Tararua District Businesses are the Fabric of our Towns and Villages
As Tararua slowly begins to come to life again after the Covid-19 lockdown, The Tararua District Council’s campaign #LoveLocalTararua focuses on the livelihoods of all who work in our district.
Tararua businesses are the fabric of our towns and villages, Tararua District councillor Kerry Sutherland said.
“I have a real heartfelt view of economic and business development, which has never been needed more than now.
“It’s an absolute necessity to support our businesses and their people because we need their survival for the future employment of our young people. We need to keep our disposable income within Tararua’s boundaries, especially over the next couple of years so we can grow.”
Sutherland said so much hinges on the survival and growth of local businesses.
“It’s about thinking about the bigger picture because Tararua businesses support our local sports teams and community events,” he said. “#LoveLocalTararua is about looking after each other and Covid-19 has given us a real opportunity to rejig and learn more about each other and appreciate what we all bring to our community.”
Tararua District mayor, Tracey Collis, said she’s pleased many businesses have implemented ways to service our communities along with keeping us all safe while doing so.
“But this has come at additional cost with reduced productivity and for many, with little money coming in.
“Every dollar spent in our communities and towns grows our district. Every dollar which goes out of our district is twice as hard to get back.”
Clare Green, co-owner of Westlow Workshop, said while they aren’t as busy as normal, they do feel very supported by our local community.
“That support is hugely important for a small family business like ours, which employs a total of 4 people,” she said. “The Government assistance has been very helpful and quick and easy, but it’s still hard. We’re open, even though our doors are closed. We have different processes to go through to deal with our customers and we are using live facebook feeds to connect with customers and promote our business.”
For Ian Stewart, owner of Stewart Autos in Dannevirke, spending locally is vitally important.
“Every local person should be supporting locals,” he said.
And although operating under new rules in Alert Level 3, Stewart said his business continues to do all they can for their customers.
“We’re following the rules, there’s extra cleaning and of course, observing social distancing rules,” he said. “But people are very good at understanding the need for the rules and during the first week of operating in Alert Level 3 it went very well.”
One of the ways we can help each other and secure the livelihoods of people in our district is to pay our bills on time, or even better, pay faster and get money circulating, Mayor Collis said.
“Can you help the money-go-round for businesses, as cashflow is critical to paying wages and in turn putting food on the tables of our local people working in these businesses. Are you able to help out by paying a little earlier? Council is committed to playing its part and have already started paying accounts weekly.
“Council is also underway with Long Term Plan discussions which include a new vision and branding, re-shaping and re-considering our thinking and direction. “We are focused on a future of growth and will continue to focus and be prepared for Tararua to revitalise and flourish again.”
Caption: Westlow Workshop is open and Mike Green's working hard even though the doors are closed
For a list of other mechanics operating at Alert Level 3 click here