The first Matariki public holiday was a day of rest for most people but while lots of us kicked back and relaxed a dedicated bunch of Tui Ora kaimahi were rolling up their sleeves in Waitara to bring a hauora whānau fun day to the community.
Working alongside our partners Te Aranga and the Taranaki District Health Board and supported by Te Atiawa iwi the team were overwhelmed by the turnout from our Waitara whānau who called in for immunisations, hauora advice, good kai and lots of entertainment for the tamariki.
Over the course of just four hours 42 influenza, 16 Covid and two childhood immunisations were administered! Of the 60 vaccinations 36 of these were for whānau Māori! Around 500 people attended the event which exceeded all expectations.
Programme Manager Lisa Zame was thrilled with how the day went:
"This was an awesome team effort. We had great support from the local community groups who provided amazing kai, Te Atiawa who entertained the crowd with a beautiful kapa haka performance and Shelton Healey who kept the buzz going with his amazing MCing.
"It's really important that we engage whānau about their health but do it in a way that is safe and engaging and not about the hard sell. I was really proud of the way the team pulled together and achieved that. The Whānau Ora approach really resonates with our community."