The announcement by the Prime Minister to go to Level 3 and then to Level 4 as of 11.59pm Wednesday, highlights the speed at which the situation is evolving, said Tasman Mayor Tim King.

“We have spent the last few weeks planning for this eventuality and want to assure all residents that we are in a good position to deliver the essential utility services required by the District, such as water, waste water and rubbish collection.

“Council’s Service Centres in Richmond, Motueka, Takaka and Murchison have closed, along with recreation centres and pools, as per Government instructions. This follows the closure of libraries over the weekend. However our call centre will be staffed throughout and we are will continue to respond to emergencies as required. Please call us any time on 03 543 8400.”

In responding to calls to cut rates and fees and charges through this time, our current focus is on the continued delivery of essential services to ensure our communities can operate safely in this rapidly changing situation. We appreciate this is a time of massive uncertainty for everyone in the community and financial concerns are a huge part of the uncertainty for many.

We have time to consider and work through any possible changes before 30 June, as any changes we could make will not come into effect until 1 July. Ratepayers should be assured the Council will be looking at all the options available to it after we ensure essential services are being delivered and maintained.

In the meantime, we ask anyone with concerns to contact us as to how we can work to help them individually through this difficult time. For more details about the financial support available from central government, visit covid19.govt.nz(external link).

All Committee and Council meetings have been cancelled.

“There have been discussions about the use of alternative venues and technology to enable meetings to take place but the speed of the current changes mean this isn’t our top priority for now. It may be reassessed as the situation develops.   

“We are continuing to work with Civil Defence regionally and follow the lead of the Government’s strategy to ‘flatten the curve’.”

For all information about the Government’s decisions and for advice please go to www.covid19.govt.nz.(external link)

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