6 Oct 2021

Redtape and duplication frustrating Pasifika Covid-19 response

From , 6:00 am on 6 October 2021

A Pasifika health provider says the Covid-19 response on the ground in Auckland is being hampered by too much redtape and duplication across the sector.

The head of Covid-19 testing at Pasifika provider The Fono, Janet Masoe-Hundal, has been going door-to-door doing Covid-19 tests in a transitional housing complex in Auckland that's been affected by the outbreak.

She told our health correspondent Rowan Quinn they're finding families are having to repeat themselves multiple times a day to different people, and by the time she knocks on their doors families are already frustrated.

People lining up in their cars to be tested for Covid-19 in Balmoral, Auckland.

People lining up in their cars to be tested for Covid-19 in Balmoral, Auckland. Photo: RNZ / Jean Bell