Need to Know – Forestry Industry Updates

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When I last updated this Info Sheet (which was only on the 11th March we had 4 confirmed cases of COVID-19, we now have 155 and rising. That is why the Government has made the decision to put the country in lockdown.

We all need to halt the spread of this deadly disease and to restrict the movement of people is the most effective way to do this.

By the time you read this you will (hopefully) be fully prepared – stocked up on food so that you limit your visits to the supermarket or grocery store, have games at hand (for adults and kids), and have a home office set up.

As a community we have taken a pro-active approach to the impacts of COVID-19 to date, but now we need to focus more specifically on the health and well being of our whanau and community as we go into this 4 week lock down. This is a stressful time for everyone as we go into the unknown.

My advice (like most people) is to:

  • Be kind.
  • Stay connected (via phone, text, facetime, skype) with people close to you.
  • Have some structure to your day – especially if you are still working.
  • Take time to have some exercise – go for a walk, run, take up an exercise challenge, or an on-line class.
  • Spend quality time with your children, and family.
  • Start doing all those jobs at home you never get around to doing!

Regular information updates are available on our Facebook page.

Please seek help when and if you need it…so reach out and don’t wait…together we can do this.

“Tough Times don’t last, tough people do.”

Kia kaha, Kia manuia, Go well, stay safe

Ngā mihinui,
Kim Holland  |  M: 021 243 5594


Coronavirus COVID-19

Important information regarding the virus can be found on these website:

Ministry of Health

Industry Support

Toroawhi/Forestry Wellness Centre & Jogging For Logging

Check out Jogging for Logging on Facebook – for work out programmes and to stay in touch.

Wade Brunt | M: 027 777 0815


Prue Younger | M: 021 276 5484

Women in Forestry

Sarah Davis | M: 027 307 2848

Wage & Leave Subsidies - Work & Income

More information can be found here.

Example: Forestry contracting gang use wage subsidy. A six person forestry contracting gang in Gisborne has been severely affected by the COVID-19 impact on logging exports and their revenue is down 90%. Their Employer applies for the targeted wage subsidy. The Employer receives $42,117 as a lump sum payment and is able to provide just over $7,000 gross (before tax) to each of the employees across the next 12 weeks.

MSD Emergency Benefits

If you haven’t yet registered for the emergency benefit, or need more information about what support is available, then contact Lynne or Karen.

MSD is able to provide a level of financial support for those that are experiencing a loss of income.

Any individuals seeking immediate assistance or with questions should call:
Lynne Campbell | 029 237 9044.
Karen Petersen | P: 06 986 8545 | M: 029 292 5720

Budgeting Advice

Budget Advice 06 8677173


Free financial helpline offering budgeting advice/financial mentoring.
FinCap runs MoneyTalks which is a free financial helpline which is the best place to start for people needing budgeting advice/financial mentoring. They can refer people on to the financial mentor network in their area for face-to-face consultations if that’s required. Their contact details are:

Phone: 0800 345 123 Text: 4029
Live chat:

East Coast Support

Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou

Anne Huriwai – Senior Manager 027 248 3305

Horouta Whanau Ora

Tolaga Bay/Uawa, old doctors clinic on the Corner of Discovery & Solander Streets

Peggy 022 04 33 088

Counselling & Personal Support

Looking after your mental health

Need to talk? Free call or text 1737 any time

Lifeline – 0800 543 354

Tauawhi Men’s Centre 06 868 8278

Whanau/Community Support

Rapid Relief Team

Support for whanau and community.

Clarke Judd 021 228 6030  |

Employers, Business Advice & Support

For anyone in business or employers please contact:

Trust Tairāwhiti Business Growth Advisor Wendy Gatley | M: 021 312 463 or 06 867 2640
or Tui Babbington | M: 021 312 598

Maori Business and Whanau Support – Te Puni Kokiri

Charlene Ropiha | M:027 564 7314
Bobbi Morice | M:027 269 5853

IRD Tax Payments

IRD now have information on their website home page.

If you have any concerns on making tax payments and/or filing returns by their due date, or you or your employees have concerns on their Working for Families entitlements or Child Support obligations with their change in Income being receive. IRD can also provide business information and support, please contact.


In region IRD contacts: for business owners – 06 986 2043 for employee’s questions – 06 986 2006

Banks & Finance

The Government announced support from banks to provide mortgage holidays for those who need them.

It also announced Government backed loans (from banks) for small and medium businesses should they need them.

Individual banks will be making their own announcements regarding more details. If you need either or both of these then contact your bank for more information.

Mortgage holiday and business finance support schemes

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