Thursday, December 9

Tairāwhiti trust ‘stunned and grateful’ for donated money for vaccination van

A Tairāwhiti trust that is delighted that the country sees the value of a vaccination van for the area and has invested their money in crowdfunding.

Vaccination center sign

Photo: RNZ / Angus Dreaver

The region had the lowest turnout for Super Saturday with just 912 vaccinations administered, so the Te Aroha Kanarahi Trust created a Givealittle page to get your own vaccination van.

Donations have been pouring in, and by 9 a.m. Monday, they had topped $ 110,000.

Trustee Tina Ngata said Morning report the questions about why the truck did not get government funding were not for her to answer.

“It has been submitted before, although to the DHB and through the Ministry [of Health] and it has not been approved.

“The main thing for us right now is just that we want to get it up and running.

“We see value in him, our communities see value in him, and I’m very excited that Aotearoa also obviously sees value in him and has put his money into it as well.”

He said he was surprised when the fundraiser reached $ 10,000. “We thought, ‘wow, we could really contribute something and try to find some other philanthropic funding to contribute.

“And that just went on and on, so we’re really, really overwhelmed and thankful.”

“We are sitting today to put together our plan and see exactly what the other costs will be. Because there are also human resource costs involved, of course, and also other supplies, and accommodation for people who are going to come here because it is a very remote area. .

A truck would cost about $ 80,000, he said. The trust is in discussions with other philanthropists and has been inundated with offers of support from doctors, nurses, and vaccinators.

Associate Minister of Health Peeni Henare said he was surprised that the trust started a Givealittle page because the government has allocated money for this type of initiative.

“I was in Te Tairāwhiti talking to the Maori health providers on Thursday and none of them mentioned it to me.

“I caught up with them last night to say ‘if this is what you need, why don’t you tell me sooner? We could have done it,'” he said. Morning report.

“We have the team working on that very quickly.

“We have allocated more than $ 80 million to the Maori vaccination program and that’s what that money is for.”

East Coast Labor Party MP Kiri Allen said Morning report she supported grassroots initiatives and there were other mobile options reaching the east coast.

“I’m working with Ngāti Porou Hauora, the East Coast provider, right now on mobile options in addition to the couple of temporary mobile options they have now.

“I don’t want to influence what Tina is doing because it’s great, but I want to make it clear that the government is working directly with Ngāti Porou Hauora for their own mobile solution,” he said, on capital expenditures for a mobile clinic. and operational funding for nursing staff.

Ngata said they intend to go door-to-door for five weeks, and in the summer touring recreational areas and campsites.

“In the summer we are one of the most visited regions in the country, which is wonderful, but it is also a source of anxiety for many of us.”

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