Sumary of Coronavirus crisis: New Zealand anti-vaxxers told not to use haka:
- “We do not support their position and we do not want our tupuna or our iwi associated with their messages,” the Ngati Toa tribe, or “iwi” in Maori, said in a statement, referring to the tribe’s ancestry or “tupuna”.
- New Zealand, which has among the lowest rates of COVID-19 in the world, has struggled to fight off the highly infectious Delta variant of the coronavirus this year, forcing Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to move from a strategy of elimination through lockdowns to living with the virus with higher vaccinations.
- Ardern has set a target of vaccinating 90 per cent of those eligible before ending lockdowns.
- About 81 per cent of the eligible population has received two vaccine doses but Ardern said on Monday that health authorities were struggling to reach some young Maori due to misinformation about vaccines.
- We are trying to overcome much more than that and from the provider conversations I’ve had, that is one of the things we’re all struggling with,” Ardern told state broadcaster TVNZ, referring to disinformation.