 21 September 2021

    Thanks to a generous koha from Māori-owned company Go Media, Karawhiua has created a beautiful gallery of digital billboards which encourage whānau and Māori communities around the country to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

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  • COVID-19: Taking the vax to the people in Hauraki

    • Date: 21 September 2021

    When the Delta outbreak hit Aotearoa, Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki knew the way to get their whānau and iwi tested and vaccinated was to take the clinics to them.

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  • Getting vaccinated with a mate on campus at the University of Waikato

    • Date: 21 September 2021

    Rangatahi took advantage of a vaccination event at the University of Waikato last week and were encouraged to bring their mates along.

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  • Whānau resilience to COVID-19 increased in Kaiaua

    • Date: 21 September 2021

    When the second Aotearoa-wide lockdown was announced, the Wharekawa Marae Reservation Trust in Whakatiwai, Kaiaua (near the Coromandel) was able to better respond swiftly to the needs of their whānau and community.

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  • Waka Kōkiri mobilised in Te Arawa vaccination effort

    • Date: 15 September 2021

    A drive-through vaccination clinic established in Rotorua is set to be a permanent fixture until December, with the iwi determined to get whānau protected against COVID-19.

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