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Covid-19

Inequitable burden of COVID-19 changed Māori drinking, smoking, and gambling habits during lockdown

National Māori Public Health Agency, Hāpai Te Hauora are concerned with multiple findings in the ‘Impact of Covid-19 August 2021’ survey released by Te Hiringa Hauora and NielsenIQ today. It canvassed the participants’ use of alcohol, tobacco, vaping and gambling in the August 2021 lockdown period. The survey had 1,401 respondents, 396 were Māori and 229 Pacific Peoples. 

Stuff: Covid-19 - Are NZ's vaccine mandates justified in the age of Omicron?

Omicron has entirely changed the dynamics of the Covid-19 pandemic; the vaccines now offer limited protection against symptomatic illness. So we do need to ask, are vaccine mandates still justified? Keith Lynch reports.

Let’s get the elephant in the room out of the way first. The Wellington protests are a mess. As many have now written, they are riddled with incoherent messaging and bizarre contradictions (‘this is a peaceful protest, but we want to execute people’).

Covid-19: Māori Public Health echo calls for strong Māori and community led responses to second wave of COVID-19

Hāpai te Hauora is once again calling for the Government to honor its Tiriti Partnership, and echoes calls for strong Māori leadership to spearhead response to second wave of COVID-19, as Aucklander’s brace for 12 more days at Level 3, whilst the country navigates the second wave of COVID-19 community transmission.

NZMJ - Beyond COVID-19: five actions which would improve the health of all New Zealanders

We congratulate the New Zealand government for the unprecedented steps taken to protect our population from the potentially catastrophic threat to public health posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In recent weeks, we have witnessed the capacity of government to enact sweeping changes which alter the day-to-day lives, economic fortunes and civic freedoms of all New Zealanders. As citizens, most of us have followed the new rules, buying into the premise that by doing so, we’re saving lives.