A group of Cook Island Mamas are on a mission to make 5000 cloth masks by the end of next week.
The Vainetini New Zealand Collective has formed a social enterprise partnership Pasifika Futures to put their skills to use to help protect their family and Pasifika communities from Covid-19. They’re part of a nationwide group sewing in churches, halls and their homes.
The matriarchs will also be able to make a small profit from mask sales and learn about how to run a business.
Vainetini NZ Co-President Tukua Turia has turned her lounge into a sewing room.
“Since the lockdown, we don’t do anything we just stay home, do the housework,” she said.
“So when the [opportunity to make] masks comes up, and then we decided we’ll do some to help.”
Watch Tagata Pasifika's full report in the video above.