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The Daily Wire

Keeping us connected


Friday, April 17, 2020
In this issue...

Our diary entry - Omarama school online; more info to help businesses, plus bits and bobs you might need.
Hi everyone, 

* just to let you know, unless there is an urgent message, the Daily Wire is taking two days' break - see you again Monday :)

*Changes are coming soon as we transition to level three 
The best place for reliable up to date information is this:

 
Here is the link to the Government's one stop shop
for all things Covid-19- related https://covid19.govt.nz/

(There are daily updates, check it out.)


Radio New Zealand is the best radio station to tune to for the latest updates, or check its site for news. Listen Live FM 97.3 MHz Omarama,  Ch-50 on Freeview TV, CH-421 on Sky TV, via the internet rnz.co.nz/audio/live/national

*Please get in touch if you have a message you want to get out to the community.

*Please scroll to the end for email order instructions and forms for Four Square, instructions from Kurow Medical Centre and info from the Waitaki District Council.

*Remember, we'd love a diary entry from you for our community record about how you've spent your 'day in the life' in these extraordinary times.

Let's stay close whatever the distance
- Ruth
Click here to message, contribute, or subscribe to the Daily Wire.
Here is the link to the Government's
one stop shop for all things
Covid-19 https://covid19.govt.nz/
More information to help businesses 
The Government has provided more wide-ranging information for businesses about workplace restrictions when operating at different Covid-19 alert levels.
The information can be found at the COVID-19 Government information for businesses site business.govt.nz 
How to - LiveBid, online livestock auction 
Let Madison and Snow, of Peter Walsh & Associates, talk you through the process...
 
Change of fire season
From tomorrow, Saturday, Fire and Emergency New Zealand's central zone will move from a prohibited fire season (Total Fire Ban)  to a restricted fire season.
Fire permits are required during a restricted fire Season to light fires in the open air. 
Due to the current COVID -19 alert status, permits will be assessed on a case by case basis and all 
applicants will be contacted.
Principal rural fire officer Graeme Still says  the ban has been lifted because of the change in weather conditions.  
"However, only fires that are necessary will be granted a permit in order to keep our firefighters safe in their bubbles."
Necessary fires are fires required to destroy bio-hazards, such as infected beehives or to assist in horticultural production, such as orchard waste, burning crop stubble and land preparation for feed crops and forestry management. 
The dry summer has resulted in extremely dry vegetation which takes longer to regain moisture and reduce fire danger levels.
People granted fire permits will still need to plan ahead and take responsibility for any fires they light.
If you have any questions relating to fire go to https://www.checkitsalright.nz/ or phone 0800 673 473.
 
BBC News - Reality Check
Is it fake news? Here's a reliable site that sifts falsehood from fact
https://www.bbc.com/news/reality_check
Our Coronavirus Diary - Day Twenty-three
By Jack and Paige Doree.

Dear Diary

Today our morning started off, online, with our Teachers and school friends. 
Mrs Denton gave us some tasks to do for the weekend, like take a funny picture and learn a new maths game.
Mrs McKenzie showed us how to make a bookmark that looks like a monster, it was fun.
We are also researching a famous New Zealand person.
Thank you Mrs McKenzie and Mrs Denton we both had a great time.
This afternoon we went out to the farm to shift some sheep and Paige and I cut down some pine trees.
We also fed the dogs. 
We can't wait to get to level 3 so that the builder can come back and finish building our house so we can live at the farm.
Hope everyone is safe and thanks to all our essential workers.
Keep it up we are doing a great job beating Covid -19.
We cant wait to get back and see all our friends, in person.
Memories of last summer
Opening Omarama's recipe book 
Our most treasured recipes
The late Richard Halstead was a renowned glider pilot who operated out of Omarama Airfield for many years.
He was also an accomplished chef and created various lamb dishes augmented with red wine and rosemary.
 
