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Moving forward together

Friday, May 8, 2020
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Fingers crossed for winter fly-in; What will you do when we hit level 2?; Preparing for the move; other bits and bobs; P.S remember to check out and support the businesses that are up and running, check our directory below :)
Hi Everyone,

CORRECTION: The photo by Bruce Dow which featured in The Wire on Wednesday was of coots on the lake not scaup. The Australian coot is a smart, dark-grey, duck-like waterbird, instantly recognisable from its bright white bill and frontal shield. 

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

Take care, Ruth
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Checking in: Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association visitors
arrive for the mid-winter fly-in at Omarama in June, 2016

Organisers of this year's Aopa mid-winter fly-in say they will "move heaven and earth" to make sure this year's event goes ahead. 
For more than 20 years the Aircraft Owners and Pilots' Association has made an annual pilgrimage to Omarama to enjoy a mid-winter weekend of flying in the mountains.
This year the event will have to be managed amidst Covid-19 alert restrictions.
Aopa president Steve Brown said the association was waiting until Monday when it hoped to hear more details about how level 2 would work and “will cut our cloth” accordingly.
The group would look at "innovative ways" to manage the event so as to comply with the rules.
Queens Birthday weekend had been “pencilled in” for the event which is ordinarily hosted by the CountryTime Hotel.
Between 70 to 80 planes and more the 150 people are usually involved in the fly-in.
If the gathering was deemed too large for a single event the association would look at ways to make sure no-one missed out, he said.
Social distancing was not too much of a problem because  people were able to "keep to their own bubbles" in their own planes, it was just the gathering for dinner which might cause problems , he said.
"Come hell or high water" we'll get there, weather permitting.

Businesses waiting for more detail

Pampering at HotTubs Omarama set to go ahead under level 2. Photo: Emma Moore

Omarama businesses who may be able to open when the country moves to Covid-19 alert level 2 say they still face uncertainty because the rules have not yet been made clear and because subsequent costs may make it prohibitive. 
However, most are positive about the move and say customers have been filling waiting lists with bookings.
New Zealand will find out on Monday whether the country will move from alert level 3 to the less stringent restrictions of level 2 which also allows for domestic travel.
However, the Prime Minister has also cautioned the Government may decide to take a staged approach to moving down the levels.
Hot Tubs Omarama owners Emma and Andy Moore said the spa complex will be open the first Friday after the country moves to Level 2.
"The phone has rung red-hot with people wanting to book because they don't want to miss out," Emma said.
"The fires were lit for staff yesterday, the first time in 47 days.
"I was pretty chuffed to see smoke coming out the chimneys."
There would be extra cleaning involved to ensure health department guidelines were met, she said.
The Beauty Room owner and beauty therapist Rachael Murray said she had only seen draft guidelines for businesses like hers so far.
She was waiting to see the final version and also to hear whether there would be a 'level 2.5'.
She has a full waiting list of clients keen to resume visits.
The news "lifted my spirits" but navigating the red tape would be a significant task. 
"That is overwhelming", especially trying to meet all the requirements in a short space of time. 

Rachael said she would need to wear "full [PPE] kit", including a full face shield, and to do a full "cleansing and sterilising" between clients. It is likely she will also need to install perspex screens to make sure she meets the separation requirements.
Clients must complete consultation forms by email ahead of the appointment and she must meet them at their vehicles and escort them inside. 
"The cost is huge, it really is huge.
"It's going to be different...but I will be doing everything I possible I can to start up," she said. 
Ahuriri Motels co-owner Teresa Gallagher said they, too, were taking a wait-and-see approach. 
The motels had been allowed to open for essential services during levels 4 and 3 but had only one guest.
She said she was uncertain how many people would be choosing to travel.
"We're hoping to get some customers.
"I'm not sure if people will be in a hurry to travel."
They could be reluctant to spend money.
The motel was doing what they could to promote themselves on Facebook and through Tourism Waitaki.
She was waiting to hear what other compliance regulations there might be but hygiene-wise expected it might not be much more than what they were already expected to do, rather just to be more vigilant.
She said, because fewer numbers were expected rooms would not be used "back to back" which was an advantage.
Omarama Top 10 Holdiay Park owner Tony Chapman said the lack of detail to date had been disappointing.
"They're making the rules up as they go along."
There were few travellers on the road and a
ny additional costs for servicing and the like would determine whether or not it would be  worthwhile opening, he said.
The self-contained units would be easier to manage. The communal facilities would be the problem as they might need to be cleaned up to three times a day.
Tony said he would have liked to have seen the move to Level 2 made earlier.
Small and medium businesses were "really suffering", he said.

What's number one on your list?

When its finally okay to step out that front door what will you do?
Where will you head?
We asked some Omarama residents what plans they had made.
Of course, all were looking forward to that first catch up and 'careful' hugs with family and friends they'd been distanced from through lockdown, but then there's also ...

- I just want to get back to work, Emma Moore
- to try to get an appointment with the hairdresser, Jessie Chapman
- to have a beer at the pub, Pete Trusler
- to enjoy a trip somewhere in July, Prue O'Neill
- to visit my grandad in Central Otago, who is a bit ill, then Oamaru or Dunedin for Chipmunks Arcade, beach and Spotlight, Nic Leopold.
- to catch up with friends for a vino, it will be so good to be in their presence instead of using phone/text or Facetime, Ann Patterson.

