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Tikanga Hou – Descendants of Toi Urged to Vaccinate

Te Rūnanga Hauora Māori o te Moana a Toi, the Māori Health Rūnanga who partner with the Board of the Bay of Plenty DHB, has today released a stirring appeal to all descendants of Toi.

Rūnanga Chairperson, Linda Steel and Deputy Chairperson Kipouaka Pukekura, hope Tikanga Hou will provide a powerful call to action for whānau yet to receive their first shot and those who need to get their second dose to be fully protected.

“As proud descendants of Toi, we know our people will do everything they can to protect their whakapapa.

“The mahi that has already gone into our vaccination drive is starting to show results, but we need everyone to get on board this kaupapa, to protect each other and protect the legacy of Toi.

”Toi was an ancient explorer, a pioneering ocean voyager who was one of the first to land at Whakatāne and establish a settlement there.

“We need all our whānau to be rowing this waka together. Now is the time to heed the karanga and come together to protect and nurture each other,” Ms Steel says.

Vaccination rates for Māori in the Bay of Plenty sit at 62 percent who have had their first dose, and 41 percent who have their second.

“As we know, we’re being asked to reach a 90 percent vaccination rate in the Bay of Plenty to provide the very best protection for all our whānau,” says Ms Steel.

“We want Te Tini o Toi (the many descendants of Toi) to be safe this summer and that means having important kōrero with all whānau to make sure no-one gets left behind.”

COVID-19 Testing Centres in the Bay of Plenty

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100 First Ave, Tauranga
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