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The Daily Wire

Keeping us connected

Monday, May 4, 2020
In this issue...

Today's update, notices and a bit of a catch up.
 
Hi Everyone

Please check the notices throughout this email, there are several with new information, including new business hours for some.

From this week 'The Wire' will publish  each Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Take care, 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/
Living at alert level 3, today's update 

Check covid19.govt.nz for all information and daily updates


Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said details about Covid-19 alert level 2 restrictions would work  were discussed at today's cabinet meeting and would be announced on Thursday.
Listen to the full media briefing here

 



Business

  • Small businesses impacted by COVID-19 will be eligible to receive interest free loans for a year under the Small Business Cashflow Loan Scheme. Visit here for more information. 
  • Businesses must self-assess their ability to meet health and safety rules just as they would normally to meet their duties under the Health and Safety at Work Act. Government agencies will not make these decisions for businesses.
  • The Business.govt.nz website has more information about what you can and can’t do under Alert Level 3 as a business.
  • The WorkSafe website has general and sector specific guidance that will help businesses determine how they can operate safely. As a part of this, businesses are required to complete a COVID-19 Work Safe Plan  which has had staff input and is shared with staff.
- with thanks to the PINK GLIDER CAFÉ Blackboard
Why not make a plan to make a difference?
Photo: supplied

Do you see yourself in this picture?

By Jack Zorab

For our latest post, we hear from Zane who has nearly completed his training to become an officer within the brigade.
‘I’ve been a firefighter for 10 years now and have enjoyed all of the 10 years I’ve been a part of it. When I started, I never imagined myself as an officer running a fire ground but, with each of the different courses, they prepare you for what’s ahead. Your recruit and qualified firefighter courses focus on our firefighting skills whereas the senior course prepares you for a leadership role within the brigade. The officer course then gets into the nitty-gritty of running a crew with confidence and believing in the decisions you make. I’m very confident in saying that Fenz has some of the best training available. 
Progression through the ranks is very structured and easy to follow.
The skills you learn as you climb the ladder also help in your work life so it’s two for one really.’
 
For more information about what it takes to volunteer with Fire and Emergency NZ, check out https://fireandemergency.nz/volunteering or, if you want to have a chat, call Fenz Omarama chief Fire Officer Greg  Harper on 021 293 1171.
Follow the Omarama campaign here 
Can you help Fleur and Paul?
Greetings from our wee bubble in Whitianga!
We are trying to trace our heritage and have my husband's, grandmother's name as Isabelle (?) Marwick who lived in Omarama around 1915. We were wondering if it would be possible to ask the Omarama Gazette community if anyone would be connected to her in some way. Paul (hubby) is an only child of only children so it would be amazing to find some family out there 😊
Thanks for your time and all the very best to our fellow Kiwis in this very strange time,
kind regards, Fleur and Paul Clayton 🌸🌸🌸

[If you are able to help in anyway, let me know - email omaramagazette@gmail.com - and I'll put you in touch, Ruth]
This week's photo challenge - sunrise, sunset
Sunrise, Saturday May 2, 2020
- photos by Bruce Dow
Poached peaches in a pandemic
Our two young peach trees, the Pêche de Vigne and Golden Queen, grown because they are late varieties and for their intensely peachy flavour, were weighted down with fruit this year.
They've become part of our daily diet and no-one's grown tired of them yet.
We've used them every which way and popped some in the freezer for later.
We shared the muffin recipe last week.
This recipe is even simpler and everyone's favourite.
Put a few tree-ripened Black Boy peaches in a microwave proof bowl, cover with boiling water and microwave for 2 minutes or more depending on the number of peaches -  leave to sit in the bowl until the water is cool.
The fruit's fuzzy-fur coat just falls away. They easily break in half and despite not being a free-stone variety the stone will just slide out.
The glowing ruby halves are now ready to grace the top of a crispy toasted muesli, even better with a dollop of  creamy natural yoghurt on the side.
 
 
Together at home

Now here's an idea?

 

 
 


No-one narrates life's little dramas like Sir David
 
 
See if you can puzzle this out...
(Click below to do the puzzle)

The answer - We're Better Together.
International Fire Fighters' Day, May 4, 2020
Omarama telephone exchange fire, January 2018

https://jigex.com/Q4kg
The Noticeboard
Otematata Residents' Association

A decision has been made to move our next meeting (scheduled for Saturday, May 2) to Saturday May 9, and given restrictions under alert level 3, which we'll still be in, this will be done online.
 I'll be in touch closer to the date asking for agenda items and with details of how we'll run the meeting.
Secretary, Petrea McRobie, pmcrobie@xtra.co.nz 
 
Omarama Golf Club

Under Covid-19 alert level 3 restrictions, the Omarama Golf club is open to members only. It will not be open to green-fees players.
Those using the course must play within their bubble. Please do not touch the flags. There will be sleeves placed in the holes - the ball will not go in the hole. 
- Omarama Golf Club president Greg Harper.


