Yes, I know - it doesn't have the high status and recognition of ANZAC Day or Waitangi Day with their related events, which get a lot of attention and press coverage, nor does it come with the commercial frenzy of Christmas or Easter, and it isn't even a public holiday. But Earth Day (22-Apr) is no less worth celebrating, particularly this year, with some high profile climate action events happening internationally at the highest level as well as in our very own backyard.
Nowadays I prefer to direct my energy and support towards action that provides hope and pathways for a fairer, safer and healthier future. Here's to Earth Day and our one and only planet.
A plan to offer Covid-19 vaccines to everyone over 50 in Northland has been called “a shambles”, as those over 75, who should have been high priority, cannot get a booking to get their dose. Last week, Northland District Health Board decided to buck Ministry of Health recommendations and open up its vaccine clinics to all over-50s. But with 73,000 Northlanders in this age group, it has been overwhelmed with demand, receiving an average of 50 calls an hour and more than 2000 emails to book an appointment. Have you had the same problems, or have you been able to book a vaccine appointment?
Te Pōkaitahi Reo
Meet Parminder Singh (Punjabi) who shares his journey with Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi:
“Studying in the Pōkaitahi Reo programme has allowed me to develop a totally beautiful and unique relationship with Māori communities. The learning has helped my work to bridge gaps between Māori and others in our multicultural communities. When I look back, I feel really proud. It’s a great feeling when I speak te reo Māori. It’s a privilege.”
Share in Parminder’s experience and enquire now for 2021. These programmes are tuition fee free!