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The Daily Wire

Keeping us connected

Thursday, April 16, 2020
In this issue...

Some serious stuff because you need to know; What moving to alert level 3 alert will mean; notices that matter; and today's diary entry.
Hi everyone

*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

(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

*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
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Here is the link to the Government's
one stop shop for all things
Be vigilant and be kind, says Dr Tim
As Covid-19 draws close to "our back door" it is vital to play by the rules designed to prevent the spread of the disease, Dr Tim Gardner, director of the Kurow Medical and Mackenzie Health centres says.
The instruction comes as a claim made on the Twizel Community Facebook page last night suggests there have been two confirmed cases of the disease in Twizel. 
The post has since been removed by the person who shared the information. 
Dr Tim said he was aware of the post. 
As of today, the Ministry of Health advise there are eight active cases of the disease in South Canterbury and none in Waitaki. 
Dr Tim said Twizel and Omarama residents could not afford to be complacent. 
“[The towns are] tourist meccas, it’s high risk. People may be hunkered down but not everyone follows the rules.” 
He said it was important to be vigilant about those rules and processes - like careful hand washing and keeping your distance - that had been proven to prevent the spread of the disease .
Following the rules was the best hope of eliminating Covid-19 and of reducing the risk of contracting the disease, he said. 
And he put his trust in the contact tracing system and  work being undertaken by public health officials “which we know works well” to arrest the spread. 
“Contact tracing appears to be working very, very successfully.” 
It made use of algorithms which were constantly being refined as more information came to hand, he said. 
“There is a feeling of hurry up and wait but we have to keep working to flatten the curve. 
“When it comes to our back door, we are well served by the system.” 
“When or if” it was appropriate the Director-General of Health, Ashley Bloomfield, would make information public about clusters of cases. 
“The system is robust. I think we can trust the system.”
Dr Tim said he was updated with the latest information in a conference call last night with doctors and health officials from throughout the southern district and he said, while there might yet be "a blip”,  officials believed the region’s statistics were coming in “all well under the current projections”, he said.  
He said he was more concerned about the stress and mental strain people were undergoing. 
People needed to "be kind".
“There’s some stress out there.
“The cracks will show in every small town … we can’t help that some will react.” 
He expected there would be a “major escalation of social and mental health issues”.
“How do we cope with it a year or three out?”
While there was no way to totally eliminate risk of catching the virus it was possible to lower the risk by adhering to the basics, "it’s the biggest defence".
“The processes are there. 
“They are designed for everyone’s well being - handwashing, social distancing … people need to be clear with others about the rules." 
Dr Tim said the Twizel and Kurow clinics were testing centres and staff were “testing people all the time”. 
The "usual domicile” of the person was used to decide which region the statistics would be assigned to.
What Covid-19 alert level three could look like
This afternoon the Government released further information about what moving to alert level 3 in the fight to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 might mean in practical terms.
In a press conference Prime Minster Jacinda Ardern made it clear the decision to move down a level would not be made until the Government could be certain it had the transmission of the virus under control and could tolerate a little more risk.
The decision would be made on Monday.
The Government's aim is to eliminate the virus from New Zealand.
It would not risk going to alert level 3 too early, she said.
"It is vital that everyone knows we are still under alert level 4, and all alert level 4 restrictions remain in place."
Under Alert Level 3 there will still be significant restrictions
on day-to-day activity.

Here are some changes from level 4:

