MPDC update 27 March. Day Two
Thames Valley Councils join forces against COVID-19
On the first day of a state of emergency across New Zealand, a Civil Defence Emergency Operating Centre was established in Thames for the Thames Coromandel, Matamata-Piako and Hauraki Districts.
Civil Defence Local Controller, Steve Fabish says “from what we can see so far, most New Zealanders are doing the right thing and staying home.
“Our focus is on understanding the needs of all our communities, having systems in place to ensure we’re supporting anyone in need, and forward planning for our communities during this emergency.”
The Civil Defence response is supported by local Mayors.
“Our key staff and contractors are still working hard to make sure essential services like water, wastewater, rubbish collection and cemeteries continue to operate,” says Matamata-Piako Mayor Ash Tanner. “The Civil Defence response means we are also ensuring that people are right at the heart of our local response.”
"We genuinely appreciate the effort everyone is putting in to control the spread of this virus - from those of you bunkering down in your isolation bubbles, to those who are working hard to provide some normality in these challenging times by ensuring the basics of life are still available. It's not easy but we will get through this if we all play our part and look after each other,” added Hauraki District Mayor Toby Adams.
Thames-Coromandel District Mayor Sandra Goudie highlighted how important it is to look after yourself during the lockdown period. "As we settle into a new not-normal, it's good to think about putting in some routines to help get through," she says. "Look at your isolation bubble and what you are able to do. There are some great tips on the covid19.govt.nz website about what you can do over this lockdown period, such as exercising and accessing your essentials like food and medicine but please remember to stay local and keep two-meters from others."
"These are extraordinary times. Please be kind and patient while we try to keep our communities clean and while keeping everyone safe."
You can stay up to date with local information at tcdc.govt.nz, hauraki-dc.govt.nz, mpdc.govt.nz or by following your council on Facebook. The Thames Coromandel District Council Facebook page has some great daily video inspiration from local people of how to stay home, save lives.
For all the latest information on COVID-19 and the national response, go to covid19.govt.nz or follow the Ministry of Health on Facebook.