Rangatahi Māori are taking to Tik Tok, Instagram and other channels to encourage each other to ‘get dotted’ from 6-7 November, in a city wide campaign, aimed at youth over the age of 12.

The mass ‘gotyadot’ events will be held at Eden Park and four Kura Tuarua across Tāmaki Makaurau.

‘gotyadot’ spokesperson, Pere Wihongi says

“It’s how we all communicate, especially during lockdown, we’re always on our phones. We know there are vaccine-hesitant rangatahi and we also know that the strongest influencers in this age group are our peers.”

“We’ve got kapa haka, sports and social influencers sharing their thoughts and experiences. But really pushing our message – ‘gotyadot’‘dot ya lot’‘connect ya dots’ because we all miss being connected.”

The initiative is backed by the Tāmaki, Tū Kotahi (Auckland, united we stand) collective of Tāmaki Iwi, Kapa Haka, Hauora Māori providers, Corporate Partners, Kura Tuarua and Whare Wānanga who want to get Tāmaki Makaurau dotted as quickly as possible.

Ngāti Whātua Orākei Whai Maia’s Chief Executive Rangimarie Hunia is also supporting Tāmaki Tū Kotahi and says the meaning of ‘ira dot’ goes far beyond the physical.

“This kaupapa is a tangible way to demonstrate ‘mahi tahi’ by working together in our united approach, goes straight to the heart of what matters most, being able to connect with one another again. I know this event will help get us there faster.”

Eden Park (Ngā Ana Wai) Chief Executive Nick Sautner is delighted the main ‘gotyadot’ event will be held at the stadium.

“This is where rangatahi come to cheer on their favourite rugby teams, where they will be able to gather for concerts, and where they will be joining their whānau for the biggest event on the Māori calendar in 2023, Te Matatini Festival.

“This campaign calls out to the rangatahi of Tāmaki Makaurau and their whānau, on 6-7 November we welcome them to Eden Park and the supporting Kura Tuarua to get dotted. We are all doing our bit to get Auckland to connect with one another again.”

Where to get your ‘dot’

More details about the ‘gotyadot’ events across Auckland will be available on @gotyadot.co.nz