We are living in difficult times. COVID-19 has forced children out of schools, elderly into further isolation and most significantly, it has exposed the crippling social inequalities that the most vulnerable in our communities have endured for far too long. While the rest of New Zealand are on lockdown, essential workers are sacrificing time away from their loved ones to ensure that the country runs smoothly and safely. This mini series aims to raise awareness, encourage hope and honour our people working on the frontline during COVID-19.
Constable Sina Seumanutafa is a frontline officer working in the Counties Manukau District. As an essential worker during COVID-19, Constable Sina has a short but important message for everyone in our community.
My name is Sina Seumanutafa and I am a Constable in the Counties Manukau area. I have been in the New Zealand Police for two years and a half.
This is a very stressful time for myself and my colleagues to work. Attending jobs and not knowing what to expect is hard but knowing that we’re protecting our families who are in isolation and our communities is what gives us energy to keep going.
My loved ones are worried for my health and safety but they do try and understand that this is my duty and what I signed up to do. My message to the wider public is to listen to the rules set out by our government officials to protect themselves and us.
We stay at work for you so please, stay at home for us! My message to those reading this is to stay calm, and be kind. These are scary times. Stay safe!
0508FAMILY- Oranga Tamariki (Reports of concern for children’s safety)
0508 744 633- SHINE
0800 787 797- Alcohol and drug helpline
0800 543 354 or free text 4357- Lifeline
0800 376 633 - Youthline
0800 111 757 Depression Helpline
0508 828 865 Suicide Prevention Helpline