Whaea Heeni is a stalwart of Pukepoto and her iwi of Te Rarawa. She explains how the pandemics affected her whānau and the remedies whānau were given in order to protect their loved ones.
One of those remedies is to keep them hydrated. A loved one of hers was in charge of caring for a whānau member who needed to constantly drink water. Exhausted, she fell asleep during the evening and did not hear her younger sister crying out for water. Her younger sister later passed that evening and she felt overwhelming guilt for not having heard her. Whaea Heeni also mentions the tikanga used to notify the community of recent mate, including the use of a gun to warn te iwi.