Challenge and change are a constant right now as we continue to navigate the impact of Omicron in our communities.
Tēnā koutou e te iwi,
Challenge and change are a constant right now as we continue to navigate the impact of Omicron in our communities and the rapid evolution of our systems for managing and responding to it all. Many whānau across the motu have been at home in isolation having contracted Covid-19 themselves or having someone in their whare get it.
Getting to grips with what that means and the (sometimes new) ‘rules’ and responsibilities, on top of coping with illness, financial pressures and isolation has been tough for many. Recovering from COVID-19 is also different for each of us, especially as we’re still learning about Long COVID. And we still have work ahead of us on the vaccination front, particularly with ensuring our tamariki are protected.
There is such a plethora of information and resources out there that it can be hard to know where to start or remember where to look. In this pānui we’ve aimed to assemble some links which we hope may be useful, as well as taking a moment to celebrate some successes and share interesting reads and videos.
In this pānui:
· - One-stop shop for COVID-19 positive whānau
· - Long Covid
· - Protecting our tamariki
· - Locations of local food providers
· - Tāngata whaiora and vaccination
· - Swifter MCCF process
· - The left behind
· - Handy list of useful links
One-stop shop for COVID-19 positive whānau
Health Navigator have produced an information kit for whānau who are COVID-19 positive and isolating from home. It covers important topics such as; how to manage and monitor your symptoms, how to care for tamariki, how to use a pulse oximeter, and much more.
Health Navigator’s website reduces barriers to accessing vital information. Whānau can access information on Health Navigator’s website without using mobile data. Visit their COVID-19 Community Care page.
Soaring numbers of cases are resulting in increased attention to Long COVID. It’s estimated that about 1 in 10 people will experience at least one COVID symptom more than 12 weeks after their initial diagnosis.
Long COVID symptoms include: low energy and fatigue, shortness of breath and cough, headaches, low mood, difficulty concentrating (brain fog), ongoing chest paints, racing pulse, aches and pains in muscles, ongoing changes to sense of smell and taste, and poor quality of sleep. People suffering these symptoms are being encouraged to talk to a doctor.
Alongside ongoing international research around effects and treatment, the Ministry of Health is funding a study to assess the long-term effects of COVID-19 on people in New Zealand. Links to further information can be found here.
Protecting our tamariki
Research and data show a number of whānau remain uncertain about getting their tamariki aged 5-11 years immunised. The COVID Vaccination Healthline team is available to talk through questions or worries with parents on 0800 28 29 26 from 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week. Parents can ask to speak to a Māori advisor.
Whilst tamariki and rangatahi who catch COVID-19 will usually have no symptoms or only mild respiratory symptoms, similar to a cold, some can become very sick and need to go to hospital – which is why health professionals recommend we vaccinate our tamariki and rangatahi. Check out this video with Dr Lily Fraser talking to tamariki about the vaccine.
Nōku te Ao: Like Minds describes itself as a social movement to end prejudice and discrimination and increase inclusion for people with experience of mental distress. It has recently shared this video from Wī Te Tau, who gives his perspective on why tāngata whaiora might be hesitant about receiving the COVID-19 vaccination and why he chose to get vaccinated.
Swifter MCCF process
Ministers have approved a more streamlined approach for distribution of the Māori Communities COVID-19 funding to iwi and Māori providers. The change will see proposals from kaitono worth up to $200,000 approved at regional levels by Te Puni Kōkiri and Te Arawhiti and agency chief executives able to approve proposals up to $1 million. The aim is to get services and resources to communities impacted by Omicron more swiftly. Amounts above that level will continue to be approved by Ministers. Read more here.
A number of iwi have posted The Spinoff’s illuminating new comic The Side Eye’s Two New Zealands: The left behind by Toby Morris, which was created in collaboration with Harkanwal Singh and Tina Ngata. For those of you who may not have seen it, it breaks down reasons why, when it comes to public health, the same people keep getting left behind – and it’s worth a read.
Other useful links and resources
The Ministry of Social Development’s regional teams are co-ordinating the welfare through existing local partnerships with community providers, iwi, councils and government agencies. They’ve published a list of all the food providers across the motu and the areas and populations they are working with here.
Below are a range of other useful links.
Request a RAT | Ministry of Health NZ
How to report your RAT results
How to get a COVID-19 test
Reconnecting New Zealanders to the World
Nau Mai Rā (covid19.govt.nz)
Overseas vaccine submission | Ministry of Health (covid19.health.nz)
If you have COVID-19 | Unite against COVID-19
Life at Red
Self-Isolation, managed isolation and quarantine guidance
Omicron variant – Ministry of Health website.
Face coverings – information on the use of masks and face coverings including how they can help you.
Advice for people with COVID-19 | Ministry of Health NZ
Guidance for workplaces that have a case of COVID-19 | Ministry of Health NZ
COVID-19 vaccine and children: Information for parents and caregivers | Ministry of Health NZ
How can we help?
If you’re looking to get involved in the Karawhiua campaign, co-brand with us or would like some support, flick us an email to discuss what we can do for you.
You can also check out the Karawhiua Resources page for videos, posters and brand guidelines you may want to use in your own vaccination campaigns. There are heaps of other useful resources for whānau and Māori communities that are worth checking out on the Shared Resources section. If you know of other resources you think we should add, please send them through!
Until next time …Kia kaha! Kia māia! Karawhiua!