March 23, 2020, 11:23 a.m.
Last week, many marae in Te Hiku closed their doors to bookings and hui as the Covid-19 pandemic worsened in Aotearoa. These moves were ahead of the governments alert level plans as haukāinga recognised their communities are vulnerable.
“Our kuia and kaumātua are most at risk when you consider our health statistics as Māori, and we want to protect our haukāinga for as long as possible,” says Peter-Lucas Jones of Maihimaru Marae.
" We’re making an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19.