Need to Know – Forestry Industry Updates

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We are in uncertain times in our industry at present and we know how stressful that is for our contractors, employees and families. We don’t really know how the situation in China will develop but we are putting contingency plans in place to support our forestry whanau. Some companies and contractors are endeavouring to work through it and assess it day by day, but for those who are immediately impacted the resource is to give you access to information on support services if you need them.

Communication is essential at the present time to provide people with information to help make decisions.

  • Companies talk to your contractors
  • Contractors talk to your companies and your employees
  • Employees talk to your whanau/family
  • Family/whanau support each other

This information will also be available our Facebook page.

Please seek help when and if you need it… we have been working with a number of agencies to provide information and support, so reach out and don’t wait.

Industry Support


Prue Younger | M: 021 276 5484


Wade Brunt | M: 027 777 0815
Wade is an industry health and safety advocate, he also runs ‘Jogging For Logging’

Women in Forestry

Sarah Davis | M: 027 307 2848

Financial Support & Assistance

Banks /financial organisations/power companies/telecommunications companies

For employers

We know that you have obligations to your employees as well as financial ones to banks, lenders, IRD – talk to them early and give them a heads up, they can then tell you what support and assistance they can provide.

For employees

If you think you might have problems meeting your monthly bill payments contact your companies they can put in place measures to assist you; they will be there to help you.

MSD Emergency Benefits

EWC has circulated the MSD spreadsheet to collate applicant information via principal companies. This is to facilitate the processing of individual applications when/if they are required.

MSD is able to provide a level of financial support for those that are experiencing a loss of income. EWC has circulated a spreadsheet which asks for information that will allow MSD to prepare future applications in a timely manner. Please note that this information will be treated as private and confidential and will only be used for the purpose of supporting individuals or families to access income support if they need to.

Please note if you do not wish to share your information in this form do not hesitate to phone or email Lynne Campbell.

Any individuals seeking immediate assistance or with questions should call:
Lynne Campbell | 029 237 9044.

Counselling & Personal Support

0800 support and information line will be set up manned by GDC customer service staff.

Need to talk? Free call or text 1737 any time

Lifeline – 0800 543 354

Tauawhi Men’s Centre 06 868 8278

Employers, Business Advice & Support

NZTE has a live link with information on the Coronavirus which is updated every 24 hours, with a focus for export-related business:

For anyone in business or employers please contact Trust Tairāwhiti Business Growth Advisor Wendy Gatley | M: 021 312 463 or 06 867 2640

MSD also has resources for business owners managing redundancies.

IRD Tax Payments

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 received, please contact for business owners – 06 986 2043 or for employee’s questions – 06 986 2006

Rates Payments

If you are struggling to make your next rates payment contact:
Ange 0800 653 800 or email

TPK – Maori Business & Whanau Support

Charlene Ropiha | M: 027 564 7314
John Kamana | M: 027 298 0048

Info Drop-in Session

Eastland Wood Council are looking to hold an info drop-in session next week – to be advised.

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