for Māori and Pacific Omicron response
Associate Minister of Health Peeni Henare. Photo: RNZ / Samuel Rillstone
The $140 million of new funding was announced by government ministers at Ngā Whare Waatea in South Auckland on Tuesday morning.
The funding is on top of that announced last week for support to those self-isolating with Covid-19, or as close contacts.
"We know Omicron is likely to disproportionately affect Māori and Pasifika communities and the government is committed to making sure vulnerable whānau received the support and care they deserve," Associate Minister of Health Peeni Henare said in a statement announcing the funding.
For years, Māori and Pacific health providers have operated in their communities on limited resource, especially when compared to the rest of the health system.