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Keeping us connected

Thursday, April 23, 2020
In this issue...

Anzac Day 2020, we remember at home; Duck shooting delayed, 'Yes' to hunting but with restrictions; Today's diary entry, and so much more 
Hi Everyone
* 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:
*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.
*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.
Let's stay close whatever the distance
- Ruth
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Anzac Day 2020

We remember at home
In memory: Craig Dawson places the crosses at Omarama's Memorial Rock today.
Photo: Glenys Dawson

Preparations are well in hand within our communities to commemorate Anzac Day 2020 while continuing to take all appropriate precautions against the spread of Covid-19.
Anzac displays, hand made poppies and crafts of all sorts, big and small, are appearing throughout Omarama and Otematata as people find creative solutions to commemorate this Anzac Day like no other.
Many are planning to heed the Returned and Services Association call to #standatdawn and stand at their gates at 6am on Saturday, April 25, and those who can will wear dress uniform.
The RSA says, even though public Anzac Services are unable to go ahead, it does not mean that the tradition of remembering and commemorating veterans and service personnel should be cancelled, too.
"Stand at your letterbox, at the front door, in your lounge rooms, balconies, in your driveway. Wherever you are in the world, stand with us and take a moment to remember our fallen – but please stay within your ‘bubble’."

P.S. Please phone or email if you have planned something special, I would love to come and photograph your efforts for our community record books (I promise I won't break your bubble) , or feel free to email any contributions.
There will be a special Anzac Day edition of the Daily Wire on Saturday.

 Lest we forget: On the Spot Otematata have created this display. Photo Vicky Munro