Together at home
Helping tamariki when times are tough

Sparklers At Home has ideas from how to talk to kids about Covid-19, to simple ideas for staying grounded, feeling good, and juggling home work and learning.

 

You know the words ... 
3pm, Saturday, April 18, 2020

The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra believes in the power of music to promote solidarity, particularly in unprecedented times. We wish all New Zealanders to participate in a mass musical item.

See if you can puzzle this out...
(Click below to do the puzzle)
The answer - We're Better Together.
Omarama school, Anzac display 2016

https://jigex.com/v2B7 
The Noticeboard

Mobil Omarama will be open from 8am to 6pm 
seven days a week including the Easter weekend.

Stay safe and be kind 

 


Challenge Omarama - the store is closed.
Fuel is available 24-hours via the pump pay station.
 
 

WINTER SUPPLIES
If you're in need of essential winter supplies like heaters, blankets etc, you can still purchase these from online retailers during Alert Level 4.


FROM NETWORK WAITAKI
"To ensure that we can keep the power flowing safely and reliably, we need to get back into essential maintenance and equipment replacement to ensure our network remains safe and reliable.  Like any system it needs maintenance and attention so it doesn’t break down.
Over the coming weeks, you’ll start to see our crews out there getting back into work.  Some of the work we do means we can’t keep everyone two metres apart, but they are working in their own extended bubbles and we have health and safety measures in place to minimise the risk.  
Where possible we will do the work in such a way that we keep the power on, but there might be some work we have to do where we need to switch the power off.  
We’ll let you know well in advance if this is going to affect you - we know the timing isn't great but with enough planning we hope to minimise the disruption to your household.  We apologise in advance for the inconvenience."

Network Waitaki ask that you refer to its Facebook page for regular updates 

RUBBISH COLLECTION SERVICES
People are advised to put on disposable gloves before moving bins and to wash hands thoroughly afterwards. The handles can be a coronavirus hot-spot and must be treated like any other surface, doorknobs, stair rails etc, collectors say.

PLAYGROUNDS ARE CLOSED

OMARAMA GOLF COURSE IS CLOSED.

SPORTS COURTS ARE CLOSED

OMARAMA AND  OTEMATATA RESOURCE RECOVERY PARK
Omarama open: Wednesday and Sunday – 9am to 11am
Otematata open: Wednesday and Sunday – 1pm to 3pm
Household rubbish: Only bags of household/domestic waste and essential commercial waste will be accepted. There will be no charge for bags, however, there is a limit of two bags per car, per week (car registrations are recorded to monitor this).
Commercial rubbish: commercial waste from current account holders will be accepted with no gate charge, and invoiced later.
To safely manage these facilities under current circumstances and to protect the facility operators’ wellbeing, please note the following conditions for using this service over the next four weeks:
• No recycling (either clean and store at home, or dispose of as rubbish)
• No green waste
• Place all waste in the marked area
• One person out of a car at any one time only
• Please do not talk to the booth operator
• Please leave promptly


And please, do not enter a recovery park  if you are unwell, have travelled outside of NZ in the last 14 days; or have been in close contact with someone with a confirmed or suspected case of Covid-19. Thank you!
 

Essential services operating in Omarama

Omarama Four Square (see below for how to place an order)

Omarama Veterinary Clinic - please phone ahead. 03 438 9868
" The veterinary professional has been given an official ‘essential service’ status and therefore will continue to be able to supply seasonal requirements. We have had assurance from suppliers that there will be no issue with supply (or logistics), so we would urge everyone that there is no necessity to stock up or forward purchase.
When you do visit our clinics you may be met at the front door to ensure that we regulate the number of people in the building at any point in time. Phoning ahead can allow orders to be prepared in advance and these can be brought to your car.

