May 13, 2021

Maori News & Indigenous Views

TPK’s most recent update | Christchurch quake @eqnz

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Update from Otautahi

Te Puni Kokiri are working hard with Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu to cement their plan of action. Cannot stress enough how important it is for the Maori effort to be co-ordinated and to link in with the overall Emergency Response. We have to ensure we are a part of the BIG effort and not one of many “little” efforts. The government has a long-term responsibility and the Maori effort needs to be in sync with it.

To assist with co-ordinating the NGO effort, the Ministry of Health will have in place tomorrow a dedicated contact for the Maori NGO effort based in Chch.

TPK staff are assisting the student volunteer army with its efforts to do face to face engagement with residents in Christchurch East and provide fliers with essential information to those not yet visited by Operation Suburb.

TPK staff have supported visits to Otautahi by Hon Georgina te Heuheu in her capacity as Minister of Pacific Island Affairs and Hon Hekia Parata in her capacity as Minister or Women’s Affairs.

20 Maori Wardens are linked with NZ Police and assisting with patrolling during the day and evening in identified hotspots in Christchurch East.

Update on National Effort

Co-ordination continues to work well for Upper South Island marae and for Wellington marae. No significant increase in demand outside of Christchurch, marae contacted yesterday reporting small numbers actually staying at the marae. Evacuees mostly in transit and calling in at marae for showers, food, clothing, toiletries etc. Marae are also being used as a base to register and assess evacuee needs.

Evacuees also being increasingly placed with families in the community.

A Help for Housing New Zealand Tenants factsheet was released yesterday, please see copy attached and be sure to relay this information to relevant friends and whanau who may still be with access to phones etc.

Whilst there have been thousands of offers of accommodation (short and medium term) from throughout the country and fewer than 400 requests for accommodation have been received thus far there have been few “matches”. With the number of house inspections now numbering around 9,000 a day it is expected that accommodation requests will rise sharply in the coming days.

Update from Wellington

As a follow up to the governments Earthquake Employment Support Package announced yesterday, it can be confirmed that NGO’s are eligible for the Workforce Payments. See the link below for more information on yesterday’s announcements.

$3.5million has been made available for trauma counseling.

Update from Auckland

At the Tamaki WAG meeting it was reported that 10,500 evacuees have arrived in Auckland since Monday many via Whenuapai airbase. Local kura are opening their doors to new students.

Update from Penrhyn, Cook Islands

The Cook Islands Government requested that the country observe 2 minutes silence and pray for the people of Christchurch at 1:51pm today. Below is a photo of the entire Omoka School in Penrhyn.

Useful numbers and websites

  • Government earthquake helpline: 0800 779 997
  • M?ori/Pacifica/ethnic communities helpline: 0800 KAI TAHU (0800 524 824)
  • Additional ethnic communities helpline: 3555615 ext: 721 (9am-7pm)
  • Missing people inquiries: 0800 733 276 or 0800 RED CROSS
  • Healthline: 0800 611 116
  • EQC claim line: 0800 DAMAGE (326243)
  • Housing Help 0800 HELP 00 (0800 435 700)
  • (for key information, council and Civil Defence updates)
  • (for key information and status updates)
  • (Chch recovery may where the community can report local information, e.g hazards, infrastructure)
  • (Google crisis response, includes person finder and map)
  • (for info on the Student Volunteer Army, and how to become a SVA volunteer)

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