Prepare For The Summer From Hell

Nov. 18, 2021, 1:24 p.m.

The decision to allow Covid to travel out of Auckland from the 15 Dec will have devastating consequences for the people of Te Tai Tokerau.

Te Tai Tokerau Māori live in some of the most under-invested and deprived communities in NZ. Housing standards are poor and state housing waiting lists are long.

Poverty & unemployment, drug & alcohol abuse and violence & suicide were already at excessively high levels before Covid. Today, those indicators are even higher as whānau struggle with the frustration of even greater levels of hardship.

A lack of access to resources, and an inequitable health system mean Māori suffer disproportionately from weakened immune systems, liver disease, cancer, kidney disease, heart disease and diabetes – the medical conditions that are natural breeding grounds for Covid-19 and its descendant, Delta.

Covid cases are climbing daily, and the Government’s refusal to allow Māori health providers access to critical medical data, means whānau, hapū and iwi are facing a summer from hell as frustrated Aucklanders come rollicking through Tai Tokerau.

Government’s offer of ‘spot checks’ by the police is an offer not worth considering. Spot checks have been a failure in the past and they will be a failure here as well.

Tai Tokerau Border Control will be working with local authorities, health authorities, police and most importantly iwi, to try to limit the damage that open roads will mean to communities who are totally unprepared for the flood of visitors being released into the North.

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