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Puna Koorero - Trusted Voices Resources

Puna Koorero - Trusted Voices Resources

Maa mua ka kite a muri,

maa muri ka ora a mua.

Trust Waikato held its first Puna Koorero - Trusted Voices Hui on 11 November, recognising the need to provide a platform for leading experts to share their knowledge with our communities. The second session was held on 16 December.

We will continue to seek opportunities to hui with other Puna Koorero panelists moving forward.


In the meantime, further credible and relevant resources relating to the hui session will be available here. 

We will continue to update this page as more resources become available. 

Those who lead give sight to those who follow,

those who follow give life to those who lead.

Puna Koorero - Trusted Voices Hui Session 3
with Erana Severne, Maxine Ketu, and Janise Eketone

Thank you to everyone who joined us on 24 February for the third hui session of Puna Koorero - Trusted Voices: A Coordinated Response to Omicron with Erana Severne (Here to help u), Maxine Ketu (Ngāti Hāua Iwi Trust Ki Taumarunui), and Janise Eketone (Waikato District Health Board). There were some important discussions between some key players providing a local response to the Omicron outbreak. 

A few key takeaways from our team as a recap: 

  • He waka eke noa | We're all in this together

  • Whakapakari i te hapori | Building capacity into communities so they can support themselves with local intelligence - enriching communities to do what they do best.

  • He Manaaki Tangata | If it's not serving the people, don't accept the response - keep challenging. 

  • Hauora | Maintaining the wellbeing of staff and teams that are working incredibly hard. This is not 'business as usual' - we are in 'crisis mode' which needs to focus on service delivery and people first. 

Puna Koorero - Trusted Voices Hui Session 2
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). 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.   

Puna Koorero - Trusted Voices Hui Session 1
with Dr Rawiri Jansen and Dr Jade Tamatea 

Thank you to everyone who joined us on 11 November for the first hui session. There was a great turnout and some really insightful discussions with expert panelists.

A few key takeaways from our team as a recap:

  • Protect | Vaccination is a key protective tool. The focus needs to be on vaccinating every person who wants to and can have one, regardless of cases or reaching the "90% target".

  • Prepare | In addition to vaccination, now is the time to prepare. Individually, getting well. As a whanau, having a plan if isolation is required. As a community, plans to support the preparation and execution of these.

  • Waananga | Collaboration, trust, working together and having coordinated communication for the whole community to get through this.


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