What Iwi Said Would Happen, Has Now Happened

Nov. 3, 2021, 2:01 p.m.

Iwi leaders of Te Kahu o Taonui had recently asked for Te Tai Tokerau to be moved to Alert Level 3 when positive cases were confirmed in Mangamuka. Despite the request of the iwi leaders, the Government maintained their position believing that there was no need for Te Tai Tokerau to make this shift. Rukuwai Tīpene-Allen says as a precautionary measure, many iwi and hapū took the initiative to move their own communities to Alert Level 3, instead of waiting for a Government response or further community transmission.

Rukuwai also emphasises that iwi know their people best and what iwi said would happen has now happened.

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