aimed at boosting vaccination rates
A collective of marae around the Kāwhia harbour are banding together to encourage whānau in their community to get vaccinated.
The region between Taharoa and Kāwhia has been fighting to lift their vaccine uptake before the Auckland border opens.
The eight marae have set up clinics, worked with local Māori providers and shared promotional campaigns in an effort to boost the vaccination rate.
But a representative for the collective marae, Kathy Holland, said they are concerned their community is vulnerable because there is a lack of resources to cover the entire region.
She said they are worried their community will suffer when the Auckland borders open.