The social, economic and cultural impacts of COVID-19 are hitting our people the hardest. In the face of a pandemic, history has shown that here in Aotearoa, Maaori are the most susceptible. But these are not unprecedented times for Waikato-Tainui. Kiingitanga has previously supported our people through the hardship of pandemics. The example of Te Puea and her efforts after the Influenza pandemic of 1918 can guide us in our response today to COVID-19.
The following five projects have been prioritised over the coming months and give affect to our commitment to driving to help our people, our communities, our region and our nation foward. These are the Taniwha Projects and through these we hope to build a tribal economy which supports increased employment opportunities, builds local enterprise, strengthens our marae, connects communities, improves wellbeing and health outcomes for all and protects our river, spaces and places.
We invite dialogue on how we can collaborate to realise this mahere mahi. We know that it is only through working with our marae and people that these projects will be given breath and come to life. It is our aim to be be bold, courageous and innovative so that the impact of these initiatives can make a real difference to our whaanau and marae.
Reflecting on the words of our King... together we will get through this.