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The Daily Wire

Keeping us connected


Wednesday, April 22, 2020
In this issue...

Takeaway businesses need seal of approval;  Upper Waitaki Police Update # 4;
Today's diary entry, and so much more 
Let's make it a date -  7pm Tonight, when the fire siren goes.
We've done it! Let's count out week four at level 4!!
NOW, THAT'S SOMETHING TO MAKE A BIG NOISE ABOUT!

The Great Lock-down Bake-Off 
Let's share our local treasures - tell us your favourite and most requested recipe
Rather than copying it out word-for word (that's rather tedious), open your recipe book - click off a snap, as is where is, and email it to: omaramagazette@gmail.com
*Please get in touch with The Daily Wire if you have a message you want to get out to the community.

*Please scroll to the end, there is information throughout you might need to know.

*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.

Quote of the times 
"...and if you think you can find a loophole to level 3, you're missing the point."

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
Covid-19 https://covid19.govt.nz/
Takeaway operations need tick of approval
Food businesses that want to get up and running again next week must take the appropriate steps to make sure they comply with the Covid-19 alert level 3 food safety regulations.
After spending just on five weeks at alert level 4, the country will move to level 3 from Tuesday, April 28.
Under alert level 3 businesses which would normally deal directly with the public such as retail, hardware stores and restaurants can open but only for online or phone purchases and contactless delivery or click and collect, which means some may be able to offer takeaway food. 
The Ministry for Primary Industries - New Zealand Food Safety - has provided advice for food businesses wanting to reopen under alert level 3.
It includes guidance on making changes under the Food Act 2014, a food business checklist and a summary of safe work practices. Click here to read more
The Government regulator has waived the fees that would normally apply to registering a change in scope to an operation.
 This covers food businesses operating under the Food Act and the Animal Products Act.
It has also waived charges for the first required Remote Check, for food businesses who want to expand their business into making packaged chilled or frozen food for retail sale.
The Waitaki District Council gives little detail on its website about how it will manage changes.
However, it has recommended businesses make contact if they wish to change their operations.
"There is no one size fits all here but we’ll make it work best we can.
"Food businesses wanting to get up and running again must take steps to ensure food is safe and suitable, and requirements are being met.," it says on its Facebook page.
ANZAC DAY 2020 - WE REMEMBER AT HOME
Poppies at the window, Parsons Lane, Otematata
Upper Waitaki Police Update #3
Hi everyone,
Firstly I’d like to say thanks to you all for abiding by the rules, that’s Omarama, Otematata and Ohau townships. The last week and-a-bit has been fairly slow for me, which is a good thing.
I was even able to have a few days off, much to Ange’s delight, she kept moaning about having to now look after three kids instead of two, reckon this lockdown's getting to her. As hard as I tried I couldn’t find this “third child”…..reckon she’s losing it! (Hope she doesn’t read this).
I’m guessing most of you will be like me and wondering what the exact rules mean for us when we go down to alert level 3. Alert level 3 is not what it was prior to us moving to level 4, this new alert level 3 is on steroids, in that it is a lot more restrictive.
In all honesty, I don’t think it’s going to change too much from what we’re already doing. I’m still waiting for the official word from the 'Bosses' in Wellington who will provide specific guidelines and scenarios similar to what’s already been in the public forum for alert level 4. Once I have them I will let you all know how they fit in with us, for our specific area.
From what I can glean off the interweb, I think the duck hunters amongst us are going to be disappointed, I can’t see how duck shooting can go ahead under alert level 3. Perhaps it will be postponed? I hope so rather than being cancelled altogether. I see Fish and Game are likely to make an announcement for this on or just after, April 24. Just on that, if you have a maimai and were worried about not being able to peg it before April 5 due to the lockdown, Fish and Game have announced that all 2019 pegs will be valid through the 2020 season, so no new peg is required. See website for more;  https://fishandgame.org.nz/covid-19-information/covid-19-info-for-hunters
I’m afraid this also looks likely for hunting in that it will also be restricted, as there’s some degree of risk, which may mean you require assistance from medical services or SAR or both, therefore putting them at risk as well as yourself. Still no boating :( But you can go fishing at the lake, river or canal as long as you stay within your bubble and local area so that’s something. See more on their website. https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/things-to-do/hunting/covid-19-and-hunting/
Talking of bubbles I see they are stating that we may be able to extend our “bubble” to other family members etc. I’m not 100 % on the exact rules with this yet, so will get back to you with more guidelines to this, later.
In the meantime, remember we are still on alert level 4, the biggest issue with knowing that the end is near is that (some) people begin to think that they can break the rules or at least push the limit, I can see the excuses now; “What’s the big deal? Its only one day till it ends, anyway.” and so on. Yep maybe, but do we want to risk everything we’ve sacrificed already, by being stupid right at the end? I think not.
Police will be running checkpoints throughout the remainder of alert level 4, especially as the long weekend is coming up, to ensure that essential travel is undertaken only.
Hopefully I’ll have more info to share in the next few days.
In the meantime if you go to the below link, this FAQ pdf from the Government Covid-19 website for alert level 3 gives a lot of good information.
https://covid19.govt.nz/assets/resources/COVID-19-Alert-Level-3-Frequently-Asked-Questions.pdf

As always stay safe and feel free to call me if you have any questions or issues.
- Bean

Senior Constable Nayland Smith, Omarama Police.

021 191 4808 or email nayland.smith@police.govt.nz

Would this be a good fit for someone you know?

