|Woohoo no cases! We made it back to Level One. Congratulations everyone. We can be proud of our leadership, our essential workers and all Kiwis for obeying the rules. Children are back at school and we can play sports and hold weddings and funerals. Work has taken on a new normal with many people opting to work from home and stay out of the traffic. You can sign up to the covid tracing ap. Borders are still closed for all but returning residents so we will need to plan our holidays around our beautiful New Zealand. Need holiday ideas?
Lots of people are enjoying walking. Here are some more local walks.
Here is an incredible resource with loads of information about how to boost your emotional health and safety and those around you.
Neighbourhood Support Update
It is wonderful that most of the community groups are meeting again. There are many interest groups here like International Friends, Fabulous Fridays, Pony Club, Plunket, Mainly Music, Lounge, Collins, Fishing Club and a host of eco groups. Everyone needs to feel supported and cared for during this time of anxiety and economic hardship. If you have some spare time and would like to plug in and make a positive difference here are some weekly community groups to consider.
Thanks for supporting Greenhithe businesses. This helps them survive and thrive. You can find a useful list of them in the Greenhithe Directory.
We have decided to keep running the HELP system. Helping Empower Local People is a local online system matching volunteers available to help with people needing help with groceries or tasks. Thank you for checking on neighbours living alone or who are new, elderly or special needs. Please give them a wave or a call to check that they are ok. Life has changed dramatically for some, with job losses and reduced income. If you need food supplies, you can sign up through HELP. And don’t forget Spare Fare Here.
Level One could be an ideal time for a celebratory Neighbourhood Support BBQ. Let me know when you have a date planned and there may be a Simply Fresh BBQ voucher available. Street gatherings are great opportunities to invite any newcomers and update street lists. I am happy to drop off Welcome Packs.
Are you interested to hear Greenhithe history stories or add your own? Locals Ray and Herb and Mitchell have wonderfully added their stories.
Sadly, domestic violence is on the rise. If you know someone who needs help, please let them know about The Shielded Site. This button takes them to vital safety information and keeps their search history private. It’s also on the Greenhithe Community Trust home page.
Shore Grace and St Michael’s enjoyed online services during lockdown but nothing beats meeting face to face. Here are local church service times.
Here is the latest Greenhithe Collective Youth News. There is a Youth Art Workshop on June 20.
Thank you to all Neighbourhood Support Street Contacts for keeping in touch with your neighbours and updating details where needed. Here is the latest Greenhithe crime map. And here is Troy’s blog.
Greenhithe Ecology Network
There are new groups that have sprung up the past few weeks to restore reserves and control pests. Dedicated volunteers are doing fantastic environmental work. Trap NZ is an app that records pest control activity here so we can understand the fuller picture. Sign up to Trap NZ and have a chance to win a Good Nature gas trap! Find out more in the June Eco News. It is an inspiring read.
The Great Greenhithe Bird Count will run again from June 27 until July 5. Let’s find out if our hard work has been successful.
Keep on being kind and caring, stay safe, and if someone needs a smile, give them one of yours!