Ngatiwai COVID-19 Recovery updates 23 June 2020

Yesterday there are two new cases of COVID-19 to report. This brings the total number of active cases to 9. All nine of these cases are in managed isolation, where they will remain for the next two weeks. This brings our total number of confirmed cases to 1,163. There are no additional deaths to report. The issues around COVID-19 coming through the borders has always been a risk and processes are now strenuous regarding border control. Many of those returning through our borders are New Zealand citizens returning home. The Prime Minister announced yesterday the tightening of COVID-19 border controls including extending bans on cruise ships and  compulsory managed isolation for everyone entering the country.

It is important to continue to remain vigilant around keeping safe and clean, staying home if you are feeling unwell and keeping track of where you have been throughout the day.

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Matariki community planting days

Whangarei District Council present Matariki Community Planting Days to be held on Saturday 27 June, Saturday 11 July and Saturday 25 July between 10am and noon. Parks and Recreation Manager Sue Hodge said the site has been prepared and 10,000 native trees have been funded through the Matariki Tu Rākau Programme – part of the government’s One Billion Trees programme. More information here

Keeping work safe and fair during and post COVID-19

The Government is supporting safe workplaces as the country enters Level 1. The investment will ensure employers and employees know their rights and obligations while at the same time supporting two new health and safety initiatives that will maintain the momentum to cut work-related harm. The programmes will provide:

  • Health and safety leadership by industry
  • Health and safety promotion and technical information
  • Employment Services support and contestable fund

More detail can be found here.

​Provincial Growth Fund reset helps regional economies

$600 million of Provincial Growth Fund money will be used to support regional economies as they recover from COVID-19. The funding is repurposed Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) money and unallocated funding from the Regional Investment Opportunities Contingency. Some of the objectives around the new round of funding are specific to creation of immediate jobs, projects that can begin as soon as possible and have visibility within the region. There are additional funding streams including Marae renovations and Fencing of Waterways. More info here: Provincial Growth Fund reset helps regional economies

New roles to help health and healthy relationship teaching

Well-overdue frontline support for high quality teaching which focuses on mental health and wellbeing of children and young people was announced by Associate Minister of Education Tracey Martin. Forty Curriculum Leads who will work directly with schools, kura, early learning services and kōhanga reo to support the teaching of mental health and healthy relationships and promote the wellbeing of learners. You can Read full story here

Water sorage project

Te Rarawa te Iwi  has launched their major water storage project at its Sweetwater Farming property in Ahipara. With Matariki, it was a time to celebrate and prepare the ground for the coming year. Te Rarawa Chairman Haami Piripi said the project and the events were of special cultural significance. More here and Te Hiku Radio interview

Te Rūnanga o Whaingaroa supporting Tupu Tahi 

Te Rūnanga o Whaingaroa is supporting Tupu Tahi (Growing Together), a community-hapu driven group that has been established for Whangaroa to share knowledge, tips and innovative initiatives on how we grow our kai gardens. Seedlings were gifted to the Whaingaroa community to ignite the greenfingers within! Click here to find out more

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