CEO Update May

CEO Update May

Yesterday, the Prime Minster announced a move to Alert Level 2, beginning 11:59pm tomorrow (Wednesday, 13 May). The government continues to give the message that this is about getting the economy back up and running, but we must all ‘play it safe’. The great news is we’ll be able to see friends, shop with local retailers, and have a meal out at your favorite local restaurant again!

Trust Tairāwhiti has surveyed and spoken with over 350 businesses and community groups since Level 4 restrictions commenced.

Businesses identify a reduction in customers, short term cash flow and staff wellbeing as the biggest areas of concern and would like support with financial planning, business continuity and strategy. Community groups identified financial support, along with whānau and social support, as their highest priorities.

Community feedback gave us really good information and the Trust felt we were in a position to support a number of projects immediately, whilst also sharing our knowledge and resources with other local leaders to consider in shaping Rau Tipu Rau Ora (Tairāwhiti COVID-19 Response and Recovery Plan).

Our Regional Business Partners programme have directly supported 90 businesses (35% of these are Māori businesses), including vouchers for advice in the areas of cashflow, business continuity, HR, digital enablement and marketing. They have also run a series of online workshops focussing on key support areas identified in the survey.

The Let’s Shop Tairāwhiti! Facebook page has received a lot of interest and has profiled over 250 local businesses which have registered. The Tairāwhiti community’s continued support of these businesses in the coming months will be crucial to their survival.

Community organisations continue to do amazing work and we have supported initiatives, such as Te Aroha Kanarahi Trust for Go-to-Bags for the region’s most vulnerable, Gizzy Kai Rescue for food distribution and Tauawhi Men’s Centre, to assist their phone support service.

As our ‘new normal’ changes again we encourage you all to complete our Level 2 Survey. This survey focuses on what changes the move to Level 3 has meant for your business or community group, compared to Level 4, and what you anticipate Level 2 will mean for you.  

Insights from the survey will enable us to make informed decisions regarding Trust support and provide valuable insights for Rau Tipu Rau Ora (Tairāwhiti COVID-19 Response and Recovery Plan) and government agencies.

As Trust staff come back together on Thursday, one of our big priorities will be to complete He Tohu Ora – Regional Wellbeing Framework. The past few months has reinforced our view that He Tohu Ora, and the balance of factors that impact the wellbeing of our communities, is important in both good and challenging times. We look forward to sharing our framework in July.

I am excited to see you all again konohi ki te konohi – from 1 metre away- later this week!
Tātau Tātau
Gavin Murphy CEO