30 Jul 2021

E nga maunga whakahi, e nga awa tapu, e nga marae maha puta noa te rohe mai i Potikirua ki te Toka a-Taiau, tena kotou katoa. E nga mate huhua o te wa kaenga, haere atu ra kotou ki te kaenga tuturu mo tatau te tangata, moe mai ra i roto i nga ringa o te Ariki. Ratau te hunga mate kia ratau, ki a tatau nga waihotanga iho a ratau ma, tena tatau katoa.

It’s been three months since I returned home to work for the iwi, and I am still focused on checking in with our rangatira, pakeke and whanau about the mahi that needs to be done.  Good health, warm and safe housing, education, justice, strengthening our reo and culture, and providing access to better opportunities, are among the priority kaupapa for Ngati Porou. My job is to keep progressing the work TRONPnui has already been developing in these areas.

Housing is one of the main issues for our people, and as an organisation we are gearing up to provide a way to enable whanau into their own turnkey homes. We are focused on addressing the barriers whanau face such as the ability to borrow, access to land and funding and complicated processes and red tape. As part of that support, we also need to think creatively and “outside the box”.

Doing things differently is how Ngati Porou Hauora have approached the roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccines.  They have been shifting the dial on health barriers by supporting our people to receive their shots in their own rural communities and marae. This has meant Coasties have had the opportunity to be vaccinated ahead of the scheduled Ministry of Health programme. Later this month, NPH will holding a “pop up” vaccination centre at our Kaiti based TRONPnui office, Te Tini o Porou, where you do not need an appointment. I encourage all whanau to come and get your Pfizer vaccinations. If you are still on the fence come down and see the health professionals for some advice.

Finally, I want to acknowledge the manaakitanga expressed to me from the board, my staff and our communities. Also don’t forget if you have a kaupapa you need to talk to me about, you can stop me in the street, come in for a kapu-ti or even better send me an email George.reedy@tronp.org.nz