Duck shooting delayed, restricted hunting 
The Government has announced today duck shooting will be delayed and hunting will be allowed under special circumstances as the country emerges from Covid-19 alert level 4 lockdown. 
The game bird season will open on the second Saturday after the country goes to alert Level 2, and that is expected to be May 23. 
The season is also expected to run longer in some regions. 
Fish and Game New Zealand have been working with the Government on possible options for this bird season, given the country is still under restrictions to prevent the spread of Covi-19. 
 “Game bird hunting is a national tradition and an important bird population management tool.
"It is great we can confirm a season will take place,” Fish and Game New Zealand chief executive Martin Taylor said. 
If all goes to plan opening day will be on that second Saturday, except if that date falls on May 30.
If level 2 is introduced between May 11 and 15, opening day will be May 23, and if it is introduced between May 16 and 29, opening day will be June 6. 
The game bird season will not open at Queen’s Birthday weekend specifically to avoid Moving Day on the 1st of June (an important date in the rural calendar when large numbers of farmers move to new farms).   
These dates also allows hunters and retailers some time at level 2 to get a licence and get themselves set up for the new season start date, Mr Taylor said.
 All hunters will have to comply with the restrictions of alert level 2 while hunting and travelling to their hunting spots. All hunters will start hunting on the same day and it will be illegal for any game bird hunting to take place before this as it is a legal change to the season dates. 
This applies to people hunting on private land, their own land and in publicly accessible areas. 
Also, there will be no need for hunters to travel to their maimai’s to stake their claim this year. 
Because pegging day (April 5) has occurred while the country is at alert level 4, all pegs from the 2019 game bird season will be valid for the 2020 season so long as the hunter has a valid 2020 game season licence.  
As well, Sport and Recreation minister Grant Robertson announced this afternoon hunters will be able to hunt on private land with special restrictions under level 3, but not on public conservation land. 
Hunting has not been allowed since New Zealand moved to alert level 4, but a shift to level 3 next Tuesday will mean hunters can once again hunt locally - as long as they have the landholder’s permission and stick to the rules. 
“We know that hunting is an important part of life for many New Zealanders, and in some cases a critical source of food.
“Cabinet has agreed hunting on private land will be allowed… so long as hunters stay within their region and stick to their bubble.
“Hunting is only permitted on foot and overnight trips are not allowed.
“The use of quad bikes, off-road bikes, helicopters and other motorised vehicles is prohibited.” 
Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage said hunting on public conservation land would not be allowed until New Zealand returned to alert level 2. 
“While many hunters may want to head to popular spots on public land to target the last stag of the roar, under alert level 3 hunting on public conservation land will remain off limits.” 
Hunting blocks assigned to hunters as part of the 2020 deer roar have been cancelled. 
At alert level 3, people must not head into the backcountry/remote areas, for their safety and the safety of others. Doc huts are also not available for use.
Police clarify their position on checkpoints
With the next long weekend under lockdown just around the corner, the police have issued a statement clarifying their position on community checkpoints.
While the police and other agencies remain responsible for ensuring that people comply with the restrictions under the different Covid-19 Alert Levels and they understand that some small and isolated communities feel they have a particular vulnerability to Covid-19, they do not encourage community checkpoints, today's statement said.
"Where communities have determined to undertake checkpoints to prevent the spread of Covid-19, the police are working with those communities and other agencies to ensure checkpoints are safe and not preventing lawful use of the road.
"Working in partnership with the local authority, the local civil defence emergency manager, local Iwi, and community groups we will assess whether checkpoints are needed or if there are other solutions."
If Covid-19 checkpoints for vulnerable communities were deemed necessary for the overall safety and wellbeing of a community, they:
• Will be operated by district police alongside community members.
• Will be conducted in a safe manner, according to Police operational guidelines and practices.
• Will be guided by the relevant alert level status as set out in the Government’s Covid-19 response.
• Will not restrict access for people moving through for legitimate purposes.
Police will continue to work with those communities and local agencies in alert level 3 and 4 to understand their concerns and needs and do not envisage a need for COVID-19 checkpoints to operate at alert level 2.
"Every person in New Zealand has a right to freedom of movement, including to travel along the roading network and in any public place, and this fundamental right may only be restricted through the law.  "Currently movement around our regions must comply with the settings allowed under Covid-19, set out at"
"We recognise that community efforts to stop the spread of Covid-19 are motivated in the interests of the wider community.  However, Police must protect people’s fundamental right to freedom of movement around their region for legitimate purposes," the statement said.
Welcome gesture in time of need
An Ahuriri Community Board member's decision to donate her remuneration to  Whalan Lodge has been welcomed by trustees and staff.
Kurow's Whalan Lodge is a small, 14-bed resthome in the Waitaki Valley.
Facility manager Sarah Green said the lodge was "very grateful" for the donation at this time.
As the effects of Covid-19 were felt across the Waitaki community, a number of charitable organisations were feeling the pinch. 
Waitaki Gary Kircher mayor Gary Kircher said it was most generous of June to pass on her remuneration to help them out.
“Whalan Lodge is a wonderful organisation and the community has rallied behind Whalan Lodge in the past to help them keep their doors open, and even now, they continue to give to the trust.
"I know that June’s thoughtful gesture is gratefully received by them at this difficult time, as they help keep some of our most vulnerable citizens safe."

Whalan Lodge, Kurow. Photo Supplied
Our Coronavirus Diary - Day Twenty-eight
By  Jack, Archie and Toby Bochel, of Huxley Gorge Station

Dear Diary,

Yesterday I had a zoom meeting with my class, it was good to see my friends. 
After my school work we went up the Temple Valley on our bikes to the river. 
We got lots of big rocks and made a dam. It was really fun we biked through all the puddles on the way there and home again. I was pretty wet and dirty. - Jack
On Tuesday we had a zoom meeting at 10am with my class and teacher.  Then we went for a bike ride up the Hopkins River.  We biked across the river and we biked across sinking sand.  I took my gumboots off and my socks and I started running over the sinking sand.  We crossed other bits of the river to get to different sinking sand then crossed back again.  Then we ran round and round in circles and the sinking sand was knee deep - Archie

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.

This week's photo challenge
- the last few days 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 
Let's share what we can and maybe a have few laughs!

