By Claire Edmondson, General Manager
It has been a
question of when, and not if, the Delta variant of Covid-19 would reach our
shores. It is now here and it is a game-changer. It continues to infect and
kill masses around the world.
The presence of
the Delta variant in our community has caused major disruption for
New Zealanders. When we learnt last Tuesday there was one confirmed case
of Covid-19 in our community, many of us knew a full lockdown was imminent.
New Zealand remains in a Level 4 lockdown – Auckland will remain at this
level until next Tuesday (31 August); for the rest of the country, the
lockdown is in force until tomorrow (Friday, 28 August) and will be
overseas media outlets appeared gobsmacked over New Zealand’s decision to move
the whole country into a full lockdown over just one confirmed case. That
reaction was quickly proven ill-informed when the number of Covid-19 positive
cases started increasing at pace.
The source of
the latest community outbreak is most likely a leak from a quarantine facility
– this episode is enough reason for a review of some of our Covid-19 response
and containment strategies, e.g. managed isolation and quarantine facilities being
concentrated in the nation’s most populous region.
especially relevant as the government has indicated that measures such as
lockdowns and closed borders could not be sustained forever and would be
For the moment,
the current lockdown, good hygiene practices, socially distancing ourselves,
getting tested if unwell, following government advice and getting vaccinated
remain our best bets.
is available. Some of the more prominent schemes for our members would be the Resurgence Support Payment and the Wage Subsidy August 2021. Also available are
Support Scheme, the Short
Term Absence Payment and childcare
support for essential workers.
There are also
mental help services available. Further information can be accessed here.
continue providing you with updates as they become available.
Stay well and
feel free to reach out if we can be of any help.