"Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world." — Harriet Tubman
The wāhine behind the Te Tauihu Māori Business Network are perfect examples of changemakers in action, working to build whānau prosperity and support pakihi Māori. We were honoured to support this initiative as part of Wave 13, and were excited to receive an update from them this week. Kairuruku Mareikura Ikin stepped into her leadership role of the network in September 2021, and since then has been establishing and maintaining relationships with Māori businesses across Te Tauihu.
As we move into winter, we know that whānau are at greater risk of becoming unwell with a number of bugs going around at the moment. We are still seeing steady numbers of COVID-19 in the community, and in the last few weeks, there has been a nasty flu going around. It is important that we take these illnesses seriously – although most of us might get through them without too much trouble, some of our whānau are at a high risk of becoming very unwell, and in the worst-case scenario, of death.
Health professionals are also warning of potential outbreaks of RSV and measles, which can be very dangerous for our pēpi and tamariki. We are asking all of our whānau to do what they can to protect themselves this winter – make sure your whole whānau is up to date with the COVID-19, influenza and MMR vaccines, and practice tikanga hauora to keep yourselves safe. Wear a mask and keep your distance from others in public places and stay home if you are feeling unwell.