- People must stay within their immediate household bubble, but can expand this to reconnect with close family / whanau, or bring in caregivers, or support isolated people. 
e.g. If a relative or loved one lives locally, and is currently alone you can extend your bubble to include them. If you are returning to work and need to establish child care or other care arrangements for those already in your bubble, a care provider can join your bubble.
- If you were in the wrong place when the restrictions came into place, and need to get home, you can now move throughout New Zealand to do so. You can only move once, and in one direction.
Exercise and recreation
People must stay safe (so that you do not need rescuing or medical care), and to stay physically distant from people outside of your bubble.
You can do activities that are local, which you can do safely, and which do not involve interacting with other people, or equipment touched by other people. You should go to your nearest beach or park, not your favourite one. Staying overnight at a bach or holiday home is not permitted.
If you want to go fishing you can do so from a wharf or the shore, but don’t cast off the rocks or fish from a boat (boating is not allowed).
Tramping is okay for day walks on easy trails, same for mountain biking if you are experienced and know the trail. Please be aware of maintaining two metres distance from other people.
You can not use any common equipment touched by people from outside your bubble.
You should drive as short a distance as you can, and still do the activity. You must stay local.
Hunting, boating, yachting and any team sports or training are not allowed.
You can drive to a nearby area to go for a walk or run, for example a beach 45 minutes away. This could mean travelling outside your region if the nearest beach or park is still within a close distance to your home.
Early Learning / Education Centres and schools will open for children up to and including year 10, with appropriate public health measures in place. All young people in years 11-13 will continue to learn at home. Physical attendance at school is voluntary, but all children not at school should be learning by distance. Play centres and play groups will be closed.
It will take at least a week for Schools and Early Learning Services to get ready to open after  Alert Level 3 is in place. Most tertiary education will be through distance learning.
Workers and businesses
Most, but not all businesses can start to open under Alert Level 3. They must take health measures to keep their workers safe. Workers must work from home if they can
Workplaces must operate safely – keeping one metre between workers, recording who is working together, limiting interaction between groups of workers, disinfecting surfaces, and maintaining high hygiene standards
Retail and hospitality businesses can only open for delivery and contactless pre-ordered pick up – customers cannot enter stores
Supermarkets, dairies and petrol stations can continue to allow customers into their stores, with the same restrictions and measures in place as Alert Level 4
Businesses cannot offer services which involve face-to-face contact or sustained close contact (e.g. hairdressing, massage, house cleaning, or door-to-door salespeople)
Other in home services can be delivered if it is safe to do so (like tradespeople for repairs or installations) – keep two metre separation from those in the house.
Travel and transport
Travel is still restricted, and is only allowed for permitted movement in your local area – e.g. for going to work or school, shopping, or getting exercise.
Public transport will still be available. You can use it to travel to work or school, but be aware there will be limited capacity. You should sit 2 metres away from other people on public transport.
Regional travel is allowed for permitted movement, with some exceptions.  (Detailed table about the settings at each Alert Level [PDF, 117 KB])
Other travel should not be undertaken. The risk of transmitting the disease is too high. This is not a time to take a holiday, travel between regions to celebrate birthdays or travel from one side of a city to the other to go to a supermarket when there is a suitable one in your local area.
If you need to go to work or school, you can make your usual commute, even if you cross a regional boundary to do so. You cannot travel to another region for a recreation or work (unless you are an essential worker travelling for work). 
Don’t travel inter-regionally, unless your local area crosses a regional boundary. Keep as local as you can, while doing your usual commute to work and school (if not working from home or doing distance learning).
Gatherings present a very high risk of transmitting COVID-19, and acceptable gatherings are very limited. Up to 10 people can gather for funerals and tangihanga, and wedding ceremonies (not receptions).
For those holding a wedding ceremony, the limit means there can only be the couple, the celebrant, a couple of witnesses and family. Most people will still need to attend through video conferencing. Those who do attend must keep themselves and others safe. Keep a list of those who attend, stay at least 2m  apart and wash hands regularly.
At risk people
People at higher-risk of severe illness (older people, or those with underlying medical conditions) are encouraged to stay home where possible, and take additional precautions when leaving home, like avoiding supermarkets, or touching any surfaces. Do not interact with people from outside your bubble. Consider getting others to deliver your supermarket shop, or ordering online.
People at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 should take extra precautions. They should discuss with their employer whether they can work from home, or other ways to keep them safe while at work and travelling to work. If they decide to stay at home, and cannot work from home they should agree with their employer what their leave and pay arrangements will be.
Staying safe and well
At every alert level:
Regularly disinfect surfaces
Wash and dry your hands thoroughly and regularly
Don’t touch your face
Stay home if you are sick
Get tested for COVID-19 if you have flu like symptoms – call your GP or Healthline
Continue to seek primary medical care.

To read all the information click here
Anzac Day 2020 - from the Returned and Services Association

In 2020, for the first time in history, Anzac Day Services across New Zealand have been cancelled to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
The RSA and New Zealand Defence Force would like you to join them to remember those who given their lives for our country. 
At 6am, Saturday, April 25 stand at your letterbox, at the front door, in your lounge rooms, balconies, in your driveway.
Wherever you are in the world, stand and take a moment to remember our fallen – but please stay within your ‘bubble’.

Tune into Radio NZ National (AM & FM frequencies)listen live on the internet or on your phone(download app here) for the official dawn service broadcast commencing at 6am.
Veterans are encouraged to wear their medals just as they would for the official public gathering. The morning service includes;
- The Last Post
- Ode of Remembrance in Te Reo and English 
- National Anthems
- Address by Hon. Ron Mark, Minister of Defence / Minister for Veterans

Can I share and trade goods in my community?

