This issue

  • Paula Tesoriero named to head Whaikaha Disability Ministry
  • Tuku Iho app launches to support whānau hapū, māmā hapū and māmā hou
  • Reminders


Paula Tesoriero appointed as Chief Executive of Whaikaha Ministry of Disabled People

Former Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero takes over as chief executive of Whaikaha Ministry of Disabled People from today, 1 September. Paula takes over the role from Geraldine Woods, who has been acting Chief Executive since the Ministry’s launch in July.

In a statement, Disability Issues Minister Poto Williams said she was “delighted someone of this calibre, who has experience, mana and deep connections to the disability community has been appointed to this important role.”


Tuku Iho app launches

Tuku Iho is a bi-lingual resource for whānau hapū, māmā hapū and māmā hou that shares intergenerational knowledge in maternal and child wellbeing.

Hon Ayesha Verrall, Minister for Research, Science and Innovation and Associate Minister of Health recently launched the app at a community event in Ōtaki, New Zealand.

It is a resource framed from a te ao Māori perspective and linked to mātauranga Māori, with development lead by the National SUDI Prevention Coordination Service at Hāpai Te Hauora Māori Public Health.

You can find out more and download the ap here.



An interactive digital tool also allows people to enter their own information and find out what COVID-19 vaccination they’re due for. It’s simple, but effective – check it out here.



Weekly vaccination data

Our latest Māori and Pacific COVID-19 vaccination data is now available here.

This week’s flu vaccination data is available here.


Update on collateral on Dropbox

Don’t forget there is a range of collateral you and your providers can use to promote vaccinations. Please feel free to share this link and the collateral widely: Dropbox: NIP – vaccine resources – Simplify your life.

You can also find a range of vaccination stories to share on our YouTube channel. Please note we have recently added te reo Maori translations for Flu, Covid-19 and MMR consent forms.


Eligibility guide for COVID-19 medicines

This guide helps explain who can get free antiviral medicines (Paxlovid and molnupiravir), to reduce their risk of hospitalisation.


Useful Links

  • Te Aka Whai Ora website this link
  • Manatū Hauora publishes weekly summary reports of COVID-19 data for Māori and Pacific. To view the reports, click on this link
  • Mask wearing video available to socialise on your websites this link