Ngati Manhuhiri kaumatua Ringi Brown gave a formal welcome (mihi whakatau) to Waitemata District Health Board staff at a pop up Covid vaccination centre at the Masonic Hall in Warkworth last week.
Ngati Manhuiri hosted the vaccination centre on behalf of the board. Ngati Manuhiri Settlement Trust chair Mook Hohneck said it was the responsibility of local mana whenua to look after local communities.
He said the vaccination centre was available to all, not just local iwi, but he expected the fact that Ngati Manuhiri was hosting the centre would encourage Maori to come along.
“It’s an indication that local iwi support vaccination,” he said.