On Tuesday 03 November, the Minister of Local Government Nanaia Mahuta confirmed that changing the law that enables people to block Māori wards from being established is one of her top priorities.
Although we are unsure of the level of priority this kaupapa has for the rest of Cabinet, the process for actually changing the law is likely to take at least a year, and opposition forces will still try and stop Māori wards from being established in New Plymouth and here in Tauranga in the meantime.
Fortunately, there is a plan.
ActionStation, with the support of their community partners, have committed to:
What can you do?
We are close to changing this outdated and discriminatory law and with a big push right now we can take this kaupapa over the try line, together.
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Will you do one, or all of these things to show your support for this important kaupapa?
Here’s to more Māori representation everywhere!
A PDF version of the presentation delivered by Ngāti Ranginui Iwi Society CEO, Mel Tata – is available for download below.
A digital version of the Ngāti Ranginui Iwi annual report for 2019-2020 is now available for download below.
Ngā Mātarae Scholarship
The Trustees of Ngā Mātarae Charitable Trust are pleased to offer the Ngā Mātarae Scholarship Programme. The Trust is a partnership between the Port of Tauranga and Tauranga Iwi with the primary purpose to promote the wellbeing of Te Awanui Tauranga Harbour. Applicants intending to undertake study in a discipline that will benefit the wellbeing of the harbour and who are descendants of Tauranga Moana iwi (Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāi Te Rangi and Ngāti Pūkenga) are invited to apply.
Turirangi Te Kani Memorial Scholarship
In recognition of the relationship with the Port of Tauranga and the respect Turirangi Te Kani held within the Tauranga community, a scholarship is offered within the area of the Tauranga Moana Trust Board, the Port of Tauranga is pleased to offer the Te Kani Memorial Scholarship Programme. Applicants will have tribal affiliation with Tauranga Iwi and will have been resident (but allowing for schooling or University study outside the area) within the Tauranga Moana Trust Board area for the last five years.
An Applicant for either of the above scholarships must be able to provide evidence of tribal affiliation with only Tauranga Iwi (either Ngāi Te Rangi, or Ngāti Ranganui, or Ngāti Pūkenga) and application eligibility requirements are outlined in the Application. An eligible application must include the completed Whakapapa Form showing the applicant’s primary line to show primary affiliations. The scholarship is $1,500 per year with recipients eligible for continued entitlement up to 3 years. This continued support is conditional on the recipient’s performance during the year and confirmation of plans to continue with the qualifying education in subsequent years. In the interests of fairness, any current recipient of one scholarship will be ineligible for the other scholarship.
Applications open in November 2020, close at midday on Monday 1 February 2021. Application and whakapapa forms are available from the Port of Tauranga’s website.
Reassurances are being given to people who work at Port of Tauranga, that following an Order from the Ministry of Health on Friday night, they will not be penalised if they are unable to get tested for COVID-19 before midnight (11.59pm) on Monday night.
Director General of Health, Dr Ashley Bloomfield said “It's important that we take a flexible approach to our response to allow us to test as many of those as possible at our borders. Our border workers play an important role in doing their jobs and keeping us safe. Comprehensive testing will provide one further assurance of this and it is pragmatic to take a few more days to ensure we've tested as many of our port workers as possible."
Bay of Plenty District Health Board’s Interim CE Simon Everitt said that staff have been working over the weekend with port staff, to set up a testing station on-site at the port, to ensure sufficient capacity to test all required workers. Workers with symptoms of COVID-19 have been getting tested at their GP’s practice.
“We will be prioritising port staff who have been on-board a vessel in the last 14 days and/or those who have been in direct contact with crew. Testing will begin next week.
“Port of Tauranga staff will be contacted by their company to allocate them a testing slot. If a staff member is unwell or has symptoms, please seek treatment from their GP and remain off work. In the meantime we acknowledge the uncertainty that workers have being feeling about how to organise their tests. We ask that people be patient as they will be able to get tested over the next week, and that people wait for further instructions from their employers, and allow general practices to focus on testing those people who have symptoms of COVID-19 and require testing.
EOC Incident Controller, Dr Joe Bourne said “ While port staff are awaiting their test results, they can continue to work.
“Across the Bay of Plenty, general practice and Pathlab have continued to assess and test people with symptoms consistent with COVID-19. Whilst those services have been busy, the numbers have been manageable and there is capacity for anyone who does present with symptoms.”
The COVID-19 symptoms include: a cough; a high temperature (at least 38˚C); shortness of breath; a sore throat; sneezing and runny nose; temporary loss of smell.
Port of Tauranga Covid 19 Testing – Interview with Graham Cameron, Pou Tīkanga BOPDHB
Ripeka Timutimu talks with BOPDHB Pou Tīkanga, Graham Bidois Cameron about the Covid-19 testing being done for Port of Tauranga kaimahi.
I te tuatahi, ki tā tātou hoa mahi i pāngia e te mate Korona, kua tukuna e mātou ngā karakia kia piki te kaha, kia piki te ora ki runga i a koutou.
Kua tae mai te pānui nei i te Tumuaki taupua, i a Simon Everitt, kia mataara!
Ahakoa te taumaha o te kaupapa nei, kia kaha rā! Kei a tātou ngā rautaki, te tikanga me ngā tūkanga kia tiaki, kia manaaki tātou ki a tātou anō.
