Inequities and perspectives from the COVID-Delta outbreak: The imperative for strengthening the Pacific nursing workforce in Aotearoa New Zealand
Te Reo Māori translation
He korenga e ōrite me ngā kitenga mai i te horapatanga o te mate urutā o COVID-Delta: Te whakahau kia whakapakaritia te ohu kaimahi tapuhi Moana-nui-a-Kiwa i Aotearoa
Abel Smith, MPP(Leadership), RN, Director of Nursing Pacific
Safaato’a (To’a) Fereti, MN RN, Chief Clinical Advisor Pacific; President – Pan Pacific Nurses Association
Sue Adams, PhD RN, Senior Lecturer/Co-Leader National Nurse Practitioner & Enrolled Nurse Workforce Programme, School of Nursing
Reference: Smith, A., Fereti, S., & Adams, S. (2021). Inequities and perspectives from the COVID-Delta outbreak: The imperative for strengthening the Pacific nursing workforce in Aotearoa New Zealand. Nursing Praxis in Aotearoa New Zealand, 37(3), 94-103. https://doi.org/10.36951/27034542.2021.040
The COVID-19 Delta August 2021 outbreak in Aotearoa New Zealand initially affected Pacific communities more than any other group, spreading later and rapidly to Māori. From the outset of the global pandemic, historical knowledge of health inequities and the adverse effect of previous epidemics and pandemics, signaled that Pacific peoples, and Māori, would be disproportionately affected by COVID-19. The purpose of this article is to provide an overview of the COVID-19 pandemic in relation to Pacific communities and to begin to capture the learnings for the health system and the Pacific nursing workforce. We use data to show the inequities present before and during the pandemic and highlight the opportunities that were missed early on for prioritising Pacific communities. As nurse leaders, involved with supporting and promoting the Pacific nursing workforce, we reflect on the nursing response to COVID-19 in those Pacific communities, and consider the contribution of Pacific nurses and how we support and strengthen the Pacific nursing workforce in Aotearoa now and in the future.
Te Reo Māori translation
Ngā ariā matua
I tino pā nui te horapatanga mate urutā COVID-19 i Aotearoa ki ngā hapori Moana-nui-a-Kiwa, he kaha kē atu i te pānga ki ētahi atu momo iwi, ā, nō muri mai ka horapa nui, ka tere horapa hoki ki a ngāi Māori. Mai i te tīmatanga o te mate urutā o te ao, nā te mātauranga mō ngā korenga e ōrite o ngā āhuatanga hauora nui, kua ara ake ngā matapae tērā pea ka kaha ake te mate rawa me te pā nui hoki o ngā raru hauora ki ngā iwi o Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa me ngā iwi Māori. Ko te whāinga o tēnei tuhinga he whakarāpopoto i te pānga o te urutā o COVID-19 ki ngā hapori o Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa, kia hopukina hoki ngā akoranga mō te pūnaha hauora me te ohu kaimahi tapuhi Moana-nui-a-Kiwa. Ka whakamahi raraunga mātou kia kitea ngā kōrenga e ōrite o mua, i waenga hoki i te mate urutā, kia whakatairangatia hoki ngā whāinga wāhi kāore i tutuki mō ngā hapori Moana-nui-a-Kiwa He kaihautū tapuhi mātou e tautoko ana, e whakatairanga ana i te ohu kaimahi tapuhi Moana-nui-a-Kiwa, ā, ko mātou tēnei e huritao nei mō te urupare tapuhi ki te COVID-19 i roto i aua hapori Moana-nui-a-Kiwa, me te huritao i te āwhina o ngā tapuhi Moana-nui-a-Kiwa, me pēhea hoki tā tātou tautoko, whakapakari hoki i te ohu tapuhi Moana-nui-a-Kiwa i tēnei rā, ā, haere ake nei.
Keywords / Ngā kupu matua
community / hapori; COVID-19; dialogue / whakawhiti kōrero; inequities / ngā korenga e ōrite; nursing / mahi tapuhi; Pacific / Moana-nui-a-Kiwa; primary health care / taurimatanga hauora tuatahi