On Friday 19th November our Chair Annabel Turley and Nicki Carter were invited to talk to Prime Minister Jacinda Arden about the current situation in Christchurch and the COVID19 Framework.
They both had time to talk and advocate to the Prime Minister about the issues facing our members.
Nicki spoke about the lawlessness and lack of police resources in the Christchurch central city, which is also a problem for the other large cities in New Zealand. Nicki asked for the government to support more policing in the central city and we were assured they would look into increasing our policing. Local MP Megan Woods suggested these people are homeless but was corrected that the vast majority of these people were just breaking the law and dealing drugs.
Nicki thanked the Prime Minister and the government for not putting us into another lockdown by taking into account our high vaccination rates when we had our first delta case a few weeks ago.
Annabel talked to the Prime Minister about the government workers and other office workers working from home and how it has had a significant impact on businesses in our city, especially small to medium businesses. We said that a return of office workers would make a substantial difference to our members; the Prime Minister said working from home was only a suggestion, and that under the traffic light system, this would likely change.
We thanked the prime minister for the resurgence payments as it made a difference to our members.
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