Firewood supplies:
SupplyMoore Yard

"Under current conditions we are still able to deliver your firewood if supply is necessary, we would like to do this without any contact so delivery instructions are important, post delivery we will text our bank details for payment, the yard will be closed for pick up so please text or message orders to us or Emma on 027 635 5664

Gas supplies:
Rockgas Mackenzie Country 
http://www.rockgasmackenziecountry.co.nz/
From AA New Zealand

Effective from Friday, April 10, WoFs, CoFs and driver licences that expired or after 1 January 2020 will be temporarily extended.
Once we start adjusting back to business as normal, the New Zealand Transport Agency will advise of expiry dates for these documents, which could extend up until 10 October 2020. 
Vehicles are still required to be safe to operate on a public road.
If you're an essential worker, 15 AA Auto Centres nationwide can provide appointment-only WoFs and urgent vehicle repairs. 
We've covered the key info about the extension and all of our services at aa.co.nz/covid-19-faq/
Waitaki District Council update
The Otago Welfare Help centre operates 7am-7pm
on 0800 322 4000 or help@otagocdem.govt.nz
 



WHAT'S OPEN?
The council has launched a ‘What’s open in Waitaki’ page.
The directory will be part of the Covid-19 Waitaki Response page and aims to list all businesses that are staying open during New Zealand's Covid-19 Level 4 alert.
The response page also includes information on council services and facilities, support for people and businesses.
At present, the list includes medical centres and  pharmacies, vets, food and service providers, service stations and transport options.
Council economic development manager Gerard Quinn said it was still working with local businesses to fill this list and encouraged everyone who wanted to be included to get in touch and register by emailing wdced@waitaki.govt.nz The council needs to know your location, contact details and a website link so people can check for any specific conditions.
Business owners are reminded that it is the business’s responsibility to ensure they are acting according to the law while staying open. If businesses are uncertain about whether or not they can continue to operate they are urged to contact MBIE by emailing essential@mbie.govt.nz or calling 0800 22 66 57 (9 am to 5 pm).

Waitaki District Health services
There is a bright green tent by the side door of Oamaru Hospital's Emergency Department. This tent has been supplied by St John. It will 
provide a clinical space for hospital staff to see persons that may have Covid-19 or other infectious conditions.
There will be security presence around the tent and no one is to enter this tent unless directed to by an ED staff member. ED staff members will use this space to take history and swabs where this is clinically indicated. 
The tent will be used to keep the  ED  Covid-19 free for as long as possible.
The public are to present to the side door of ED if unwell.
Staff will talk to you through the intercom and may either have you enter ED or be directed to the tent.
IMPORTANT: Unless it is an emergency - call your GP anytime if you are unwell.  There is a GP available at all times

Oamaru Hospital has released information about the plans it has in place to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic. Read about these and find answers to frequently asked questions here.

All boat ramps at the Waitaki Lakes are now closed, this includes those administered by the Waimate District Council.

DELIVERIES please have the necessary items left at your door. Avoid any physical interaction with the delivery person and keep a distance of two metres. This will protect you both from exposure to COVID-19. Wash your hands thoroughly after receiving anything.

COURIER or post parcels and packages.
You should only post or courier items that are essential to the provision of the necessities of life. the postal and courier service is busy helping society receive items and goods that are essential. Adding additional pressure and burden to that service may impact on society's wider ability to get through this period and stop the virus.

WET WIPES  Please pop them in the bin - don't flush them down the toilet. Wet wipes don't disintegrate like loo paper, so flushing them can cause major blockages and breakdowns at wastewater plants, and they'll break your loo, too. Do you really want to be stuck at home with your kids and a blocked toilet?
 

The Waitaki District pandemic response information page is here:
https://www.waitaki.govt.nz/our-services/emergency-management/Pages/pandemic-response.aspx

The Waitaki District Council facebook page is here
 
Omarama Four Square | 10 Chain Hills Highway | Omarama 9448 | Phone: 03 438 9895
 
 Open Monday to Saturday, 9am to 6pm  

CLOSED SUNDAYS
 
While New Zealand is at Covid-19 alert level 4 and in our ongoing efforts to ensure the safety of our local and wider community, and our staff and their families - we offer the following options regarding your grocery requirements – should you be unable to, or simply prefer not to shop personally during this time of  uncertainty.
 
