Whānau and community responses

Te Puni Kōkiri is proud to support hapū, iwi, marae, Māori providers and organisations as they work closely with whānau and communities to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Te Puni Kōkiri is providing targeted and strategic support to vulnerable whānau and hard-to-reach communities through a $10-million Whānau Māori Community and Marae Response Fund.

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

  • Online Māori mall for Te Tai Hauāuru goes live

    • Date: 27 May 2020

    Hokohoko, a new online Māori mall has been launched to provide hundreds of Māori businesses across Te Tai Hauāuru the opportunity to sell their products and services on the one-stop-shop website. 

     

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  • Rangatahi helps kaumātua bridge digital divide

    • Date: 25 May 2020

    On the northern side of the Otago Peninsula, near Ōtākou Marae lives Tia Taiaroa, a recent university graduate who has been supporting kaumātua to take their first steps into the digital world during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  • Delivering for whānau Māori despite dialysis

    • Date: 22 May 2020

    Helping your people through an emergency takes a combined effort, especially as you come out of the immediate response and into the long-haul of recovery.

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  • Taiohi realities in Te Tai Tokerau during COVID-19

    • Date: 21 May 2020

    While some taiohi Māori in Te Tai Tokerau embraced the COVID-19 lockdown as a time to just breath and take a break from the ‘rat race’, many other taiohi were in struggle mode.

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  • Mā tōu rou, mā taku rourou ka ora te iwi

    • Date: 21 May 2020

    With your food basket and my food basket the people will thrive.

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  • Kua hora te wairua mākohakoha ki Papakura

    • Date: 21 May 2020

    A spirit of generosity spreads across Papakura.

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  • Ngāti Kahungunu builds on initial response to COVID-19

    • Date: 21 May 2020

    The coronavirus which is causing havoc around the world has brought out some amazing examples of co-operation, not least of all here in Ikaroa-Rāwhiti.

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  • Living in Papakāinga benefits whānau during COVID-19

    • Date: 12 May 2020

    After the experience of the last few months, Hinewai Ormsby is more convinced than ever of the holistic benefits to Māori of living on their whenua and being closely connected to whānau

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  • Being whānau in a changing world

    • Date: 08 May 2020

    When the Turner whānau (Waikato, Ngāti Aamaru) moved into their papakāinga in 2017 they didn’t imagine it would become their sanctuary and lifeline during a pandemic.

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  • Continued vigilance to keep kaumātua safe as alert levels drop

    • Date: 07 May 2020

    Hamilton’s Rauawawa Kaumātua Charitable Trust (Rauawaawa) will continue their new ‘Covid world’ way of supporting kaumatua until Alert Level 1 because of how vulnerable elderly are to the virus and some are anxious about leaving their bubble too early.

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  • Moving forward together

    • Date: 30 April 2020

    Te Kahu o Taonui, Te Tai Tokerau Iwi Collective, has played a vital role in supporting local whānau and communities during the COVID-19 crisis. Its ongoing influence will be critical as Northland enters the recovery phase.

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  • Whānau and rangatahi in Ōtautahi show their strength

    • Date: 30 April 2020

    From helping a whānau to plan their mother’s tangi, to advocating for a solo Dad raising his teens, Te Ora Hou kaimahi are doing whatever it takes to make sure rangatahi and their whānau emerge from the COVID-19 crisis safe, well and supported.

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  • Piritahi Tātou – coming together for Waiheke Island whānau

    • Date: 30 April 2020

    When ten Waiheke Island residents suddenly found themselves homeless as Level 4 lockdown closed in, marae-based Piritahi Hau Ora was immediately by their sides.

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  • Lifting the morale of Waikato rangatahi Māori in uncertain times

    • Date: 30 April 2020

    Waikato rangatahi group Koroī wanted to support other young Māori through the isolation of COVID-19 so they put some of their own humble budget towards local initiatives.

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  • Lifeline provided to homeless and struggling whānau in lockdown

    • Date: 24 April 2020

    Homelessness, affording newborn baby supplies or struggling to pay for power are some of the issues keeping Ngāti Kahungunu Whānau Services flat out supporting Wellington’s most vulnerable during COVID-19.

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  • Time, team and tenderness in Tāmaki Makaurau

    • Date: 16 April 2020

    As Aotearoa ground to a halt in week one of lockdown, three Ngāpuhi women in Auckland were firing on all cylinders – co-ordinating kai packs, training volunteers, massaging networks and making phone call after phone call.

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  • The power of orange

    • Date: 16 April 2020

    You get the impression that Sheridan Waitai would do whatever it takes to protect her Muriwhenua Tika whānau from getting infected with Covid-19.

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  • Overcoming COVID-19 barriers to get food to Mōtītī Island hapū

    • Date: 16 April 2020

    When New Zealand went into COVID-19 shutdown the people living on Mōtītī Island, 10km’s off the Tauranga coast, were cut off from food and generator fuel supply.

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  • Reaching whānau on air and on the ground during the pandemic

    • Date: 16 April 2020

    Atiawa Toa FM staff never doubted their radio station should stay on-air to support their communities through COVID-19 when the nation went into lockdown.

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  • Supporting the stay at home kaupapa: kaitiaki for te pakeke

    • Date: 16 April 2020

    Working with iwi and Turanga Health, Pania King, Principal Advisor Whenua Māori, was on the road last week delivering kai and hygiene packs to more than 75 kaumatua and whānau in need of assistance in the Motu-Matawai rohe in Gisborne.

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  • Koha Kai Community Meals - Murihiku

    • Date: 16 April 2020

    “When this all started we were just excited to be doing something ‘cool’ and positive to help” says Founder of Koha Kai, Janice Lee, “but as the week went on, the work and the people, brought a sobering realisation.

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  • The beating heart of Te Arawa shows a model of collaboration

    • Date: 09 April 2020

    “Whānau aroha” has been the driver behind Te Arawa Covid-19 response hub according to head of Planning and Operations, Karen Vercoe. 

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