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Mayor Helen in the EOC

Morena

I’m Helen Worboys,  Mayor of Manawatū District and I’m standing in our Emergency Operations Centre. 

These good people around me are Council staff, who aside from their day jobs, are specially trained in Emergency Management and whose role is to support you by co-ordinating the welfare efforts, logistics and communications for our community, during emergency situations such as this COVID19 event.

Our awesome community groups and agencies are out and about, checking up on our elderly and vulnerable and generally assisting people in need. 

If you would like to volunteer to help, please complete the volunteer registration form on Council’s website or phone our Customer Service team to register your details.

Also if you need some support or just a friendly voice to talk too, please ask. You can go online Council’s website and complete the Support Request form or phone in your details to our Customer Service team on 06 323 0000. 

This may simply  be to have a chat with someone because you are worried or feeling lonely, or maybe have no transport to collect prescriptions or groceries. We are here to help you.

Our advice is to follow the instructions of the Prime Minister and the official Ministry of Health website covid19.govt.nz.

Please stay home as much as possible, wash your hands regularly, get some outdoor exercise such as going for a walk around the neighbourhood with your bubble but remember to keep your distance from other people. Keep in contact with family and friends by phone and social media - maybe have a virtual picnic in pictures, and be thankful every day for the good things you have in your life.

Please be kind to each other and watch out for your neighbours. Yes we know this is going to be a tough time ahead for all of us and yes it is scary not knowing when it will be over. But remember -  help and support is only a phone call away.

 We are a great community who cares and together we will come out of this stronger, appreciating what is most important in life – our health, our family and our friends. 

Take care and stay safe!