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Moving forward together

Wednesday, May 6, 2020
In this issue...

Getting down to business; Tourism in a Covid-19 world; These businesses are ready to serve you; together at home and more!
Hi Everyone

From this week 'The Wire' will publish  each Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Take care, Ruth
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Getting down to business - editorial

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
Tourism in a Covid-19 world

Tourism Waitaki general manager Margaret Munro hosts a webinar 
to discuss its new marketing strategy

The post-Covid-19 future of tourism in the Waitaki will hinge on whether it is successful in encouraging other Kiwis to visit the area.
However, there will be stiff competition for the domestic tourism dollar as operators throughout New Zealand  will be chasing the same market, Tourism Waitaki general manager Margaret Munro says.
Ms Munro was addressing a group of about 40 who joined a webinar run by the organisation via zoom on Monday.
The webinar was to launch Tourism Waitaki's new low-cost digital marketing campaign which asks residents and local organisations and businesses to promote the district to friends and family and invite them to the region once travel restrictions are lifted.
In the Waitaki district the domestic market makes up almost 70% (68%) of the total tourism spend.
Ms Munro said this week the  industry was pressing the Government for far fewer travel restrictions from alert level 2 to encourage more domestic tourism.
While it was hoped the borders could open to include Australians, she said that was likely to be about a year before that was possible.
In the meantime, operators should focus on the domestic market  but be aware operators throughout New Zealand would be vying for the same trade, she said.
When questioned about whether the publicity over instances like the  moth-balling Mount Cook's  Hermitage Hotel and Tekapo's Dark Sky Project would affect numbers coming from overseas, Ms Munro said international visitor numbers would remain limited for the foreseeable future.
However, the underlying "structure" of such businesses was sound and so it would not take much for them to be ready for business when borders opened again. 
Ms Munro said she believed tourism would experience a "bit of a trough and then come up the other side".
"New Zealand has an outstanding reputation. It's seen as a very desirable spot to come to... we look after people." 
Market research company Research First has collected data and produced a graphic about Kiwi's travel ambitions and intentions in the Covid-19 world.
According to its summary there is "pent-up demand" for domestic travel.
However, almost two thirds see the risk of contracting or spreading Covid-19 as a barrier to travel - more than double those who saw personal finances as a barrier.

To read more about Tourism Waitaki's new campaign, click here

Western House B&B Kurow owner Lynda Costello plans to host a meeting of local tourism operators once alert levels drop to allow travel.
The aim is to get to know each other, and to work collaboratively to attract domestic travelers to the area.
It would be a chance to share what we have to offer, to network, and to perhaps form some collaborations and packages, she said.
She asks those interested complete this survey to help with planning.

Preparing for Covid-19 alert level 2

Check for all information and daily updates

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will release information about what Covid-19 alert level 2 will look like at 1pm tomorrow (Thursday,  May 7).
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.

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 - and I'll put you in touch, Ruth]
Ducks in a row

Scaup observed 'social distancing' on Lake Benmore
Photo by: Bruce Dow
Together at home

Wondering what to do outdoors in Waitaki?



How to show stock - starting them young is key.
See if you can puzzle this out...
(Click below to do the puzzle)

The answer - We're Better Together.
Omarama School Pink Shirt Day 2019. Photo: Kim McKenzie
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 see more of their campaign go to the brigade's facebook page
The Directory

To have your business listed here
email - it's free!
(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. 

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


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 operates 7am-7pm
on 0800 322 4000 or


The Prime Minister will release information about alert level 2, at 1pm, Thursday May 7 after which the council will issue an update about what services are available and what facilities will be open under level 2.

Council services at  Covid-19 alert level 3

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 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.
Rubbish and Recycling: The council’s rural recovery parks and Palmerston Landfill will continue on reduced hours throughout level 3. 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

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 
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).
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
- 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 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.
This way you're sure to be  covered! 
Stay tuned...catch you again Friday :)
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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 Internet

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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 Wire' with the latest updates sent each Monday, Wednesday and Friday 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.
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Omarama Gazette
Editor: Ruth Grundy,
021 294 8002, 03 438 9766
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