Impact of COVID-19 on Māori in Tāmaki Makaurau of concern to Board

20 March 2020

The potentially severe impact the Covid 19 virus may have on Māori in Tāmaki Makaurau is of great concern to the Board. We are working closely with Auckland Council to ensure Council is doing all that it must to protect not only Māori directly employed by Council and Council-owned organisations, but all Māori living and working in the region. To this end, and for as long as the situation demands, the Board will continue to monitor Council performance regarding the provision of vital services that Māori in Auckland rely on, including those associated with health, housing, transport and marae-related activities. 

The susceptibility of Māori to Coronavirus disease is well-understood by Māori health advocates who are presently coordinating a response, as we understand. The Board will ensure Auckland Council has this top of mind in any actions it takes in measures toward lessening the spread of the disease in the Auckland region.  We will work with Auckland Council and all relevant authorities to keep our people safe, well and informed as we all battle to eliminate and check the spread of the virus. Kia kaha koutou.

David Taipari
Independent Māori Statutory Board