May 7, 2021

Maori News & Indigenous Views

Te Arawa whanui rally in support of quake victims #eqnz

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Maori communities within the Te Arawa rohe are rallying to support whanau devastated by the recent Christchurch earthquake. What we have seen is highly coordinated groups doing what they can to help.

About 15 primary health care nurses arrived from the Rotorua on Friday 25th and arrived at Rehua Marae.

Following the pohiri the team was met by Red Cross, Police and the Fire Service and taken to other Marae and temporary shelters to administer much needed medical assistance and provide food and water to those that have been displaced by the earthquake. The roopu was soon out in the community checking on families, in particular children and kaumatua, to ensure their health needs were being met.

The team is re-assembling at the end of each day at Rehua Marae for a de-brief and to receive further instructions regarding daily work plans.

  • Anthony Panapa
  • David Hohepa
  • Eugene Uluave
  • Russell Harrison
  • Motuhake Simon
  • Josh Te kowhai
  • Ngaroma Grant
  • Jean Batt
  • Josephine Marino
  • Trina Richards
  • Moana Walker
  • Debbie Potaka
  • Tawhia Koria

Our most vulnerable families are being directed to Rehua Marae to be assisted with filling out Red Cross documentation before being confirmed on flights out to Rotorua.

A second team was flown down on Sunday (27 Feb) and has been deployed to Rakapi Marae and the local community, a large batch of medical supplies are also being sent down with the team. talked to CEO, Roku Mihinui, of Te Arawa Lakes Trust who said at the moment there is a real need for skilled people such as carpenters, plumbers and other builders to assist with the current infrastructure issues as well as whanau who have experience cooking for large numbers of people. Contact us if you can help (07 348 3670)

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