July 2020

Tui Ora staff member Leanne Matuku packs hygiene boxes for whānau during Covid-19 lockdown.                                                                              

MEDIA RELEASE

Wednesday 8 July 2020

As New Zealand recovers from Covid-19, Tui Ora health and social service professionals are working alongside key agencies and local groups to ensure vulnerable whānau continue to have access to Covid-19 related assistance. This continues while all services and programmes operate as normal since moving to Level 1.

In the last two months, Tui Ora has provided more than 1500 Whānau Ora hygiene packs to whānau, schools, kohanga reo, early childhood centres and community groups across the region. This brings the organisation’s total distribution to over 5400.

More than 500 vaccinations have been administered at Tui Ora Family Health Clinic, at in-home visits and community clinics in Opunake, Rahotu, Manaia, Urenui, Waitara, Inglewood and Patea. This is in addition to the high number of flu vaccinations completed during Covid-19 Levels 4 and 3.

In June, Tui Ora partnered with TSB Community Trust to set up a fund so priority groups could access appropriate COVID-19 health and safety support. Applications for this fund closed on 20 June and more than 50 applications were received. All applicants will be advised of the outcome of fund shortly.

Tui Ora Chief Executive Hayden Wano is proud of the continued work from staff.

"Our team has been outstanding. During the Covid-19 crisis they have worked tirelessly to look after our communities," says Hayden. "Whether it was administering Covid-19 tests, filling and distributing Whānau Ora hygiene packs, or calling kaumatua to make sure they are ok. Everyone was playing an important role in our response."

Tui Ora would like to take this opportunity to thank kaimahi and their whānau, local community groups, iwi of Taranaki, Taranaki Police, Taranaki Civil Defence Emergency Management, local district councils, Taranaki Regional Council, Taranaki District Health Board, Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency, Tu Tama Wahine, Ngaruahine Iwi Health Services and local businesses who have supported our collective Covid-19 response.

For further information about Tui Ora’s services, programmes or recovery efforts contact CEO Hayden Wano [email protected] or Sarah Foy, Senior Communications Advisor 027 351 6803 [email protected]

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