miss out on 'masks for whānau'
Some of the biggest Māori health providers in Auckland and Taranaki are "frustrated" they didn't receive any of the one million masks health officials promised for "vulnerable whānau", but the Ministry of Health has said they've been distributed through other channels.
On Monday, an email was sent to Māori health providers from the Ministry of Health's deputy director-general of Māori Health John Whaanga which said the masks would be distributed the following day to help people protect themselves from Covid-19.
Ngāti Ruanui runs the largest Māori health provider in Taranaki, where people are anxiously waiting to find out if there could be community cases of Covid-19 from the infected Papatoetoe family who visited over Waitangi weekend.
Iwi trust manager Rachael Rae said while the iwi had their own reserves of masks purchased during the last lockdown, she was "frustrated" that this latest influx was not being offered to them.
"We've had absolutely none, nothing has been received.