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:
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!
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.
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:
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.
The Eastland Wood Council provides a collective voice for the forestry industry in the Eastland region which encompasses the Gisborne and Wairoa District Council areas and stretches from the Mohaka River in the South to East Cape in the North.