2020 has certainly been a very challenging year for us all as we navigate the uncertainties of a global pandemic and the havoc it is wreaking on personal freedoms, international economies and future prospects.
With new community cases of Covid-19 and heightened alert levels around the country, I am aware that people are feeling renewed anxiety about the future. While the Level 2 guidelines that are currently in place in Selwyn are less prohibitive than the Level 3 restrictions in place in the Auckland region, they nonetheless do have a considerable impact on hospitality businesses; sporting and cultural events and also on consumer confidence levels.
I am concerned that once again the Government's apparent expectations around testing and the testing that was actually occurring of frontline border and quarantine staff do not marry up. It is easy for the Prime Minister and her Ministers to blame people for refusing tests and blame the Ministry of Health for not rolling out the testing quickly enough but in the end it is the responsibility of the Government Ministers to ask the right questions and know exactly what is going on. This Government does not appear to be able to hold its own officials to account which is extremely worrying.
Getting help and advice
For the latest information on health guidelines and requirements relating to Covid-19, visit https://covid19.govt.nz/
There is practical and financial support available for businesses that have been impacted by Covid-19. Businesses in the South Island can call the Business helpline on 0800 50 50 96.
If you are struggling with anxiety or depression, please reach out to your GP, or free call or text 1737 any time for support from a trained counsellor.
New election date
As I am sure you are aware, the election date has been changed from September 19th and will now be held on Saturday October 17th. Advance voting will be available from the 3rd of October and those who cannot go to a polling booth for reasons of illness or disability can apply for postal voting by calling 0800 36 76 56.
Valedictory Speech to Parliament
As you may know, retiring MPs are given the opportunity to give a final or valedictory speech in the House prior to the adjournment of Parliament. This is an opportunity to wrap up your time as an MP and touch on some of your memories and final thoughts. For me, it was an emotional part of saying goodbye as your MP. If you would like to see me delivering my speech, you can watch it here.
Hon Amy Adams