It was the first prize no-one wanted. Last weekend Blenheim became the first place in Te Waipounamu where there was a community case of COVID in close to a year. As we headed into Labour weekend, COVID landed in Blenheim, leading to a flurry of activity at the CBAC in Horton Park (Blenheim) and in Saxton Field (Nelson). By Saturday 144 COVID tests had been processed in Marlborough.
Then on Thursday it became Christchurch’s turn. Suddenly it was all action stations. The MIHI Māori mobile team vaccinated at Rehua marae and Ara and Te Whare Roimata last week. This week they are vaccinating at the marae and at Te Kura Whakapūmau, University of Canterbury and Te Pa Rākaihatū.
Reserved capacity and walk-ins are occurring at Etu, Maui Hornby, Maui South City and Ngā Hau E Whā and a whanau approach is being delivered where the whole whanau is vaccinated at one time. The disability events, and notifications of walk-in and drive-through opportunities, are being posted on the new ‘one-stop-shop’ see link here
Last week mobile clinics took place at Philipstown Hub, Aranui-Wainoni Community Centre, Rawhiti Domain, Housing First / Te Roimata, and Hakatere Marae. The first in a series of Tradies Breakfasts takes place this Sunday to attract construction workers and apprentices for onsite workplace and merchant vaccinations. A rainbow community event is being held at the Maui South City clinic this week.
A clinic will be held this week at Avonside Girls and Shirley Boys and other school site clinics are being planned. Education sessions are being held at Linwood College and Hornby High School. A youth focused event at the youth space next to Rauora Park, Central City is being delivered this Friday in association with the Christchurch Youth Council and a clinic at the 298 Youth Health clinic is planned for next week.
And that’s just this week’s update!
The amount of work being undertaken right across Te Waipounamu is staggering. I am utterly amazed at the perseverance; the resilience; the sacrifices and the energy of so many community champions. People who have been vaccinating; testing; reporting; supporting; listening; nursing, treating, advocating and navigating for close to twenty months without a break. The Prime Minister talks often about a team of five million. My heartfelt awe is for the virtual army of kaimahi that are literally saving lives, day by day. They say gratitude is when memory is stored in the heart not the mind. If that is the case, then my heart is overflowing with memories of the commitments made and hours given so freely to the cause of combatting COVID.
Te Kīwai has successfully continued to support rangatahi and tamariki Māori to engage in physical activity by relieving whānau of the financial pressures to cover the costs of fees, subscriptions, and sporting equipment for their tamariki and rangatahi. From the 1st of July to 30th September, we received a total of 379 applications; 353 of those were for individual rangatahi and tamariki and 26 team applications.
We are particularly excited to congratulate Sativa Scott who accessed Te Kiwai for support for her dance fees. Shakedown is a Hip Hop Dance Competition that was held in Nelson on 16th October September, featuring crews and dancers from all over New Zealand. Sativa got to compete in her first shakedown HipHop competition in the mega crew section; placing 3rd.
In these times of uncertainty, it is even more important that we place a focus on workplace wellbeing. A culture of wellbeing, improves the physical and mental fitness of kaimahi, while at the same time creating workplaces which are more productive and happier environments to work in. I love the way in which our kaimahi give expression to the Five Ways to Wellbeing (Give, Be Active, Keep Learning, Connect and Take Notice).
This week, we came together for a spooktacular time to connect with each other, reduce stress, increase resilience and wellness and have fun at the same time! Over pizza and potions, we had a kanikani, some frightful jokes, and spot prizes for being the most scariest of all (and no I didn’t win!).