View from the Newfield family couch, by Charlotte Newfield

Out walking (below) - photos by Michelle Kitchen
Opening Omarama's recipe book 
Our most treasured recipes

Our most treasured recipes are often the ones we turn to when we need to whip something up for unexpected visitors or to fill a gap and rumbling tums. They're reliable and endlessly adaptable.
When someone asks; 'Can I have the recipe for that?', we don't always know what that is 
I've used this Alison Holst recipe for basic muffins over and over, switching the fruit with the change of season. At the moment it's Golden Queen peaches and whatever else is in our 'pandemic pantry' cupboard.
When I found I needed to cater for some specific dietary requirements I played with changing the basics a little too.
To make them gluten and sugar free I switch to gluten-free self-raising flour, omit the baking powder, substitute stevia for sugar, use buttermilk or yoghurt instead of milk, up the eggs and add a splash of vanilla. 
The warm spicy aroma of cinnamon fills the kitchen as the coffee is brewed.
Together at home
Omarama, place of 'mackerel skies and mares' tails'?


Thanking those who serve on the front line today...
See if you can puzzle this out...
(Click below to do the puzzle)
The answer - We're Better Together.
Anzac Day, Omarama 2019
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.

"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.



People are advised to put on disposable gloves before moving bins and to wash hands thoroughly afterwards. The handles can be a coronavirus hot-spot and must be treated like any other surface, doorknobs, stair rails etc, collectors say.

Omarama open: Wednesday and Sunday – 9am to 11am
Otematata open: Wednesday and Sunday – 1pm to 3pm
Household rubbish: Only bags of household/domestic waste and essential commercial waste will be accepted. There will be no charge for bags, however, there is a limit of two bags per car, per week (car registrations are recorded to monitor this).
Commercial rubbish: commercial waste from current account holders will be accepted with no gate charge, and invoiced later.
To safely manage these facilities under current circumstances and to protect the facility operators’ wellbeing, please note the following conditions for using this service over the next four weeks:
• No recycling (either clean and store at home, or dispose of as rubbish)
• No green waste
• Place all waste in the marked area
• One person out of a car at any one time only
• Please do not talk to the booth operator
• Please leave promptly

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!

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
Omarama Four Square | 10 Chain Hills Highway | Omarama 9448 | Phone: 03 438 9895
 Open Monday to Saturday, 9am to 6pm  

While New Zealand is at Covid-19 alert level 4 and in our ongoing efforts to ensure the safety of our local and wider community, and our staff and their families - we offer the following options regarding your grocery requirements – should you be unable to, or simply prefer not to shop personally during this time of  uncertainty.
1.       Email order - and collect
2.       Email order - and delivery (within the township). 
This service is available Monday – Friday
Please send orders to -
Emailed orders need to be received by 4pm (Sunday – Thursday) for delivery/collection Monday-Friday between (10am-12pm).  Please email if at all possible and refrain from phoning through orders.
Please find attached a template grocery order form to be completed, which on receiving – our team will put together for you – for either collection or delivery. 
At this stage, communication indicates stock levels of core lines are being maintained,
however further updates may see some non-essential lines reduced - alleviating unnecessary pressure on deliveries/transportation of goods.
Options for payment:
1.       Charged to existing account
2.       Payment by direct credit
3.       Payment on collection
Any significant updates affecting this current service will be communicated.
Stay safe everyone. 
From Alona and Blair, and your Four Square team
There are two ways to access the order form...
(In both cases the completed form must be emailed

1. Click here to download the Microsoft Word form.
         * save it to your computer. 
         * type in your order, save it, attach it to the email and send.

2. Click
here to open the form as a PDF.
      * download the form and save it to your computer
      * print it
      *write your order on the form
      *scan it or photograph it, attach it to the email and send.

Shopping safely guidance now available

31 Mar 2020

Simple guidance is now available for people in New Zealand to keep themselves and others safe while doing their supermarket shop. 

The information covers:

  • how to prepare so you can get in and out quickly
  • tips to keep 2 metres away from other shoppers and supermarket staff
  • hygiene tips for while you shop
  • what to do with your groceries when you get home.

