Coronavirus: Māori urged to reconsider holding traditional tangihanga during pandemic

Māori are being urged to be innovative and use technology instead of holding traditional tangihanga.

Dr Rhys Jones from Te Kupenga Hauora Māori says avoiding large gatherings is crucial to ensuring the health and wellbeing of kaumatua during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Inequity in healthcare and pre-existing respiratory and cardiovascular conditions make Māori particularly vulnerable to the virus.  

 Around 2500 Māori perished in the 1918 influenza pandemic.

 Watch The Hui’s full interview with Dr Rhys Jones.