before opening Auckland border
However, it’s Māori vaccination numbers that are causing concern.
“Our modellers have told us we're two to three weeks behind non-Māori to get to that 90 per cent. Our people will be vulnerable over the summer period when people are getting together, gathering for summer events,” Waikato Tainui chairwoman Linda Te Aho said.
Waikato Tainui is calling for the Auckland border to remain in place.
“We're expecting there will be a surge in numbers and it will be our people that suffer disproportionately,” she said.
Over 30 events are being held across the Waikato over the weekend in an effort to boost vaccination numbers.
Link to video and article: Iwi calls for Māori vax rate to lift before opening Auckland border (1news.co.nz)