1.       Email order - and collect
2.       Email order - and delivery (within the township). 
 
This service is available Monday – Friday
Please send orders to - omarama@foursquare-si.co.nz
 
Emailed orders need to be received by 4pm (Sunday – Thursday) for delivery/collection Monday-Friday between (10am-12pm).  Please email if at all possible and refrain from phoning through orders.
 
Please find attached a template grocery order form to be completed, which on receiving – our team will put together for you – for either collection or delivery. 
At this stage, communication indicates stock levels of core lines are being maintained,
however further updates may see some non-essential lines reduced - alleviating unnecessary pressure on deliveries/transportation of goods.
 
Options for payment:
1.       Charged to existing account
2.       Payment by direct credit
3.       Payment on collection
 
Any significant updates affecting this current service will be communicated.
 
Stay safe everyone. 
From Alona and Blair, and your Four Square team
There are two ways to access the order form...
(In both cases the completed form must be emailed
to: omarama@foursquare-si.co.nz)

1. Click here to download the Microsoft Word form.
         * save it to your computer. 
         * type in your order, save it, attach it to the email and send.


2. Click
here to open the form as a PDF.
      * download the form and save it to your computer
      * print it
      *write your order on the form
      *scan it or photograph it, attach it to the email and send.

Shopping safely guidance now available

31 Mar 2020

Simple guidance is now available for people in New Zealand to keep themselves and others safe while doing their supermarket shop. 

The information covers:

  • how to prepare so you can get in and out quickly
  • tips to keep 2 metres away from other shoppers and supermarket staff
  • hygiene tips for while you shop
  • what to do with your groceries when you get home.

Find out more about shopping safely

 

On the Spot Otematata
 
The daily trading hours are:
Monday to Friday – 9am to 2pm
Saturdays – 9am to 1pm
Sundays – closed
 
"We are endeavouring to meet all your requests for the products you need. Unfortunately if these items are not something we stock, then there will be a delay in getting them. We only receive general groceries on a Tuesday and Thursday and the close-off time for us to order stock is two days prior to each of these days. Fruit and vegetables are received every day during the week, so what you need today will generally be here the next (subject to availability).
Fresh bread, milk and dairy products are received Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
Deliveries – Thank you to all those using our free delivery service.
This has resulted in fewer people visiting the store, ensuring that both you and we remain as safe as possible. We are now delivering daily (Mon-Fri) to all areas, so even if you only require one item, please don’t hesitate to email: westroad83@gmail.com or zebgts@gmail.com or phone (03) 438-7648. It’s no problem and we are probably going past your address anyway.
The daily close-off time for deliveries is midday (Monday to Friday). Any orders received after this time will be delivered the next week day. Deliveries are only made on week days, so please ensure that you have everything you need before midday on a Friday. 
Payment – Thank you for the speedy payments. Please don’t feel pressured to pay for every single delivery. We have a number of customers who are receiving deliveries every day, so please feel free to just paying several small deliveries together. If you don’t have access to internet banking, please give us a call.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us if we can help in any way."

Best wishes and stay well...
On The Spot - Otematata
Ph (03) 438-7648
Kurow Medical Centre and its satellite clinics
in Twizel (Mackenzie Health Centre Private Clinic)
and Omarama (Community Hall)

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT FROM KUROW MEDICAL CENTRE
AND MACKENZIE HEALTH CENTRE.

In order to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and to protect our vulnerable at-risk patients we have been asked by the College of General Practitioners to only see patients at our clinics if they really need to be seen.
For all other appointments, we will now do these via telephone OR virtual Consultations (for this you will need a computer, laptop or smart phone so we can send you a link to download). All screening appointments i.e. Health Heart Checks, Diabetic checks, Cervical Smears etc. will be re-scheduled for a later date.

