Māori Communities COVID-19 Fund

Fund Closing on 30 June

 13 June 2022

The $130 million Māori Communities COVID-19 Fund is now fully committed among 165 kaitono to help close vaccination inequities and build resilience across vulnerable communities.

The fund is not considering any further proposals.

Kaitono will spend the next few weeks completing the delivery of rapid vaccination uplift, and building community resilience for whānau, iwi and Māori communities.

Fund managers Te Puni Kōkiri and Te Arawhiti are also reviewing the benefits the funding has enabled and identify any lessons learned for the future.

The MCCF was established in October 2021 to rapidly mobilise and provide urgent funding for a defined period (30 June 2022) to achieve higher levels of vaccination and resilience against COVID-19 among Māori.

The Fund continues to work closely with the Ministries of Social Development and Health whose welfare and health responses under the COVID Protection Framework run up to December 2022 and beyond. 

The current phase of funding complements the Care in Community (CiC) such as helping access to CiC supports, and supporting self-isolation needs.

Funding excluded activities already supported by other government agencies, including as part of the immediate response and recovery to COVID-19, and the existing operations of an iwi or organisation, including staff costs.

Since the original fund was established, the Māori first dose vaccination rate has increased from 69% to 91% and the second dose rate from 49% to 88%. Read the original MCCF announcement here.

Te Puni Kōkiri is administering the fund alongside Te Arawhiti. The Ministries of Health and Social Development lead the co-ordination of the health and welfare responses. All four agencies work closely together to make sure hapori Māori receive the support they need.

Māori Communities COVID-19 Fund contracts

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Weekly reports to Minister

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The work of kaitono

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Questions and answers

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Māori vaccination rates

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COVID-19 Care in the Community health and welfare

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Proactive release of reports to Ministers

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