This bike was left with GlenCraigs by a traveller who needed to return home quickly because of the border closures. Glenys and Craig have generously donated this to Omarama Police for it to be given away.
Consequently, Bean is looking for a deserving someone who may need a bike but is unable to buy one.
Nominations can be sent via text message to Bean at 021 191 4808.


Our Coronavirus Diary - Day Twenty-eight
By  Pam Harding

Dear Diary,

I’ve lived in this district for over eight years now and love it. My idea of paradise is right here, right now in this amazing, relatively innocent part of the country, with its raw organic views still out there untouched by human hand. No wonder our gliders love it.
We have a staff of six to eight at our local school - a great team. I’m the part timer! 
At the moment I’m sitting waiting for the internet to oblige and connect a group of Omarama students from their homes. Zoom has an amazing capacity to allow for interactive teaching.  It’s quite mind-blowing and a steep learning curve for all with many neurons growing in the process!!
Today the internet's blipping and it's difficult. Finally it rallied enabling a  meeting with the Year 7-8 students. They defined leadership, naming examples and their defining qualities. It was a pleasure to hear what they shared.
A nice surprise for me over the past four weeks has been receiving my first card from Bailee [three-year- old grandee], her writing translated as such “I have drawn a butterfly and a snail. I want to come to your house but I’m so sad ‘cos the germs are here”. I wonder, like all the other grandparents around, how long it will be before I can hug her again.
I’m thankful for many things … the kindness shown unexpectedly, the messages, the peaches left on the back door, the strimmer who removed the weeds for his neighbour, the bears that have been popped in places to delight, the Daily Wire,  Bean's encouraging work to keep us all on track and the parents ensuring learning happens through experience which we are all having in spades.
There seems to be continuous ingenuity flowing in all directions and I also wonder …has Autumn always been this beautiful? Or is it just that we now have time to notice at a deeper level its resplendent vibrancy.
This week's photo challenge
- the last week at Covid-19 alert level 4 (we hope) 
From next week, we move to Covid-19 alert level 3 .
You know the drill - stay home, wash hands, be kind. We can beat this thing!!!
Accordingly, here is the next photo challenge - take a quick pic from your couch to mark these last few days at Covid-19 alert level 4  and email them to Omaramagazette@gmail.com 
Let's share what we can and maybe a have few laughs!

Photo below: A picturesque view of the first snow of winter 2020,
by Malcolm Cameron
Together at home
Sunshine and shadows
- check out the Inspiration station



 
 

Now, this is a bit of a mystery...

See if you can puzzle this out...
(Click below to do the puzzle)
The answer - We're Better Together.
Anzac Day, Omarama 2019
https://jigex.com/aq61
Kia Kaha, good friends
We'll never walk alone
The Noticeboard


Mobil Omarama will be open from 8am to 6pm 
seven days a week 

 


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 

Information about the Omarama Golf Course operations under alert level 3 will be updated shortly.

PLAYGROUNDS ARE CLOSED

SPORTS COURTS ARE CLOSED

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
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


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!

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.

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

TODAY: FOOD BUSINESSES
Takeaways and deliveries are allowed under Covid-19 alert level 3 so if your business wishes to make a change to normal operations check the MPI guidelines for food premises transitioning from level 4 to Level 3: Click here to find out more. Then contact the council and advise what you intend to change.
 
TODAY: WAITAKI LAKES CAMPING GROUNDS
Under Alert Level 3 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. This means that people may NOT travel to collect their caravans or pack down their campsites under Level 3. Each camp is still being monitored regularly and this will continue for as long as needed. As soon as we have information about Level 2 and/or the ability for people to travel to collect caravans, we will update the Waitaki District Council website and Facebook page as well as the Waitaki Lakes Camps Facebook page.
For any further queries, please contact Lucianne White, Recreation Officer, on lwhite@waitaki.govt.nz

TODAY: From the Otago Daily Times 
Waitaki ratepayers can breathe a small sigh of relief amid the Covid-19 crisis, as the Waitaki District Council acts to assist those under financial pressure.
In a letter delivered to the district’s ratepayers, accompanied by rates assessments due on May 25, Waitaki Mayor Gary Kircher has outlined how the council will go about easing its expectations on ratepayers. Penalties if rates due at the end of May are not paid have been waived and people have been given the option of delaying the full payment until August 25. Mr Kircher also confirmed there would be no rates increase for the 2020-21 financial year, which starts on July 1.
 
OLDER NOTICES
 


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).
 

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.
Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand
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.
'Moving Day' to go ahead with precautions  
Moving Day, or Gypsy Day as it is commonly known, can go ahead as planned this year, but with strict controls to help prevent the spread of Covid-19, Agriculture Minister Damien O'Connor announced today.
On June 1 each year, the first day of the dairy season, a large number of dairy farming families, sharemilkers, contract milkers and employees move to new farms to commence new employment and milking contracts.
The Government has worked with sector leaders from organisations like DairyNZ, Fonterra, Federated Farmers and FMG to find solutions which work for those in the sector and protect the economy without jeopardising anyone’s health and safety.
The Ministry for Primary Industries then worked with the Ministry of Health and MBIE and to find solutions that allow Moving Day to proceed under any alert level.  
Mr O'Connor said  the industry would play a critical role in New Zealand’s future economic recovery so it was vital Moving Day went ahead. 
Activities will be restricted to just those that were absolutely necessary and any movement around New Zealand must ensure people's "bubbles" were maintained, he said.
Industry groups will be providing further guidance and information to support those dairy farmers who are shifting this season.
There were already really strong precautions in place around Moving Day as a result of the Mycoplasma bovis Programme, Mr O'Connor said.
Aaah?      
Stay tuned...catch you again tomorrow :)
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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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