SUPER SATURDAY VAXATHON
The Pasifika community were out all around Aotearoa today for Super Saturday's Vaxathon.
The vaccine push is the New Zealand's government attempt to get higher vaccination rates across New Zealand and has been dubbed 'a national day for action for vaccination'
We went to check out a few of the Pasifika community and health provider initiated Drive Thru vaccination events in Onehunga and South Auckland today.
Our friends at Radio New Zealand shared updates from Nelson and Porirua.
As at 7pm today 127,977 people had received the Covid-19 vaccine and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is still hoping to reach 150,000 by 8pm this evening.
You can check out today's live vaccine numbers broken down in this link here
The Cook Islands community handled the Pasifika Drive Thru event in Mangere at the LDS church car park on Robertson Road.
The vibrant area was filled with Kuki music, dancing Mamas & colourful ei katu
The Samoan community and health care providers as part of the Samoa Tutū Fa'atasi - Prepare Pacific Samoa campaign were out in force in Manurewa.
They took over the Browns Road netball Courts offering food parcels, petrol vouchers and sanitary products with a dose of siva Samoa.
In the South Island, members of the Nelson Tasman Pasifika Community Trust were at the whanau day at Nelson Intermediate School.
Around a hundred people there had received the Covid-19 jab by midday.
Nelson Tasman Pasifika Community Trust chair Sonny Alesana said reaching out on social media is helping to boost the number of Pasifika vaccinated in the top of the South Island.
Photos by Samantha Gee for Radio New Zealand
At the Pacific Covid-19 vaccination event in Porirua's Cannons Creek.
Cannons Creek, East Porirua. Live music, raffles, food, basketball and vaccinations have drawn large crowds from the community.
Photos by Moera Tuilaepa for Radio New Zealand
The Tongan community and health care providers from Langimalie, Tongan Health Society Inc provided a party atmosphere reminiscent of the MMT supporters for their Drive Thru Vaccination station in Onehunga.
The vibe was Party Central
It was a massive set up out in Otara with both testing and vaccination stations set up and running simultaneously in the MIT & Otara Shopping Centre car park.
Pasifika sports stars like Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Brad Mika, Tino Pululeuligaga & Taylah Tomokino-Johnson were out to show love to their South Auckland community.
Food parcels for those in need, Mr Whippy icecream and sausage sizzle was also on offer for those coming through.