I want to thank you for the commitment you and your fellow residents have shown in maintaining the level 3 lockdown over the past week. I know that it has been difficult to do this when we know that there are no cases of the Covid virus in your village (that we are aware of). I am really proud of you, and all our villages, in the way that you have helped to achieve the goal of eliminating the virus from NZ and to keep you, your neighbours and other New Zealanders, who are strangers to us, safe from the worst effects of the virus.
Having said that, I also know that you will be wanting to be getting back in touch with your family and friends and have a more ‘normal’ life outside the village. I would like you to be able to do that too.
Yesterday the Government announced that there were no new cases of Covid-19 to report. I was very glad to hear that, as I had been hoping for it much sooner. Now that we have finally reached the milestone I am sure that the Ministry of Health and Government will be planning on moving us out of level 3.
BUT, it is important for us to acknowledge that we are not there yet.
I know that keeping to the Level 3 rules is going to be hard knowing that we are so close to having “Beaten The Bug”, but I appeal to you to keep on going for one more week.
One of the messages I have been giving my staff is that we owe an enormous debt for the success of beating the bug to those people who have lost a great deal. I personally have 4 friends whose businesses have failed in the last 5 weeks and their livelihoods, retirement plans and hope for the future are now bust. Two friends have lost their mothers and were unable to attend the funerals to say farewell. Others have had to cancel weddings or have lost jobs. It is now for the sake of these people that I am following the rules and making sure that everyone over whom I have influence are doing so too. We must keep focused and not allow us to be responsible for a re-emergence of the virus in our communities.
I also know that it is easy for me to say that we can do this for 1 more week (and I hope it is not extended for any longer) because I don’t know what you are going through. This is why we have asked your manager and our support team behind them to provide help and encouragement to anyone in the villages who are under pressure in this last week. If you need any support or help in any way please make sure that you contact your manager and we will do what we can for you.
In the meantime please keep up the support and village activities that have been happening within your big village bubble. I have enjoyed hearing about and seeing the pictures of the things you’ve been up to. We are not far from being able to get back to normal and I’m sure that we will have an enormous party to celebrate!
Keep up the good work and keep safe.
Karaka Pines Villages
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