Council is looking to build and strengthen its community now and in the coming years. Council has already been working to support local business to better adapt and recover from the impacts to Covid-19. Now, Council would like to invite the broader community to discuss challenges, impacts and possibilities as the climate continues to change.

These are really important conversations to clearly define where Council can assist and advocate for recovery out of Covid-19. Ultimately, your input will also help shape a component of Council's Strengthening Communities Plan (traditionally called a social infrastructure plan). This Plan will inform ways that Council can play a role in building stronger communities. Please take a few minutes to answer the following questions by sharing your experiences and thoughts.

Phase 1 consultation

Question 1

Question 2

What's been challenging for you, OR someone you know, in dealing with Covid-19?

29 June, 2020

angelique_waw says:

“Isolation ,whilst getting out trying to walk lack of infrastructure -foorpaths places for kids to scoot”

29 June, 2020

Bev says:

“Isolation. Closure of community groups.”

25 June, 2020

JCW says:

“keeping small business running during restrictions”

25 June, 2020

alison_drew says:

“No income from our business”

24 June, 2020

Stuart_66 says:

“Although I have remained employed my partner has had her remuneration effectively halved. This puts a strain on the family budget.”

24 June, 2020

Rosalie says:

“Developing new ways of engaging with colleagues and the public while working from home for an extended period.”

24 June, 2020

JoBe says:

“The main challenge has been in shifting our workforce to predominantly work from home, while also continuing face to face service delivery. ”

24 June, 2020

goodnanh says:

“At the start of the lock down, trying to operate as best that we could behind closed doors. There was a lot of referrals to other groups.”

24 June, 2020

Kev says:

“Finding innovative ways of service delivery to meet contractual agreements”

24 June, 2020

M.B31535 says:

“Just the lack of understanding of peoples health conditions. Especially in the workplaces. ”

24 June, 2020

Donna says:

“COVID 19 hasn't really affected me, however I do know a number of people who have been and our effected by COVID19. ”

23 June, 2020

anna_ford says:

“our school P&C with all the restrictions in place we are unable to fundraise and that is how we make our money to support the school ”

Question 3

What continues to be the biggest impact to you, OR someone you know, due to Covid-19?

29 June, 2020

angelique_waw says:

“Family members losing or not finding jobs .unable to pay bills and the risk of losing your house .as well as no support for N.Z citizens”

29 June, 2020

Bev says:

“Lack of understanding of the importance of social distancing from some community members”

25 June, 2020

JCW says:

“accessing small businesses to keep work local.”

25 June, 2020

alison_drew says:

“Income”

24 June, 2020

Stuart_66 says:

“Reduced income”

24 June, 2020

Rosalie says:

“Uncertainty about the future.”

24 June, 2020

JoBe says:

“Maintaining support for clients and staff while working in a more remote manner, recognising there are many diverse responses to changes.”

24 June, 2020

goodnanh says:

“People are still in need and very concerned still about Covid-19.”

24 June, 2020

M.B31535 says:

“Cross information that you receive from medical personnel then what you get on mainstream media. ”

24 June, 2020

Donna says:

“I havn't been effected but I've seen other famlies struggling, once they have paid all the bills there is nothing left for food.”

23 June, 2020

anna_ford says:

“Not being able to fundraise to make money for day to day items”

23 June, 2020

CathyEaste says:

“I have opened my home to a mother + daughter as they could not find rental - repeatedly told they need pay 3 months rent inadvance”

Question 4

Is there something that you AND/OR your group are doing so people adapt and feel supported?

29 June, 2020

Bev says:

“Exercising with a friend outdoors. Continue to role model social distancing guidelines”

25 June, 2020

JCW says:

“We created an online 'meeting' space”

25 June, 2020

alison_drew says:

“Jobkeeper Some contactless deliveries”

24 June, 2020

Stuart_66 says:

“Not part of a group. Partner volunteered as a qualified carer to elderly in need but after initial phone call was never contacted again.”

24 June, 2020

Rosalie says:

“Offering opportunities for customers to access information, support and workshops through Zoom platform.”

24 June, 2020

JoBe says:

“Offering a range of different modalities, being flexible to individual needs of staff and clients.”

24 June, 2020

goodnanh says:

“Make our community feel welcome and that GNH are here to listen and help.”

24 June, 2020

M.B31535 says:

“Other people are allowed to work a seperate roster but some have to come to work 5 days a week which i think is not fair. ”

24 June, 2020

Donna says:

“We have incresed our call outs to the public for food, clothes and vouchers.”

23 June, 2020

CathyEaste says:

“Set up food bank in my local street and community library”

23 June, 2020

Tabitha says:

“Provide a customer service team to regularly keep in contact with participants. Provide extra support to staff & flexible work arrangement”

22 June, 2020

Billy says:

“Keeping regular communication with our members. Checking in regularly and making sure the support networks are there.”

Question 5

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