Councillors met via video conference to decide on the $3.43 million package for businesses and ratepayers hit hardest by the lockdown.
It includes a welfare package for community organisations, and an extension of the council's rates rebate scheme to include those who have recently lost their jobs and don't have savings.
Read more about it - and how local projects could help the economy recover after lockdown - here.
It's inspirational to meet a family that's taken the plunge to leave the rat race and establish themselves in the country. This couple not only managed to keep their jobs, but also build a stunning house on the Coromandel Peninsula that has caught the eye of NZIA judges.
Kia ora Waikato, it's time to dust off that old camera, get out and about and show the rest of your neighbours your favourite, treasured spots in your region. It could be an awesome view, the shy wildlife or even the old buildings that are wanting their stories to be told.
Go ahead, get snapping and illustrate what's beyond your backyard.
Post your photographs in the comments below ⬇
Kerbside rubbish and recycling is back to normal next week but will be one day later due to Queen's Birthday on Monday (1 June).