You have to feel sorry for the people of Auckland - now in their fourth Covid lockdown in a year.
Having Aucklanders confined to their homes is having a massive impact on New Zealand’s economy. It’s not all fun and games in Tauranga though, where it’s likely that, even in level 2, we will be financially impacted by more than $6m.
The lack of incoming visitors from the north will leave a huge hole in our tourism businesses, and having to limit gatherings to 100 means many local events - even the cricket - have had to be abandoned.
I had three public meetings scheduled this month and, unfortunately, the first has already had to be cancelled. This has meant that hundreds of recreational fishers have lost an opportunity to meet with stakeholders and affected groups at a meeting I was hosting at the Sport Fishing Club.
This makes it even more important that people put their names on the petition I am taking to parliament next week, if they believe community consultation should have been promoted prior to Regional Council closing the reefs off Motiti Island. You have until Monday to sign at: www.toddmuller.co.nz/motiti
I’m still hopeful that a level drop may permit the next two meetings at 5.30pm on Monday, March 8 at Welcome Bay and 5pm on Monday, March 29 at Kaimai Hall. In case we do need to cancel due to Covid restrictions, I encourage everyone interested to register at: www.toddmuller.co.nz/events
I’m sure we all hope that the vaccination programme rolls out efficiently over the coming weeks and that all New Zealanders can drop down to level 1 next week.