Tāmaki Whānau Response
Updated: Jun 17
A collective, coordinated community approach to addressing Covid-19.
Written by ADHB Community Activator, Karl Bailey
Tāmaki Whānau Response is a multi-faceted collective, coordinated community approach to addressing Covid-19. Initiated by a community karanga from Georgie Thompson on the 18th of March, passionate and committed, community leaders and stakeholders came together to discuss what should be done in that Tāmaki area about Covid-19.
The community collective knew they were going to have to function differently to serve and deliver to people. In the words of Tāmaki Whānau coordinator, Bill Takarei “we had to have an approach that was quite different, it was agile, it could be done at pace, that was non-bureaucratic, could deliver on the ground and be able to deliver alongside community leaders and clinical health experts”.
The group established five workstreams of focus:
Coordination of the collective
Communication of government and clinical messages with a local lens
Food is still being delivered to whānau in need by Te Hooe o Taamaki, a community social support organisation
Business support for the economical impact of local business
Wellbeing planning, co-ordination of external supports and integration the concept of wellbeing across the rest of the streams.
With over 800 families reached with the local food support and a large digital community outreach and residents, organisations and agencies working together against Covid19.
Gratitude needs to also be given as this was made possible with the support and investment of the Tāmaki Regeneration Company in this community-led initiative from the background.
The next steps for the Tāmaki Whānau collective is to assess what the community priorities are as we come down the alert levels and scope the group’s purpose and response into the near future.