calls for alert 'level 5' in Auckland
Former Māori Party MP Hone Harawira is censuring New Zealand's new COVID-19 traffic light system that will shortly replace alert levels, saying it's unsatisfactory.
Harawira says he has serious concerns about the system, calling it "Delta's nightmare dawn for Māori".
"Keep the traffic lights on red, design a level 5 and take Auckland back there, then tighten up the borders," he told Te Ao Māori News.
The Government on Friday set a 90 percent COVID-19 vaccination target for each district health board for when the traffic light system would kick in and current restrictions could ease.
It didn't set a specific target for Māori and Pasifika, instead giving $120 million directly to iwi and community providers to turbocharge the rollout.
"Funding Māori providers to accelerate the vaccination rates amongst our communities as well, coupled together with the incentive of vaccine certificates, we are eager and believe we will see those vaccination rates go up," Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said.
Link to video and article: 'Let's go hard': Harawira blasts traffic light framework, calls for alert 'level 5' in Auckland (msn.com)