Mobil Omarama is open 
Monday to Sunday
7am to 7pm

 


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

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 
 
PLAYGROUNDS ARE CLOSED

SPORTS COURTS ARE CLOSED
 

Essential services operating in Omarama

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.

OMARAMA AND  OTEMATATA RESOURCE RECOVERY PARK 
Omarama open: Wednesday and Sunday – 9am to 11am
Otematata open: Wednesday and Sunday – 1pm to 3pm
We strongly encourage residents not to stockpile rubbish on their property due to health risks, and to use one of the services available.​

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 use.
• Now accepting greenwaste
• No recycling (either clean and store at home, or dispose of as rubbish)
• 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


Please do not enter a recovery park  if you are unwell or have been in close contact with someone with a confirmed or suspected case of Covid-19. Thank you!

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/

ENVIRONMENT CANTERBURY
For information about services provided under Covid-19 alert level 3 click here
Omarama Four Square | 10 Chain Hills Highway | Omarama 9448 | Phone: 03 438 9895
 
 
Open Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm  


Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 6pm
 
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 

 

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


Sale of Alcohol 

 
Boots & Jandals Hotel  Omarama
 
can make home deliveries of spirits, RTDs, beer and wine.
 
Deliveries will be made Tuesdays and Fridays.
 
To place an order text Bruce 027 438 9722
 
or email info@bootsandjandals.co.nz
 
Orders must be in before the day of delivery.
 
CONDITIONS OF SALE
  
Limited to 3 x 1 litre bottles of spirits per purchase.
All orders will be invoiced and are to be paid online.
Proof of identification on request
 
Take care, stay safe, Bruce and Julie.
 

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.

Waitaki District Council update
The Otago Welfare Help Centre operates 7am-7pm
on 0800 322 4000 or help@otagocdem.govt.nz

 


Council services at  Covid-19 alert level 3

Recreation
 
Tennis – public facilities remain closed – this is because contact tracing must be managed, and facilities cleaned before and after each use, and sanitising products must be always available.
Gyms and public pools remain closed.
Cycling – enjoy local, easy trails that match your ability.
Remember that public toilets are still closed under Level 3 so don’t get caught out.
Public and school playgrounds are still closed, as are park furniture and water fountains.
Skate-parks are still closed.
All water-based activities involving boats or motorised craft or equipment, or scuba diving are not allowed. Parks and sports fields are open but maintain social distancing.
BBQs are still closed.
For more information visit this Sport New Zealand link
Building services: alert level 3 will be a return to semi-normal operations, including site inspections, albeit with strict distancing and health and safety rules in place.
Rubbish and Recycling: The council’s rural recovery parks and Palmerston Landfill will continue on reduced hours throughout level 3. From May 1 normal rubbish and greenwaste services will resume, including disposal charges. Payment will be by Eftpos only, and contactless payment is preferred. Recycling will not be accepted until the Waitaki Resource Recovery Park reopens.
Planning: The team are continuing to process resource consents and certificates remotely with priority given to those relating to essential services. Under level 3 it is possible to carry out physical site visits where needed, provided safety precautions are taken. The Government expects that any work that applicants are required to do, to address immediate health or life safety risks, or prevent serious environmental harm, must continue to be carried out. This includes the maintenance of control devices on mining, forestry sites, and urban and rural earthworks.
Parks and reserves: Downer's staff have resumed work. When using public spaces please respect the ‘bubbles’ they have and do not approach them to have a chat. If you do see anything that needs attention, please contact council on 03 433 0300 or report it through the Snap Send Solve App (find it on our website). 
Council meetings:  The council meeting at 9am, Tuesday May 12 and the additional council meeting at 9am on Tuesday May 26 will be held online via Zoom meeting and live-streamed to the public.
For further information click here

WHAT'S OPEN?
The council has a ‘What’s open in Waitaki’ page.
The directory is part of the Covid-19 Waitaki Response page which also includes information on council services and facilities, support for people and businesses.
Everyone who wants to be included can 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).
 
 
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
 
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.
“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.
Covid-19 Hotline – 0800 VIRUS19 (0800 847 8719) Use this line for any health concerns or if you need help with what to do if you are starting to show signs of Covid-19. Call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Mental Health and Wellbeing – 1737
This service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Financial Support – 0800 779 997
For individuals and families. Information on what assistance may be available to you. Call 8am-10pm, seven days a week.
Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand
At 83 and 81 respectively, John and Jill say the Covid-19 crisis is unlike anything they’ve previously experienced. Click the photo to read their  story.
 
Advice for Farmers
- from Emergency Management Otago
 
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.
Being sure to keep it contactless 
Stay tuned...catch you again Wednesday :)
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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 in April or May. 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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