Te Runanga o Ngati Ruanui iwi leader Debbie Ngarewa-Packer and front line medical staff are calling for level three and four pandemic preparations now.
In a live video posted to Facebook on Sunday, Iwi leader Debbie Ngarewa-Packer says that the iwi of Taranaki united in sharing this common message.
She goes on to say that before it’s confirmed by the prime minister, now is the for us to plan staying home, how we’re going to stay in touch with each other, and how we get help to those most vulnerable.
Ngarewa-Packer pleads that we don’t wait until we get to level four, saying it will be tougher and regulations enforced, and so much harder then what it is now.
Front line medical staff are also calling for the government to initiate the level four pandemic plan with almost 3,000 people petitioning.
The petition’s author, Dr Kelvin Ward, said raising the alert to the highest possible level was the only way for New Zealand to ensure it survives the virus with minimal impact.
These measures are being called for following the announcement of a further 14 confirmed cases of the covid-19 virus on Sunday; two of which are in Taranaki, bringing the total for the region to four.