Māori@Massey Covid Support , Māori@Massey Tautoko mō te Kōwheori

Ensuring the active protection of the health and wellbeing of whānau, hapū, iwi and Māori communities.

Tēnā koe, tēnā tātou katoa.  Nau mai haere mai koe ki Te Kunenga ki Pūrehuroa, ki te whānau whānui o Ngāi Māori ki Te Pūrehuroa. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented significant challenges for the tertiary education sector, ultimately disrupting the continuity of teaching and learning. Previous pandemic responses have indicated that the mainstream models used were only of benefit to non-Māori. Māori generally have higher rates of chronic and underlying health conditions which is likely to increase the risk of infection should a community outbreak occur. This requires equity to be a key component of our Māori@Massey COVID-19 response, ensuring the active protection of the health and wellbeing of whānau, hapū, iwi and Māori communities is prioritised. As we continue to work towards becoming a Tiriti-led institution, it is important to further develop and operationalise Māori-led/culturally responsive solutions to support the achievement of health equity. This response is a living document that will evolve and adapt as the pandemic progresses, it will be updated as soon as possible.

The benefits of vaccination for Māori

The benefits of getting a COVID-19 vaccine far outweigh the risks. It is an opportunity to take preventative measures to protect yourself, your whānau, hapū and iwi against the transmission of the virus. The benefits of vaccination include protection from infection, severe illness, hospitalisation and further health complications.

Find a vaccination clinic near you

If you are unsure about getting vaccinated or would like to talk through some options with a Māori health professional, please get in contact. Alternatively, these are useful resources:

  • Rōpū Whakakaupapa Urutā: Kaupapa led by Māori medical professionals aimed at sharing information and resources for Māori about the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Karawhiua: Kaupapa for whānau, hapū, iwi and Māori hāpori to help prevent the spread of COVID-19
  • Māori Health Provider: Find a Māori health provider in your region

Kei raro iho nei ētahi tāngata hei āwhina atu i a koe mēnā e noho taumaha ana i ngā karawhiunga o te wā. Kaua e whakamā ki te whakapā mai!

If you need any support during these challenging times, please get in touch. Robyn Matthews is the key contact for all Māori@Massey COVID-19 queries.

Study support

If you need specific support with your studies or support on campus, please contact the staff listed below:

Otehā/Albany campus

  • Te Rau Tauawhi/Māori student support (Cam Te Paa) c.tepaa@massey.ac.nz
  • Māori staff support (Apirana Pewhairangi) a.pewhairangi@massey.ac.nz

Pukeahu/Wellington campus

  • Te Rau Tauawhi/Māori student support (Eugene Hepi) e.hepi@massey.ac.nz
  • Māori staff support (Awhina Wakefield) a.wakefield@massey.ac.nz

Manawatū campus

  • Te Rau Tauawhi/Māori student support (Chey Te Hei) c.tehei@massey.ac.nz
  • Māori staff support (Takuta Ferris) r.ferris@massey.ac.nz

Distance Students

  • Te Rau Tauawhi/Māori student support (Takoha Ropati) t.ropati@massey.ac.nz

Kia haumaru te noho e te whānau!

A Māori perspective during the COVID-19 Pandemic 

Improving Māori health and wellbeing is key to shaping the social, political and economic future of Aotearoa. Philosophies such as Ako, Āta, mātauranga, Kaupapa Māori, tikanga, te reo, and Te Tiriti o Waitangi guide our understanding of hauora.

Massey's Te Putahi-a-Toi School of Māori Knowledge Senior Lecturer Dr Felicity Ware provides a Māori perspective on COVID-19 and whānau health.