Puna Koorero - Trusted Voices with Keith Ikin, John Robertson and Janise Eketone

Thank you to everyone who joined us on 16 December for the second hui session of Puna Koorero - Trusted Voices with Keith Ikin (Chair, Maniapoto Māori Trust Board), John Robertson (Mayor, Waitomo District Council), and Janise Eketone (General Manager Māori Health, Waikato District Health Board). There were some really insightful discussions between these groups collaborating on a local response to COVID-19 in the community.


It's a busy time, especially to be joining in on another Zoom call, so the recording is available here if you missed it.


Following the last Puna Koorero session, this one shows how a community has come together to prepare.


A few key takeaways from our team as a recap:

  • Mahi hauora | The response focuses on total wellbeing. Full wrap-around services are there for anyone testing positive for COVID-19 or are identified as a close contact.

  • Mahi ngaawari | The response needs to be flexible and adaptable. It requires being open to working with different people in different ways.

  • Mahi tahi | In this case, local relationships are the best they have ever been. Together they acknowledge that partnerships go both ways.