E hoki ki ngā kupu o ngā tūpuna, kaua e mate wheke, me mate mango-ururoa. Tēnā koutou.
Our thoughts go out to our staff members and patient who are now facing recovery from COVID-19. We also offer our support to their whānau who will be concerned and worried for their loved ones.
Tuesday, 21st April 2020
MEDIA ADVISORY: Update on COVID-19 cases Bay of Plenty District Health Board
The health, welfare and wellbeing of our staff and patients remain our highest priority as we continue to work together to eliminate COVID-19. Two Bay of Plenty District Health Board (BOPDHB) employees and one patient have tested positive for COVID-19 during the weekend.
One of the staff members who tested positive works for Adult Mental Health and Addiction Services and has been in isolation for two weeks as a result of contact tracing two weeks ago, and remains in self isolation.
The second staff member works in Te Whare Maiangiangi, the adult mental health ward at Tauranga Hospital. In addition, a current patient in the ward yesterday also tested positive for COVID-19.
Both staff members are in quarantine and are being supported by family and the DHB. The patient who tested positive is in isolation in the Te Whare Maiangiangi ward and is being cared for by ward staff, who are in appropriate PPE, and all steps are being taken to ensure the safety of staff, patients and their families.
All staff members and patients who have been in contact with the three confirmed cases are being followed up and have either been tested and are awaiting lab test results or are in the process of being tested.
We are confident that our staff were scrupulous in following the guidelines and that they did everything possible to keep themselves and others safe.
Our focus is on identifying and testing all close contacts and preventing the spread of further infection from this outbreak.
We are working with our colleagues at Toi Te Ora Public Health, the Ministry of Health and other relevant agencies to identify all close contacts of these confirmed cases. These contacts, whether they are symptomatic or not, will be advised to go to a Community Based Assessment Centre (CBAC) for testing.
The Te Whare Maiangiangi ward has been closed to new admissions, and we are working with Whakatāne Hospital and Lakes District Health Board to continue to provide care for our patients.
Staff are continuing to use appropriate PPE as recommended by Ministry of Health guidelines.
Bay of Plenty DHB
BOP and Lakes DHBs have created a new website to help address any COVID-19 questions. The website has the latest health updates relating to COVID-19, plus answers to frequently asked questions. You can find it at: covid19.bopdhb.govt.nz
Enquiries to the BOP HEALTH COVID-19 response team can be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more details contact:
Māori Health Gains and Development
Mobile: 027 270 5303
Communications Advisor - Bay of Plenty District Health Board
DDI: 07 579 8411
Mobile: 027 839 1791
Fax: 07 577 9195
Te Rōpū Whakakaupapa Urutā provide information and resources specifically for Māori about the COVID-19 pandemic. This information has been developed by leading Māori medical experts for whānau Māori.
As tangata whenua, it’s important that Māori have access to tailored and relevant information, resources and practical guidance and advice on how to manage the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 Advice for Māori provides practical advice and guidance to whānau Māori that individuals, Māori Health Practitioners, marae, hapu and iwi can use to keep their whānau safe.
Information for our Kaumātua
Just like our tamariki, our kaumātua are living taonga. Unfortunately, kaumātua are most at risk from COVID-19. Anyone, especially kaumātua, are also more likely to get sick if you also have the following health conditions:
Information for hapu māmā, unborn pēpi and newborn pēpi.
The risks of COVID-19 to hapu māmā, unborn pēpi and newborn pēpi are still generally unknown.
While most hapu māmā who catch COVID-19 will have mild symptoms, it is important that we do everything to keep hapu māmā safe during this time.
For the period that Alert-Level 4 restrictions are in place, it is important that you and your whānau follow the basic advice for general hygiene.
General advice for hapu māmā:
For anyone leaving the whare:
For information about maternity care, labour, delivery, caring for your newborn pēpi and more during COVID-19 Alert Level 4 please visit the website link below.
COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a type of coronavirus. There are simple steps you can take to protect you and your whānau.
The symptoms of COVID-19 are:
Shortness of breath is a sign of possible pneumonia and requires immediate medical attention.
We don’t yet know how long symptoms take to show after a person has been infected, but current World Health Organisation assessments suggest that it is 2–10 days.
If you have these symptoms, please don't assume it is just a cold, call Healthline (for free) on 0800 358 5453 or your doctor immediately.
Frequently Asked Questions
I'm worried I might have COVID-19, should I visit a testing centre?
If you have symptoms of COVID-19, please call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 or call your local GP for advice. Your GP or Healthline will refer you to a testing centre. You can read advice on symptoms of COVID-19 from the Ministry of Health here.
How is testing done?
Testing or swabbing may be done in a dedicated testing space by staff or from inside your car.
When will my test results be available?
Test results are generally available within 48 hours.Regional Public Health will notify you if your test result is positive, and work with you to manage your health.
Where is the Community Based Assessment Centre?
For whānau living in Tauranga, it is at Trustpower Baypark Stadium, 81 Truman Lane, Mount Maunganui. It is open everyday 9am-6pm.
If you live in another part of New Zealand you can find out where your nearest Community Based Assessment Centre is by calling Healthline on 0800 358 5354.
For more symptom and testing, please visit the COVID-19 Website below.
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