Supporting Local Whānau Amidst COVID-19 Uncertainty

15 April 2020

Enztec supplies PPE equipment for vital community work

It didn’t take long for Enztec to act when news broke of Te Pūtahitanga te Waipounamu’s South Island Whānau Ora Navigators’ dire need of personal protective equipment (PPE).

CEO, Iain McMillan first learned of the organisation’s dilemma through a national news article, highlighting the Māori community’s much-needed practical support from the Whānau Ora Navigators during New Zealand’s nationwide COVID-19 lockdown.

Prior to the lockdown, Iain had organised a shipment of essential PPE for the Enztec team, foreseeing that this would be required to keep staff safe. Just days after the supplies arrived Iain saw the article describing the need for PPE and contacted Phil Tumataroa from Te Pūtahitanga te Waipounamu and donated 1,500 pairs of gloves and 1,500 face masks. This PPE will help enable and support their efforts in running the Manaaki20 campaign, an incredible initiative supporting hundreds of families throughout the South Island.

“We are indebted to Iain and his act of manaaki to enable our Whānau Ora Navigators to be able to do what they do best – support families to be self-managing. It is through the generosity of people like him that New Zealanders get through times such as we are going through,” Tumataroa said.

During these unprecedented times, it’s more important than ever to band together locally.

McMillan says, “Enztec was happy to provide this support. We remain focused on the wellbeing of our team and community as we navigate the current Level 4 restrictions and beyond. In these uncertain times, we are honoured to be able to contribute in a little way to the great work the Whānau Ora Navigators are doing to ensure the welfare of our local community.”

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