Find out more about shopping safely


On the Spot Otematata
The daily trading hours are:
Monday to Friday – 9am to 2pm
Saturdays – 9am to 1pm
Sundays – closed
"We are endeavouring to meet all your requests for the products you need. Unfortunately if these items are not something we stock, then there will be a delay in getting them. We only receive general groceries on a Tuesday and Thursday and the close-off time for us to order stock is two days prior to each of these days.
Fruit and vegetables are received every day during the week, so what you need today will generally be here the next (subject to availability).
Fresh bread, milk and dairy products are received Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
Deliveries – Thank you to all those using our free delivery service.
This has resulted in fewer people visiting the store, ensuring that both you and we remain as safe as possible. We are now delivering daily (Mon-Fri) to all areas, so even if you only require one item, please don’t hesitate to email: or or phone (03) 438-7648. It’s no problem and we are probably going past your address anyway.
The daily close-off time for deliveries is midday (Monday to Friday). Any orders received after this time will be delivered the next week day. Deliveries are only made on week days, so please ensure that you have everything you need before midday on a Friday. 
Payment – Thank you for the speedy payments. Please don’t feel pressured to pay for every single delivery. We have a number of customers who are receiving deliveries every day, so please feel free to just paying several small deliveries together. If you don’t have access to internet banking, please give us a call.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us if we can help in any way."

Best wishes and stay well...
On The Spot - Otematata
Ph (03) 438-7648
Kurow Medical Centre and its satellite clinics
in Twizel (Mackenzie Health Centre Private Clinic)
and Omarama (Community Hall)


In order to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and to protect our vulnerable at-risk patients we have been asked by the College of General Practitioners to only see patients at our clinics if they really need to be seen.
For all other appointments, we will now do these via telephone OR virtual Consultations (for this you will need a computer, laptop or smart phone so we can send you a link to download). All screening appointments i.e. Health Heart Checks, Diabetic checks, Cervical Smears etc. will be re-scheduled for a later date.


Call 03 436 0760 or 03 976 0503 to speak with the Doctor or Nurse.
Please be reassured you WILL be seen if your condition is urgent!

Our aim is to bring in patients one at a time from their cars.
Flu shots are now in and will still be given to patients who are eligible but this will now take place outside the clinics and preferably whilst you are sitting in your car.
Again phone ahead first to arrange a time with the nurse.
Thank you for your understanding during these difficult times.

Take care and keep safe, Juliet and Tim.

8 Wynyard St, Kurow  
P: 03 4360760  F: 03 4360780 

The Mackenzie Health Centre is our Twizel Satellite Clinic at:
3A Benmore Place, Twizel. Phone: 03 976 0503 Fax: 03 436 0780

Omarama Clinic at Omarama Community Centre, Chain Hills Highway, Omarama.
Phone: 03 4360 760, Cell: 027 434 7464.

Waitaki District Council update
The Otago Welfare Help Centre operates 7am-7pm
on 0800 322 4000 or
Council services at  Covid-19 alert level 3, from Tuesday, April 28, 2020
Building services: alert l
evel 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: On April 28, Downer staff resume work. When you are out using our 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). We are working on bringing our green spaces back to the standards expected, but this will not happen overnight. We are expecting that the entire district will have its first mowing cut within 7-8 working days. These initial cuts likely won’t bring the reserves all the way back to standards expected, but this approach is being undertaken to ensure that there’s no damage to turf.
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 launched a ‘What’s open in Waitaki’ page.
The directory will be part of the Covid-19 Waitaki Response page and aims to list all businesses that are staying open during New Zealand's Covid-19 Level 4 alert.
The response page also includes information on council services and facilities, support for people and businesses.
At present, the list includes medical centres and  pharmacies, vets, food and service providers, service stations and transport options.
Council economic development manager Gerard Quinn said it was still working with local businesses to fill this list and encouraged everyone who wanted to be included to get in touch and register by emailing The council needs to know your location, contact details and a website link so people can check for any specific conditions.
Business owners are reminded that it is the business’s responsibility to ensure they are acting according to the law while staying open. If businesses are uncertain about whether or not they can continue to operate they are urged to contact MBIE by emailing or calling 0800 22 66 57 (9 am to 5 pm).

