I know many of you are feeling anxious about the health and livelihoods of your families and communities right now. I am determined to be available to you as a source of information, advocacy, connection and support. I have suspended my planned campaign activities so I can focus on these duties.
Contact me anytime:
Phone: 0800 628 7336
I’m here to serve you so here are some ways I can help:
Health Information & Advice
The most up to date health information on COVID-19 is available at this Ministry of Health website: https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus
More general information about New Zealand’s efforts to address the virus and its impacts can be found here: https://covid19.govt.nz/
If you are having difficulty navigating these websites or have unanswered questions please contact me directly.
Support for the Isolated & Vulnerable
Many in our community are feeling isolated and vulnerable right now. Some don’t have access to the internet and may need information, or help with deliveries, food or other services. If you are concerned for a community member or relative please let me know so I can give them a call, provide support directly or help connect them with some of the incredible people and organisations already gearing-up to help. If you or anyone you know is feeling overwhelmed and needs to talk to a trained counsellor you can free call or text 1737.
Business & Employment Support
The Government has released a package of financial support for businesses and employees, contractors and self-employed. Information on the support that may be available to you is here: https://www.workandincome.govt.nz/products/a-z-benefits/covid-19-support.html?fbclid=IwAR3EPhx4FMI3e22R-Jl0Ob8vECSCXuuRH7uj1RqCtTcfvofPdF_o8HVQcos.
If you are concerned you “fall between the gaps” or are having difficulty accessing support please contact me so I can help navigate and advocate for you. The Government has acknowledged there will be a need for a second phase of support, so I will be working to ensure Ministers have your feedback on what that should look like.
Community Connection & Co-ordination
I am in touch with community leaders and support groups, so if you want to know what support may be available in your neighbourhood, please let me know and I will connect you. I am impressed by the efforts of so many already to provide moral and practical support to their neighbours and wider community. Our Councils have moved quickly to support those living in pensioner housing.
Early Childhood Education Specific Concerns
As National’s Associate Spokesperson for Children, I’m determined to be a source of information and advocacy for parents and teachers with concerns about what the virus means for you. Information is available here: http://www.education.govt.nz/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-3/ and if you have further concerns or questions please don’t hesitate to contact me.
I won’t be at the usual community events so I will be finding alternative ways to communicate and make myself available to you, including through Facebook. Keep an eye on this page and my social media for updates from me, and as always, contact me if you need to.
Questions and Concerns
If you have any questions or concerns that fall outside the areas listed above, just contact me. My support is available to everyone: The ripples of this unfolding pandemic are deep, wide and being felt by all of us, from kids to grand-parents, neighbours and work places. You are not alone in your anxiety and concern.
It’s important we support each other during this difficult time and I am determined to fulfill my representative duties to you.
Stay safe and well
Maureen Pugh MP