A Word from the Mayor: Covid-19
By the time you are reading this we will have completed one week of Lockdown, and if you have followed the simple messages congratulations for doing your bit to stamp out this nasty virus covid19.
It such a change of thinking to demonstrate your acts of kindness by phone or email rather than the usual chat at the grocery store or at the school gate however we must continue to be strong and face this adversity to turn the curve and keep ourselves safe.
It wonderful to see people using facebook to extend positive energy to friends and family and using it as a tool to inspire and challenge each other.
Our council continues to do business but like everyone we have had to find new ways, and for the foreseeable future we will be hosting our council meeting via an electronic platform. Your council is committed to you and will be determining how we can best serve your needs through our long term planning cycle. I am proud of our staff especially those who are working in the field to ensure that your essential services are delivered. We are doing all we can to make sure your health and welfare is attended to, and I trust that you appreciate and show respect all the essential workers who are providing these cares. “Hats off” to our medical, veterinary and animal welfare services, well-being contractors and supermarket personal. How kind you all are!! Kia Kaha and thank you.
Welfare and well-being are the highest priority it is crucial that we support those living alone or who may not have access to email or internet. Reach out by phone it could become a lifeline. Response is now but Recovery will need our resilience and strength.
It is most important that we all use the one source of truth and access up to date health information through the covid19 website, when we seek a range of information from a variety of sources we worry. “Worry” is natural when we are faced with the unknown and may seem like a legitimate response to a fast changing threat. We need to look for ways to safeguard ourselves from worry dominating our everyday life we must remain calm, show gratitude and remember Be Kind, Stay home and save lives.
“He waka eke noa – we are all in this boat together”