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With COVID-19 classified as a pandemic, there has never been a more important time to be Neighbourly. To ensure everyone in our communities feels safe and supported, spread facts not fear. Regularly consult government sources and encourage others to do the same.
During this uncertain time, it’s fine to feel a little overwhelmed. To keep up to date with the latest developments and how you can do your bit, visit https://covid19.govt.nz/.
Dear neighbours and NZ Gardener family,
Our April issue should be with our subscribers now and available in supermarkets and service stations (having been distributed prior to the lockdown restrictions). Whether or not it's on the stands yet is a bit patchy ... but then the incredibly brave and hard-working supermarket staff have quite a bit on their plate right now so I understand if there is a delay! Please, please, please everyone ... don't go out to buy it! Normally of course we love you buying NZ Gardener but right now it's far more important that you stay home and stay safe. (You can buy a copy with your online shopping though! That's safe and I think we are all in the market for something uplifting to read right now).
In this issue we offered to send out sweet pea seeds to any reader who sent us a SSAE. Just to reassure you, we will still send out sweet pea seeds to any reader who is keen to participate. We are just not quite sure when! Ignore the dates in the magazine of when you needed to send the envelope in by - that has been indefinitely extended. But we cannot wait to send you the seed and for those flowers to bloom as by then we will be well through this or even have it behind us. And keep letting us know what you are sowing and growing, send in pictures of your harvest, your flowers or what you are sharing.
We always love hearing from NZ Gardener readers but now when we are all staying apart that connection means more than you can imagine. Stay home, stay safe and stay in touch everyone. For the most updated gardening advice, subscribe to our digital e-zine Get Growing, which will be delivered to your inbox completely free.
Police, Northland District Health Board and Whangarei District Council have decided to move all outlying freedom campers to two sites in central Whangarei.
The move will ensure proper facilities can be provided for the welfare of campers and provide them with closer access to medical help should they require it during the month-long Covid-19 lockdown.
This applies to freedom campers and vehicle dwellers regardless of their self-containment certification status. The exception to this is freedom campers at Cobham Oval Car Park and the Finlayson St Car Park who should stay self-isolating where they currently are.
A main site has been set at Pohe Island at William Fraser Memorial Park on Riverside Drive and a second area at the Whangarei Aquatic Centre Carpark. Both carparks will be closed to the public for the duration of the lockdown.
Police will begin moving campers to the two sites over the next few days and campers should stay where they are until they are asked to move by Police or Council’s Armourguard officers.
Council is working with other agencies to try to find accommodation for anyone rough sleeping in cars during the lockdown.
Police, Northland District Health Board and Whangarei District Council remind locals to be kind to our overseas visitors at this time. They are guests in our district and have been caught up in this difficult situation through no fault of their own.