Doctors and community health workers call South Auckland the front line in the fight against the virus and say many locals are very anxious.
Video from the last day of the team's stay at a Sydney hotel showed members of the squad singing from their balconies.
Buttabean Motivation foodbank staff said yesterday's report was "skewed" and didn't capture the extent of hardship amid the pandemic.
Questions remained about whether Pacific nations have the infrastructure to receive Covid-19 vaccines.
“Child poverty isn’t just a brown issue, or a left or right issue, a political issue as such. It’s a national issue,” report co-author Ronji Tanielu said.
“Immigration were quite threatening in terms of what would happen if they carried on to New Zealand,” NZ Cruise Association's chief executive said.
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1 NEWS understands hundreds of over-stayers have been caught up in the scheme including people stuck in New Zealand because of border closures.
Before going back to the Cook Islands, they would need to take a Covid test and have a negative result within 96 hours of take off.