The Waitaki District pandemic response information page is here:

The Waitaki District Council facebook page is here
From Barcelona, Spain
Mónica Naranjo sings the Catalan version of Amazing Grace at the Basílica de la Sagrada Família
How goes it today?
Other places to find support - click below to go to websites

- Police message to people facing family harm

The police are urging anyone with concerns or information about family harm in their community to get in touch as soon as they can, as level 4 restrictions bring new pressures to whānau and home environments.  
“We want everybody to know police will continue to prioritise family harm incidents and we will come when you call," assistant commissioner Sandra Venables said.
“We realise this is a hard time for some families and we want them to know police are there for them.
"We know that for some people, home right now may be an uncomfortable or scary place. 
“It may also be harder for some people to contact police or other agencies as they may not have easy access to a phone.  
“Let me be clear, if you are in immediate danger and you cannot call us on 111, leave your house and get out of harm’s way. Your safety comes first. Get to a safe distance and then ask a neighbour, or a passer-by (at a two metre distance) to call 111 for you.   
“We also urge neighbours and friends to contact police if they have concerns. If you think something’s not right, it probably isn’t. 
“It’s okay to call Police if you’re worried about someone as they may not be able to speak up for themselves. It’s everybody’s responsibility to help keep each other safe right now through this challenging time. You could be saving a life. 
“We know there are also people out there who don’t want to harm their loved ones but who are facing an internal struggle. To them I say: please stay strong, please walk away and take a moment so you don’t do something you’ll regret to someone you love.  
“You can reach out to us, or you can contact one of many support services listed on the Covid-19 website. They are there to support every member of your family and whānau.”   
The police have worked closely with Ministry of Social Development to ensure there is temporary accommodation for people under Police Safety Orders.
And police, the Joint Venture Business Unit, and MSD have also worked together to ensure 0800 Hey Bro (a number for men who feel they’re going to harm a loved one) has been able to operate nationally during COVID-19.  
“We know being around the same people 24/7 can be a challenge, and we know for some people this may make them fearful, at risk, or on the edge of doing harm. So if you feel fearful or threatened, please reach out." 
A list of support services is below:
211 Helpline (0800 211 211) – for help finding, and direct transfer to, community-based health and social support services in your area. 
Find your Local Women's Refuge by calling 0800 743 843 (0800 REFUGE) to be linked up with an advocate in your area. 
Victim Support – call 0800 842 846. 
Victim Information Line/Victim Centre – call 0800 650 654 or email
Shine domestic abuse services – free call 0508 744 633 (9am to 11pm) if you're experiencing domestic abuse, or want to know how to help someone else.  
Family violence information line – call 0800 456 450 to find out about local services or how to help someone near you.  
Elder Abuse Helpline – call 0800 32 668 65 (0800 EA NOT OK) - a 24-hour service answered by registered nurses who can connect to local elder abuse specialist providers.  
Tu Wahine Trust – call 09 838 8700 for kaupapa Māori counselling, therapy and support for survivors of sexual harm (mahi tukino) and violence within whānau.  
Shakti New Zealand – call 0800 742 584 for culturally competent support services for women, children and families of Asian, African and Middle Eastern origin who have experienced domestic violence.  
Safe to Talk – sexual harm helpline. Call 0800 044 334, text 4334 or email  
Rape Crisis Centres – call 0800 88 3300 for contact details of your local centre. 
Male Survivors Aotearoa New Zealand – call 0800 044 344. 
Tu Wahine Trust – call 09 838 8700 for kaupapa Māori counselling, therapy and support for survivors of sexual harm (mahi tukino) and violence within whānau. 
ACC Sensitive Claims Unit – call 0800 735 566 for access to services related to sexual abuse or sexual assault. 
Hey Bro helpline – call 0800 HeyBro (0800 439 276). 24/7 help for men who feel they're going to harm a loved one or whānau member. 
Korowai Tumanoko – text or call 022 474 7044 for a kaupapa Māori service for those with concerning or harmful sexual behaviour.  
Need to Talk? 1737 – free call or text 1737 any time for support from a trained counsellor. 
Youthline – call 0800 376 633, free text 234 or email
Kidsline – call 0800 54 37 54 (0800 kidsline) for young people up to 18 years of age (24-hour service). 
Skylight– call 0800 299 100 helping children, young people and their families and whānau through tough times of change, loss, trauma and grief. 
Oranga Tamariki – call 0508 325 459 (0508 FAMILY) or email for concerns about children and young people.
Covid-19 Hotline – 0800 358 5453
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
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.
♪♫ I would do anything for love,
but I won't do that 
Stay tuned...catch you again tomorrow :)
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