spells trouble for at-risk Māori, leader says
A Māori health leader says he has a sense of impending doom as Auckland gets set to open up.
The government has signalled shops will be able to open, and up to 25 people can gather outdoors from 10 November.
National Māori Pandemic Group co-leader Rawiri McKree Jansen said loosening restrictions would help create a "perfect f---ing storm" and put more Māori in harm's way.
"I've got a feeling of impending doom about it to be honest," he said.
"It feels like we've got an outbreak not under control, bubbling away. We're sending signals about reducing restrictions, schools opening up, and that seems to be a troubling mix."
Māori made up about half of the current cases, and had lower vaccination rates than the rest of the population.