Covid-19: Talofa Judith – Collins did not answer, says the parish of Pasifika


Opposition leader Judith Collins has not been in contact with church leaders at the center of the current Covid-19 outbreak, despite saying she reached out to the Pasifika community largely affected by the outbreak.

In an interview on breakfast With journalist Indira Stewart, Collins was asked what she had done for the Pacific community and whether she had been in contact since the community outbreak.

Collins was asked because she holds the Pacific Peoples portfolio within the National Party and is a Pasifika church in Māngere New Zealand’s largest sub-cluster, with which more than 320 cases have been linked.

Leader of the opposition Judith Collins National Party Portfolio for Pacific Peoples.  (File photo)


Leader of the opposition Judith Collins National Party Portfolio for Pacific Peoples. (File photo)

When asked by Stewart, Collins replied, “Well, you know very well that I am deeply involved in the Pacific community and what I hear is that they want to be vaccinated like any other New Zealander. So I ask about vaccinations every day. “

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Stewart followed up and asked Collins if she had had any direct contact with those affected.

“My husband is Pasifika, I talk to him every day. But also Indira, I contacted the Pacific community that I have contact with and that I have contacted. But when you say the Pacific Community, that’s such a broad brush, isn’t it? I haven’t been out to see every Pacific community. “

Indira Stewart, a Tongan-Fijian journalist, hosts the breakfast show on TVNZ.

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Indira Stewart, a Tongan-Fijian journalist, hosts the breakfast show on TVNZ.

Stewart then reminded Collins that her question was specifically about the Pacific community that was part of the Māngere community.

She replied, “I have spoken to the Pacific community, I have spoken to them and they believe, as I do, that this country is being abandoned by a government that did not vaccinate people when they were supposed to be vaccinated …” ”


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Church media spokesman Jerome Mika, a former Labor Party candidate and the party’s current vice president in the Pacific Islands, said no one on his team has heard from Collins or anyone in their office since the outbreak.

He said he was not sure which Pacific community Collins was referring to, but it was not a Church leader or crisis management team.

However, Mika said they had received messages of support from Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and held regular Zoom meetings with Pacific Peoples Minister Aupito William Sio.

He said a Zoom meeting with Ardern and the parish is planned for Friday.

South Auckland Pacific chairman Efeso Collins, a Labor councilor, said he had not heard from Collins or her office during the outbreak. He also said he hadn’t heard from Ardern.

“I’ve participated in very informative community zooms led by Aupito with the Prime Minister and the Director General of Health,” said Collins.

He said he has no family connection with Collins: “Perhaps the only connection I can make is that my wife is Samoan and that we talk to each other on a daily basis.”

Dr. Collin Tukuitonga, the Pacific Health Director for the Māngere Community and part of the Department of Health’s technical team, also confirmed that he had no contact with Collins or her office.

A spokesman for Judith Collins confirmed that she had no contact with the leaders of the Māngere Church.

The Prime Minister’s Office has been asked to comment.


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