A Whangārei marae and general practice have teamed up to provide manaaki (hospitality) at their vaccine clinic.
People seeking to get a jab were welcomed with waiata and a warm whānau feel by Pehiāweri Marae members at The Doctors Tikipunga last Saturday. Those who are vaccine-hesitant were invited to have a chat and discuss their concerns.
Both the marae and the practice celebrated the event as a success after getting 71 of their community vaccinated, and are looking to repeat this on Saturday.
"The Doctors Tikipunga reached out to us to see how we can work together, and we certainly accepted the invitation," said Shirleyanne Brown, Pehiāweri Marae spokeswoman and member.
She said the missing link in the vaccine rollout was having conversations with the community and creating mana whenua.
"We also wanted to ensure that there is no stigma against anyone. If people are not ready, that's fine. Everyone needs to be treated with respect," Brown said.
The marae had to play a part in keeping the community safe.
So far, 37 per cent of eligible Northlanders have been fully immunised, and a further 24 per cent have had their first jab; 38 per cent remain unvaccinated.
The Doctors Tikipunga practice manager Mel Juer said the practice was keen to offer more care as part of its vaccine rollout so it approached Pehiāweri Marae for help.
"We want to make people more comfortable who are on the fence about the vaccine."
Juer said there was a positive community feel and they managed to reach some of the more-hesitant age group, 18-35-year-olds.
They had patients who had booked their appointment, as well as many walk-ins.
Pehiāweri Marae will join the vaccine clinic again on Saturday, October 9, from 9am-2.30pm, and on October 23 and 30. On November 13, People Potential will join The Doctors Tikipunga.
Pop-up vaccination clinics (no booking required)
Thursday, October 7: Pak'nSave Kaitaia, 10am–2pm
Friday, October 8: Whangārei Youth Space, 36 Water St, 10am-2pm
Saturday, October 9: Pak'nSave Kaitaia, 10am–2pm, Mitre 10 Waipapa Kerikeri, 9am-2pm
- Northland Events Centre, 51 Okara Dr, Tues & Thu 8am-7.30pm, Wed 10am-5pm, Sat 9am-4pm
- Ki A Ora Ngātiwai, Mon-Fri, call 09 435-4586
- Northland District Health Board, 22a Normanby St, Mon 11am-6pm, Wed 10am-5pm, Fri 9am-2pm
- 1 Sammaree Pl, Wed 10am-5pm, Thu 12-7pm
- Ngāti Hine Health Trust, Moerewa Rugby Club, Simpson Park, Mon-Fri 9am-4pm
- The Old Warehouse Building, 11 Matthews Ave, Tues & Wed 10am-5pm
- Te Hau Ora O Ngāpuhi, 113 Broadway