Latai’s Lockdown Diary – 10 years of age

Malō e lelei, my name is Latai and I’m nine years old. I am Tongan and I go to St Anne’s Catholic School in Manurewa. This is my story of what Lockdown was like for me.

I am an only child and I have two bubbles. I stay with my mum on school days and I go to my dad’s house on weekends and holidays. I wasn’t sure what to expect during this Lockdown but I was looking forward to spending time at home with my mum and my baby cousin.

Plan A leaves a better legacy

A group of academics caused some controversy when they proposed a Covid 19 Plan B to the current lockdown approach. I have much respect for these academics who have extensive knowledge and expertise in their field of work, notably not in the field of infectious diseases. In their rather mild defence, the science they reference has some merit, but was devoid of important context.

Fight the virus, not the family

Akaue’anga (Duty of Care) – Every Turanga, Pirianga has Akaue’anga.  This is the acknowledgement and fulfilment of individual and collective duties.   This is a “Duty of Care” that is tied to each role we have.  As a son, my brothers turanga means he often checks up on my parents, making sure they’re watching what they eat or exercising in the bubble and in return they ask him how his day has been especially after a shift as an essential worker.

New research to get a better night’s sleep for tamariki

A new strategic research project with the aim of improving sleep for pepi and their whanau has been awarded $1.7 million over three years by A Better Start National Science Challenge. As well as improving sleep, this project also aims to reduce excessive weight gain in young tamariki (0-2 years), and to improve wellbeing among tamariki and their caregivers.