(advice from  
Because Covid-19 alert level 4 restrictions require people not to travel and not to have face-to-face contact items should not be posted or traded. 
It is recommended you avoid swapping or sharing items with neighbours.
Although it is a great time for a clean-out, store unwanted goods carefully until charity shops open again.
Except for approved essential items, avoid buying or selling in online auctions and market places.
Our Coronavirus Diary - Day Twenty-two
Bertie Purvis takes charge of lockdown routines at Kinloch. Photos/video: supplied

By Lindsay and Bev Purvis

Dear Diary
My name is "Bertie and I live at "Kinloch" at 18 Airport Road - most of the time! I do enjoy visiting my lady friends next door, they are very good to me so my bubble is as big as I want it to be.
As far as social distancing is concerned you can stick that, I will jump on anyone's knee for a smooch up - I did try to self isolate.

My humans tried to lock me down , but I managed to get the door open and escape to do my nocturnal visiting and hunting (see video below)

Normally Kinloch is a neat place to live with lots of trees which means lots of birds, mice and rabbits that I can hone my hunting skills on, but lately my humans have been here full-time keeping an eye on me and interfering with my bird hunting. But on the brighter side they don't leave me home alone as much now as they have done in the past, their wheelie bin has been out more than them.
Some of those people that they have got to feed me while they were away needed a damned good bite on the ankle, to keep them on their toes. NOT that I am a mean cat but you have just got to keep that food coming.
Alona and Blair and all the staff at Omarama Four Square do a great job of keeping those cat food shelves fully stocked.

Just prior to lockdown my humans had some friends come to stay and the garage was filled with these funny cool looking cars. 


It turns out they were quite cool to walk on and keep warm on the bonnet. They had another good friend Trevor visit one night and he turned out to be OK for a bit of a smooch, in fact he was an easy target really. 

So it seems that these humans of mine need a bit of help to get through this thing, but me just being here should be enough for them to survive, so I'll get on with my busy life and rest up here in case there's another can of cat food on offer in the laundry. 

Bye for now, Bertie 
And, if those people of mine think a door will keep me out
they have another think coming!
Opening Omarama's recipe book 

Our most treasured recipes,
as contributed by the cooks of Omarama, the country's finest!
Together at home
Peggy Square competition progress report
Let's make a Lockdown Peggy Square blanket or two.
Knit or crochet, any stitch, any wool, any pattern, so long as its 10cm square.
Prizes (modest) in all age groups for the most squares. 
Once the “lock down”  is over the squares can be placed in a plastic bag with a label  showing name and number of squares and placed in a container/s provided at the community centre. They will be washed and then joined together by volunteers into rugs, placed on display and given to those in need or auctioned so funds can be donated. There are many tutorials on YouTube to get you started.


Making tracks in time...
The World's Worst children?

See if you can puzzle this out...
(Click on the photo to do the puzzle)
The answer - We're Better Together.
Tomorrow, Friday, April 17, would have been Poppy Day 2020. This year, the Returned and Services Association has decided to postpone the appeal because of the Covid-19 crisis.
To read more about the annual appeal and get support if you need it click on this link.
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.

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.

"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 

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.




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)

Risks to veterinarians and questions over what essential services they should offer. Read more here

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
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
Waitaki District Council update
The Otago Welfare Help centre operates 7am-7pm
on 0800 322 4000 or

RESIDENTIAL CARE We know you might be worried about elders in care in Waitaki right now so we had a chat with Observatory Village general manager  Rosie Dwyer about the steps they are taking to keep everyone safe.

ANZAC DAY SERVICES will not be going ahead this year due to the restrictions in place in response to COVID-19. However, we're encouraging the people of Waitaki to honour all those who served and are still serving New Zealand in conflict and peacekeeping by standing alone but together on Anzac Day, 25 April. More details to come.

COMMUNITY TRUST DONATES FOR WELFARE NEEDS The Waitaki District Council has been awarded $25,000 from the Otago Community Trust which will be earmarked for the welfare needs of the Waitaki district during the Covid 19 pandemic.
The trust has donated the same amount to each Otago council in recognition of the fact while much of the costs of the Civil Defence and Welfare efforts are being met by Central Government at this time, councils faced extra costs as they respond to the needs of their individual communities.
Decisions on funding allocations will be made by councillors after looking at the needs identified by Safer Waitaki and other agencies. The Trust has also launched a larger Covid-19 Response Fund, details of this can be found on their website:​


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.

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 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 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

HOLIDAY HOME? Thinking of heading to the crib for a change of scene during lockdown? Yeah, we're thinking of flying to Mars. Just in case you're wondering, Virus says NO. You can only travel if you’re accessing essential services of if you’re an essential worker travelling to and from your essential work..

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:

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  

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 -
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

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: or 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)


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.


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 

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

- 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
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  
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
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 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 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.
- using what we have in the pantry 
Stay tuned...catch you again tomorrow :)
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