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COVID-19 recovery effort in Wairoa

Tautoko Wairoa, Buy Local... & WIN!

Council and the Wairoa Post-Settlement Governance Entity Tatau Tatau o Te Wairoa have rolled out the Tautoko Wairoa Buy Local and Win Campaign.

This is part of the wider Wairoa post-COVID economic recovery plan (which Courtney has been working hard on. You may need to get more information from her about this).

This promotion is part of the Wairoa District Council Tautoko Wairoa Buy Local campaign to support local businesses in the wake of COVID-19.

To enter, just spend $30 or more at a participating store, and write your name and phone number on the back of your receipt and drop it in the entry box.

Every week a draw will be held, and one lucky shopper will have a chance to win a $100 credit to spend at a participating store.

There is no limit on the entries per person. The more entries the more chances to win.

As part of this promotion, Council has initiated the Tautoko Wairoa Buy Local campaign, which includes branding that aligns to these principles.

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Wairoa Rangatahi Into Employment Fund

Council is now actively promoting the Wairoa Rangatahi Into Employment Fund.

The Wairoa Rangatahi Into Employment Fund aims to improve skills and employment opportunities for young people (aged 16 to 25) in the Wairoa District. The Wairoa Community Partnership Governance Group will oversee this funding and approve expenditure via a small sub-group of members.

This initiative will look first at programmes, services and funding already in place to support young people into work and complement those supports if needed. The majority of the funds should be used to benefit rangatahi directly.

In the COVID-19 recovery phase, Council understands how important it is for rangatahi aged 16 to 25 to seek as much support as possible to access the resources needed for sustained employment opportunities, and/or the desire to upskill.

Council has so far approved 12 rangatahi applications to this fund, and are actively seeking more rangatahi interest.

Visit our Rangatahi into Employment page for more information and to apply.

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Lottery COVID-19 Community Wellbeing Fund

The new lottery fund worth $40 million has been established to focus on community and social initiatives in response to COVID-19. The Lottery Grants Board wants to help the most vulnerable people and communities as they provide support, rebuild and strengthen our communities and help with the recovery. Support will include social initiatives, marae, community facilities, heritage, environment activities, outdoor safety, health research and individuals with disabilities.

The funding will be able to be used to support groups that have lost access to funding sources, have extra demand on their services or are now working in different ways in responding to COVID-19. The Fund will provide one-off grants and is expected to be up and running in the last quarter of the year.

Find out more

Pakihi Ora

Pakihi Ora was a business wellness initiative developed by the partnership between Wairoa District Council and Tātau Tātau o Te Wairoa.

Undertaken by JMP consulting, the aim was to connect with businesses to examine how they have been impacted and what practical support was required moving out of lockdown and through the COVID-19 levels.

Pakihi Ora engaged with over 60 businesses across the Wairoa District and identified a range of needs including support relating to finances and compliance, strategic and business planning, sales and marketing and improving online presence and e-commerce.

Whakamanahia Te Wairoa

Tātau Tātau o Te Wairoa, Ngāti Pāhauwera Development Trust and Wairoa District Council have come together to develop a community-driven, aligned, focused, and coordinated socio-economic response to COVID-19, supporting the Wairoa region, its communities, and peoples.

This response focuses on immediate actions, employment, short and long-term projects, that address the current response and aligns with the aims of Wairoa.

Download the response plan

Recovery Information

Find information about recovery, community grants, provider capability & resilience, food secure communities and other topics that are related to COVID-19 on the Ministry of Social Development Website or download the pdf files in the sections below.

Community Grants, Provider Capability & resilience

Investing in the Resilience and Recovery of Providers

Strengthening the Capability of the Community Sector

Supporting Under-served Rural and Provincial Communities

Food Secure Communities

Visit the Ministry of Social Development website for more information about food secure communities or download the pdf below.

Strengthening Community Access to Food and Food Security

Family Violence, Sexual Violence

Find out what the Government is doing to respond to the increased demand for family violence services through funding for family violence services through budget 2020 to build a sustainable future for family violence services.

Supporting Specialist Family Violence Services

Increasing Specialist Family Violence Services

Building Financial Capabilities

Building Financial Capability (BFC) is a range of services and products that help people, families and whānau experiencing hardship to build their financial capability and resilience. Find out more on the Ministry of Social Development website.

Government Information for Businesses

Visit the government’s central resource for COVID-19 business information with updates about COVID-19 and guidance to help businesses. This is where you’ll find information about:

  • latest news and updates
  • operating at Alert Level 1
  • financial support for businesses
  • employment and work visas
  • leases and tenancies
  • exporters and importers
  • working from home.
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