PLEASE DO NOT COME TO THE MEDICAL CENTRE
(OR OMARAMA COMMUNITY CENTRE ON TUESDAYS)
UNTIL YOU HAVE PHONED AHEAD FIRST!
WE HAVE BEEN ADVISED TO TAKE THE PRECAUTION 
OF LOCKING THE CLINIC DOORS!

Call 03 436 0760 or 03 976 0503 to speak with the Doctor or Nurse.
Please be reassured you WILL be seen if your condition is urgent!

Our aim is to bring in patients one at a time from their cars.
Flu shots are now in and will still be given to patients who are eligible but this will now take place outside the clinics and preferably whilst you are sitting in your car.
Again phone ahead first to arrange a time with the nurse.
Thank you for your understanding during these difficult times.

Take care and keep safe, Juliet and Tim.

8 Wynyard St, Kurow  
P: 03 4360760  F: 03 4360780 
E: info@kurowmedicalcentre.org.nz 
W: www.kurowmedicalcentre.org.nz   
www.facebook.com/kurowmedicalcentre 

The Mackenzie Health Centre is our Twizel Satellite Clinic at:
3A Benmore Place, Twizel. Phone: 03 976 0503 Fax: 03 436 0780

Omarama Clinic at Omarama Community Centre, Chain Hills Highway, Omarama.
Phone: 03 4360 760, Cell: 027 434 7464.

How goes it today?
Other places to find support - click below to go to websites

YOUR SAFETY COMES FIRST
- Police message to people facing family harm

The police are urging anyone with concerns or information about family harm in their community to get in touch as soon as they can, as level 4 restrictions bring new pressures to whānau and home environments.  
“We want everybody to know police will continue to prioritise family harm incidents and we will come when you call," assistant commissioner Sandra Venables said.
“We realise this is a hard time for some families and we want them to know police are there for them.
"We know that for some people, home right now may be an uncomfortable or scary place. 
“It may also be harder for some people to contact police or other agencies as they may not have easy access to a phone.  
“Let me be clear, if you are in immediate danger and you cannot call us on 111, leave your house and get out of harm’s way. Your safety comes first. Get to a safe distance and then ask a neighbour, or a passer-by (at a two metre distance) to call 111 for you.   
“We also urge neighbours and friends to contact police if they have concerns. If you think something’s not right, it probably isn’t. 
“It’s okay to call Police if you’re worried about someone as they may not be able to speak up for themselves. It’s everybody’s responsibility to help keep each other safe right now through this challenging time. You could be saving a life. 
“We know there are also people out there who don’t want to harm their loved ones but who are facing an internal struggle. To them I say: please stay strong, please walk away and take a moment so you don’t do something you’ll regret to someone you love.  
“You can reach out to us, or you can contact one of many support services listed on the Covid-19 website. They are there to support every member of your family and whānau.”   
The police have worked closely with Ministry of Social Development to ensure there is temporary accommodation for people under Police Safety Orders.
And police, the Joint Venture Business Unit, and MSD have also worked together to ensure 0800 Hey Bro (a number for men who feel they’re going to harm a loved one) has been able to operate nationally during COVID-19.  
“We know being around the same people 24/7 can be a challenge, and we know for some people this may make them fearful, at risk, or on the edge of doing harm. So if you feel fearful or threatened, please reach out." 
A list of support services is below:
211 Helpline (0800 211 211) – for help finding, and direct transfer to, community-based health and social support services in your area. 
Find your Local Women's Refuge by calling 0800 743 843 (0800 REFUGE) to be linked up with an advocate in your area. 
Victim Support – call 0800 842 846. 
Victim Information Line/Victim Centre – call 0800 650 654 or email victimscentre@justice.govt.nz
Shine domestic abuse services – free call 0508 744 633 (9am to 11pm) if you're experiencing domestic abuse, or want to know how to help someone else.  
Family violence information line – call 0800 456 450 to find out about local services or how to help someone near you.  
Elder Abuse Helpline – call 0800 32 668 65 (0800 EA NOT OK) - a 24-hour service answered by registered nurses who can connect to local elder abuse specialist providers.  
Tu Wahine Trust – call 09 838 8700 for kaupapa Māori counselling, therapy and support for survivors of sexual harm (mahi tukino) and violence within whānau.  
Shakti New Zealand – call 0800 742 584 for culturally competent support services for women, children and families of Asian, African and Middle Eastern origin who have experienced domestic violence.  
Safe to Talk – sexual harm helpline. Call 0800 044 334, text 4334 or email support@safetotalk.nz.  
Rape Crisis Centres – call 0800 88 3300 for contact details of your local centre. 
Male Survivors Aotearoa New Zealand – call 0800 044 344. 
Tu Wahine Trust – call 09 838 8700 for kaupapa Māori counselling, therapy and support for survivors of sexual harm (mahi tukino) and violence within whānau. 
ACC Sensitive Claims Unit – call 0800 735 566 for access to services related to sexual abuse or sexual assault. 
Hey Bro helpline – call 0800 HeyBro (0800 439 276). 24/7 help for men who feel they're going to harm a loved one or whānau member. 
Korowai Tumanoko – text or call 022 474 7044 for a kaupapa Māori service for those with concerning or harmful sexual behaviour.  
Need to Talk? 1737 – free call or text 1737 any time for support from a trained counsellor. 
Youthline – call 0800 376 633, free text 234 or email talk@youthline.co.nz
Kidsline – call 0800 54 37 54 (0800 kidsline) for young people up to 18 years of age (24-hour service). 
Skylight– call 0800 299 100 helping children, young people and their families and whānau through tough times of change, loss, trauma and grief. 
Oranga Tamariki – call 0508 325 459 (0508 FAMILY) or email contact@ot.govt.nz for concerns about children and young people.
 
