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Iwi urging Maori to get vaccinated

Rūnanga chairperson Linda Steel. Supplied photos.

A declaration from representatives of 17 iwi in the Bay of Plenty is being broadcast to Māori throughout the rohe today, urging them to get vaccinated and protect each other in the face of Covid-19.

Te Rūnanga Hauora Māori o te Moana a Toi, the Māori Health Rūnanga who partner with the Board of the Bay of Plenty DHB, has today released a stirring appeal to all descendants of Toi.

Rūnanga chairperson Linda Steel and deputy chairperson Kipouaka Pukekura, hope Tikanga Hou will provide a powerful call to action for whānau yet to receive their first shot and those who need to get their second dose to be fully protected.

“As proud descendants of Toi, we know our people will do everything they can to protect their whakapapa.

“The mahi that has already gone into our vaccination drive is starting to show results, but we need everyone to get on board this kaupapa, to protect each other and protect the legacy of Toi.”

Toi was an ancient explorer, a pioneering ocean voyager who was one of the first to land at Whakatāne and establish a settlement there.

“We need all our whānau to be rowing this waka together. Now is the time to heed the karanga and come together to protect and nurture each other,” Ms Steel says.

Vaccination rates for Māori in the Bay of Plenty sit at 62 percent who have had their first dose, and 41 percent who have their second.

“As we know, we’re being asked to reach a 90 percent vaccination rate in the Bay of Plenty to provide the very best protection for all our whānau,” says Ms Steel.

“We want Te Tini o Toi (the many descendants of Toi) to be safe this summer and that means having important kōrero with all whānau to make sure no-one gets left behind.”

Deputy chairperson Kipouaka Pukekura.

The full text of Tikanga Hou is as follows:

Te Rūnanga Hauora Māori o Te Moana a Toi

The Bay of Plenty DHB Māori Health Rūnanga

Tihei Mauri Ora ki te whei ao, ki te ao marama.

We acknowledge the Creator of all things.

Karanga mai

Karanga mai

Karanga mai ki te mano ki te tini o Toi Mai I Ngā Kuri a Whārei ki Tihirau kia tautoko tēnei kaupapa whakahirahira, e kii anei, te VACCINATION.

The Māori Health Rūnanga is made up of the 17 Iwi throughout the Bay of Plenty who are calling upon you, all the descendants of Toi, of Mataatua waka, Takitimu waka, Tainui waka, Te Arawa waka, who have not been vaccinated, to PLEASE go and get VACCINATED.  

“In the now is all time”

This means that what we do today matters for our tomorrow. We must work together to ensure we leave flourishing legacies for our future generations.

I am a descendant of Toi

I have a vision – When my whanau flourish, I thrive

The only way we can do that is to:

  •   •  protect ourselves

  •   •  protect our whānau

  •   •  protect our whakapapa

  •   •  protect our history

  •   •  protect our upcoming generations

  • protect the multitudes of Toi

Te waka o Toi – we all row our canoe for change because:

The only way to protect our whakapapa from COVID is to CHANGE OUR MINDSET AND VACCINATE

E te Iwi, heed the karanga and do it for yourself and your whānau

Whāngaia ka tupu, ka puāwai.

That which is nurtured, blossoms and grows.

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Shadow1

Posted on 30-10-2021 12:20 | By

It’s about time this happened, vaccination can only have good results for Maori.

Forget It

Posted on 29-10-2021 21:52 | By

Forget all your myths, legends and excuses - just go and get your jab.