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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.
From the MSD website....
Most people can access food and other essential items for themselves and their whanau, either through their own means or through their community providers or support networks like whānau, friends, iwi and neighbours. For some people this is not a possibility and they may need extra help to access the things they need during self-isolation, like food and medicines.
Financial help to people is available through Work and Income. This works well when people have their own way of getting the goods they need.
If you have an urgent need for essential supplies and you don’t have the means or transport to get it yourselves, you can contact your local Civil Defence and Emergency Group (CDEM) for help. This service is intended for people and whanau who don’t have any other options available to them.
The service operates seven days a week from 7am to 7pm.
If you find yourself in this situation, please phone your local Civil Defence and Emergency Management Group.
CDEM Group Public contact number
Northland 0800 790 791
Auckland 0800 222 296
Waikato 0800 800 405
Bay of Plenty 0800 884 222
Wanganui 0800 725 678
0800 900 077
Gisborne 0800 653 800
Hawke's Bay 0800 422 923
Wellington 0800 141 967
Nelson Tasman 0800 505 075
Marlborough 03 520 7400
Canterbury 0800 24 24 11
Chatham Islands 03 305 0033 Ex 715
West Coast 03 900 9329
Otago 0800 322 4000
Southland 0800 890 127
Hi there, hope you are all doing ok. What a strange day we are in.
If you are not part of an organised Neighbourhood support it is not too late. Go, knock on a door, keep your distance or watch out for when people are walking past, get each other's contact details so you can stay in touch and be friends and help each other out if need be. Especially for those over 70 or who are vulnerable, maybe don't have car, or with Special Needs.
It might be you can become a co operative.
It might that if you are needing to go to the shop, you check if two or three other need something to limit the number of people going - or if someone becomes unwell, someone else can deliver a meal to their door or someone might have loads of pumpkins or apples or lemons and they are willing to share (obviously, that would need to be under the strictest of hygiene) - or someone might be able to make some pumpkin soup or stewed apples but does not have the freezer space, but someone else does, so you can share the combined efforts.
If someone has a glass house, maybe you can offer to raise other people's seeds if they have them - you will have other cool ideas of how to help too.
My main point is, if you haven't go them, please try to get phone numbers and emails. Form WhatsApp groups etc. We must row this waka together and be there - albeit at a distance for each other.
Stay Well Everyone!
Please do any of these things with the most care possible to stay away from each other - if that makes sense!