Auckland Update from our CE Paula Tesoriero

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Kia ora Community,

Thank you all for your support as we navigate this challenging time for disabled people and their whānau in Tāmaki Makaurau and surrounding areas.

Over the last 24 hours Whaikaha implemented its response to the state of emergency in Tāmaki Makaurau. I am very proud of my team’s efforts and what we have been able to achieve so far in collaboration with others.

We were quick to respond to concerns from the community and seek assurances and assistance from colleagues across government where needed.

The outcomes for our community could not have happened without the dedication of disabled people supporting each other, whānau continuing to support and seek solutions for their disabled family members, Taikura Trust, Whaikaha’s Needs Assessment Service Coordination (NASC) in Tāmaki Makaurau, along with the many providers working together to find solutions for people in need and an across sector commitment to ensuring messages were readily available in accessible formats.

A big thanks to the community members on the ground also providing us with information to act on. Thank you all for your mahi in this space.

Check our  community update (DOCX 79KB) for the information in summary outlining the key activities since the state of emergency was called for Whaikaha, what we have been hearing from the community and our responses. Our response will continue throughout the long weekend as the rain continues to impact people living in Tāmaki Makaurau and surrounding areas.

As always, throughout this time please get in touch with your usual point of contact at Whaikaha. For urgent matters please see all the contact details on our website news article Extreme Weather in Auckland and our Whaikaha Facebook page. external URL

Keep safe and I will be in touch if any situations change for our community members.

Ngā mihi nui,

Paula Tesoriero MNZM

Te Tumu Whakarae | Chief Executive 

Whaikaha | Ministry of Disabled People