Preparing for Covid-19 alert level 2

Check for all information and daily updates

Health and wellbeing   
Under Alert Level 2 physical distancing will still apply. Keep a 2 metre distance (ideally) from people you don't know in public. 
The same personal hygiene measures should be followed. This includes regularly washing your hands and coughing or sneezing into your elbow. 
Most health and disability care services will operate normally as far as possible.
All contact and non-contact sport can restart so long as public health requirements are met. Visit this link on Sport NZ to find out more. 
All business premises can open and customers can enter, including cafes, restaurants, bars, and hairdressers so long as it is safe to do so.
Businesses must operate safely by ensuring public health measures for workplaces are in place e.g., contact tracing, physical distancing, regular cleaning and gathering limitations are met. 
Workers can come back to work, however, alternative ways of working are still encouraged, such as remote working, shift-based working, physical distancing, staggering meal breaks and flexible leave. 
A contact tracing register for businesses is here to download. 
Visit the COVID-19 website for more details for businesses. 
Transport and travel 
You can travel up and down the country, but make sure you do it in a safe way. 
Appropriate physical distancing and other risk mitigating measures will be in place on public transport and aircraft as agreed by relevant agencies.
To keep yourself safe while using public transport you should sit next to people you know, otherwise keep the seat next to you free and follow on-board guidance. 
​The Ministry of Transport will provide further detailed advice in the coming days.  
All travellers entering New Zealand will be required to go into 14 days of managed isolation in a government-provided facility (hotel) in the city they arrive into, either Auckland or Christchurch. 
Supermarkets will continue to follow public health measures such as managed entry, physical distancing and having hand sanitiser stations in place. 
Many districts are expected to return to normal recycling services under Level 2, however some may not until Level 1. Please check your local council or private collector website and social media platform regularly for updates on recycling arrangements and kerbside collection dates in your area.
Many public venues, such as museums, cinemas, food courts and markets, will be open again at alert level 2. However, there will be restrictions in place including the requirement to keep groups of attendees 1 metre apart.
Under level 2 New Zealand Post post box lobbies will be open, however there may still be some variation in normal opening hours depending on the local operator.
Under Alert Level 2 it is safe to send your children to schools, early learning services and tertiary education. They will be open.  
All education providers will have appropriate measures in place – these will be safe but sensible. 
Schools and early learning services will keep in contact with parents as they work through their plans to shift to Alert Level 2. 
For more information on what school looks like at Alert Level 2 visit this link on the Ministry of Education website.
Community support 
Guidance has been developed for people who are at higher risk of severe illness should they contract COVID-19, including people who are aged 70 and over (70+) and/or have certain existing health conditions. Visit here for more details. 
Translated information on Alert Level 2 will be available on the COVID-19 website next week and will continue to be updated.
Community support such as financial, accommodation or access to essential goods/services like food, medicine, energy and internet will be available at all levels. Visit here for more information. 
Law and order 
Members of the community concerned about breaches under alert level 2 can register these via the COVID19 website. Five agencies – Ministry of Health, WorkSafe, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, New Zealand Police and Ministry for Primary Industries – have combined to provide a comprehensive approach to compliance.
The online form makes it easy for these agencies to understand what the concern is, and who is best to respond. You can find the form on the COVID-19 website here.
People who do not have access to the internet can still phone 105 to report their concerns.

The Government will decide on Monday (May 11) whether to move from alert level 3 and  the Prime Minister will announce that decision at 4pm. Until then the country will remain at alert level 3.

What do you think about this?

Na to rourou, na taku rourou ka ora ai te iwi — with your food basket and my food basket, the people will thrive.

In the past months many have been asked to make considerable sacrifices to ensure Covid-19 has not and will not spread its particular brand of devastation throughout this country.
Now, after much hard work we look forward to stepping (safely) out,  and thoughts turn to how we might reconstruct and restart businesses and return to work.
Various agencies are working through plans to get the country and district up-and-running.
The Government has put together several recovery packages to help businesses get back on their feet. 
Waitaki Mayor Gary Kircher has announced he and Waitaki District Council economic development manager Gerard Quinn have set up two new taskforces - for economic recovery and for social recovery 
Plus, there are numerous free tips, resources and webinars being offered through various media to help businesses "re-bound".
The truth is no-one knows your business quite like you do and no-one knows Omarama quite like we do.
Together we are stronger - it's easier to bounce off ideas, it's easier to come up with innovative solutions to our unique issues, and we have a more powerful voice to push for action when we work together.
So here's a proposal...
Would those who are interested in joining and contributing to an Omarama Business Group please put their hands up so we can gauge interest. 
Take the first step - click the button below.

Click here to reply now
It's Friday and Polly's got the moves 
Together at home
What does happen next?


