Let’s put aside the rage many Aucklanders feel at this never ending cavalcade of blunders and missteps in South Auckland.
Yes, we have all sacrificed to stay Covid free, yes it is enraging that people were not self isolating and going to work at Kmart and KFC, yes it is angering that contact took so long.
Sure, I get it. I’m moving this weekend, the last fucking thing I need is for us to be plunged into another fucking lockdown!
If we want to remain Covid free, we need to start adapting the message to different communities and quite frankly relying on phone calls rather than actually knocking on the door seems incredibly irresponsible of the Auckland DHB.
There are a multitude of different issues here when it comes to South Auckland.
Poverty and the need to pay the bills drives more concern than a virus that isn’t understood.
The deep distrust of any Pakeha organisations doesn’t help alongside the truth that many Pacific families know someone who is an overstayer which creates its own curtain of fear when dealing with officials.
- We need to immediately declare an amnesty for all Overstayers so that fear is removed.
- We need to bring in the South Auckland Community Leaders to run the messaging because they don’t trust Pakeha.
- We should consider compensation payments for anyone who can’t work at home and is asked to self isolate.
We need to adapt our communication methods and allow for different communities to have the agency to have their own communication styles. I support Māori roadblocks because they remember the mass graves from the 1918 epidemic and refuse point blank to rely on Pakeha to save them.
We need to include our different communities, not shun or publicly shame them because that ultimately drives them further away from that messaging.
What is being exposed here is the inequalities Covid throws up and the deep distrust the Government has with those communities. Don’t treat people like crap for decades and then get shitty when they won’t respond to an emergency.
We are all in this together comrades.
UPDATE: Thank the baby Jesus I moved a day earlier than I needed, because screw moving house during a Level 3 lockdown!
So we are plunged into Lockdown again Comrades. The anger and boiling fury at the foolish actions of a few mustn’t explode out of control, these are our brothers and sisters and online lynch mobs only lead to people recoiling from telling the truth when the truth is urgently needed.
This will hurt. No question. But we are far stronger than this.
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