The fight against Measles

What was once a near-eradicated disease, is now on a continual rise that has yet to peak and has forced the opening of a new measles unit at Middlemore Hospital. It spread throughout central and west Auckland before we began to see the South Auckland rise. Herd immunity (look it up) has been lost thanks to the spread of another virus – online memes.

A Call to Superheroes – the fight against P

It’s been seven years since I sat in a room with Tongan mothers, desperate to kick their addiction to P, pleading for help so that they could be reunited with their children. Their pleas still haunt me today. Like each of the ministries represented in this country, it is not in good practice to work in silos, because “issues” cut across. In the same sense, while we tackle the drug issues in Aotearoa we cannot turn a blind eye to what is happening in the Pacific on route Aotearoa and Australia.