Rowi rare indeed
See if you can puzzle this out...
(Click below to do the puzzle)

The answer - We're Better Together.
Fenz Omarama Volunteer Fire Brigade members fundraise at last year's Pre-49 Street Rodders club 'Rod run' at Murray and Sharon Stuart's Omaradise
The Noticeboard
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.
Fenz Omarama Volunteer Fire Brigade

Make a plan to make a difference
Recruiting now ...for more information about what it takes to volunteer with Fire and Emergency NZ, check out or, if you want to have a chat, call Fenz Omarama volunteer Fire Brigade chief fire officer Greg Harper, 021 293 1171.
To read more about the work of volunteers go to the brigade's facebook page
The Directory

To have your business listed here
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(Listings in alphabetical order)


Big Rooster Brews 
16 Chain Hills Highway, Omarama.
Open for coffees, hot and cold drinks and snacks from 9:00am - 1:00pm(ish). Call or text your order to 027 3617223, or order from behind the 2m line. 

Boots & Jandals Hotel Omarama
Open for takeaways 4pm-8pm 7 days a week. Conditions of sale are here
The takeaway menu is here, the gourmet pizza menu is here. For alcohol delivery conditions click here
Phone 03 4389713 to place your order. 

Breen Construction
For construction Services in the Upper Waitaki and MacKenzie District contact the area Manager Jason Pryde
Cell Phone 021 340 694 Email Website
Challenge Omarama 
Open from 8am until 5pm each day.

Four Square Omarama 
10 Chain Hills Highway, Omarama, Phone: 03 438 9895
Open: Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm ,Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 6pm
Email order and collect or email order and delivery (within the township). 
This service is available Monday to 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.

There are two ways to access the order form.
(In both cases the completed form must be emailed to:
1.Click here to download the Microsoft Word form. 2 Click here to open the form as a PDF.

GlenCraigs Clothing
6 Chain Hills Highway, Omarama
Phone (03) 4389 816
Facebook shop now open, or shop online from the website

Hot Tubs Omarama
29 Omarama Ave.
Open from the first Friday of Level 2. Bookings taken now. 03 438 9703
Emma and Andrew Moore, email Facebook

The Love Shack Kebabs
Open 11am to 2.30pm Pre-order on  027 336 6495 or just drop in.

Mobil Omarama 
Open Monday to Sunday, 7am to 7pm, 03 438 9834 email:

Veterinary Centre Omarama 
13 Chain Hills Highway, Omarama. Phone: (03) 438 9868 Fax: (03) 438 9656
Please phone ahead.

Rockgas Mackenzie Country

SupplyMoore Yard
Firewood available, contact-less delivery and payment options.
Please text or message orders to us
or Emma on 027 635 5664

The Wrinkly Rams
Takeaway coffee and menu available
Open 6.30am to 4pm ,7 days a week.  Phone 03-4389751 or text 027 438 9751



CJ's Bar and Restaurant
12 Rata Drive, Otematata 
Open 5pm to 7.30pm (closed Sundays).
Check the Facebook page for updates and menus and conditions of sale.
To order takeaways, please either phone 03438 7792 or private message (messenger).

The Hungry Hydro
2767 Otematata Kurow Rd, Otematata
Check the Facebook page for updates and menus and conditions of sale.

The Kitchen at the Otematata District Club
Sefton Lane, Otematata
Check the Facebook page for updates and menus and conditions of sale.

On the Spot, Otematata
Cnr West Rd and State Highway 83
Monday to Friday – 9am to 2pm, Saturdays – 9am to 1pm, Sundays – closed.Delivering daily (Monday to Friday) email: or or phone (03) 438-7648. The daily close-off time for deliveries is midday. Any orders received after this time will be delivered the next week day.

Otematata Eatery Bar & Lodging
2736 Otematata-Kurow Road, New Zealand
Order from the Facebook Page by clicking shop now or from the button on the website,
Phone: 03 438 7899,  Mobile:027 525 5505


NETWORK WAITAKI please refer to the Facebook page for regular updates 
For information about services provided under Covid-19 alert level 3 click here

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

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.

Waitaki District Council update
The Otago Welfare Help Centre
operating 9am-5pm
Call or email 0800 322 4000 or


The next council meeting is 9am, Tuesday May 12
It, and the additional council meeting at 9am on Tuesday May 26 will be conducted via video link and live streamed here. A recording of the meeting will be made available shortly after the meeting has finished.
The agenda for Tuesday's meeting is here

At the meeting  the council will consider a request from the North Otago Irrigation Company Ltd to change some of the terms and conditions attached to the $17million loan Council has previously made to the company.

The Ahuriri Community Board Meeting for Monday May 11 has been cancelled.
The next meeting will be held via video link on Monday June 8, 2020. 
For more information click here


Council services at  Covid-19 alert level 3 
 What’s open in Waitaki

The Waitaki District pandemic response information page is here:

The Waitaki District Council facebook page is here
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. If you are in immediate danger and you cannot call 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.  Neighbours and friends are urged  to contact police if they have concerns.
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.
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.
For practical ideas on looking after yourself and your whānau:
Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand
If you’re a manager or workplace leader you can have a direct impact on the welfare and wellbeing of your employees....

Advice for Farmers

Click on the photo below to read Doug Avery's message.
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.
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