Advice for Farmers
- from the Waitaki Emergency Response group
 
Otago Rural Support Trust: 0800 787 254 (0800 RURAL HELP) continues to provide its support service over the phone or on Skype/Zoom during lockdown.
They can help connect farming families with business advice, suppliers, financial information, health, and counselling services. Their services are free and confidential.
Guidance is going out to farmers about managing under meatworks’ capacity restrictions.
See https://beeflambnz.com for details.
Industry groups and MPI have launched a stock feed planning service for all farmers nation-wide.
Toll free numbers:
drystock farmers call 0800 BEEFLAMB (0800 233 352), dairy sector 0800 4DAIRYNZ (0800 4 324 7969), anyone can call 0508 AGFIRST (0508 243 477).
See MPI’s COVID-19 & Primary Industries FAQ webpage for more information:
Industry and MPI are also preparing advice about the 1 June dairy “Gypsy Day” changes, which will be promoted by industry groups and Federated Farmers.
We've got this! 
Stay tuned...catch you again Monday :)
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Here is the link to the Government's one stop shop
for all things Covid-19- related https://covid19.govt.nz/

(There are daily updates, check it out.)

Radio New Zealand is the best radio station to tune to for the latest updates, or check its site for news. Listen Live FM 97.3 MHz Omarama,  Ch-50 on Freeview TV, CH-421 on Sky TV, via Internet rnz.co.nz/audio/live/national

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Just to let you all know, there will be no Omarama Gazette or Otematata Chronicle produced while New Zealand is at alert level 4 in the fight against the spread of Covid 19.
Instead there will be the Daily Wire with the latest updates sent each day at 4pm-ish by email.
For those who advertise regularly in the Gazette and Chronicle, I will extend your present  contract arrangement accordingly once regular transmission resumes.
Please contact me if you would prefer a refund - many thanks for your support.
Omarama Gazette
Editor: Ruth Grundy,
021 294 8002, 03 438 9766
Email: omaramagazette@gmail.com

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