20 April 2020

Tēnā koutou and nau mai, haere mai to the first edition of High Country Matters for 2020.

The last few weeks have been surreal to say the least as we all adjust to the impact Covid-19 is having on New Zealand and around the world.

I’m sure many of you have been inundated with updates about Covid-19 from various agencies and in the news, so we’ve decided to keep this edition short.

Like many of you we’ve had to change the way we’re operating to keep everyone safe during this uncertain time.

Our people are working from home, and all non-essential work is on hold, including pastoral lease visits and biocontrol field work.

You can find out more about how Covid-19 has impacted our Crown pastoral land work in the pastoral land section.  

We have enjoyed getting out and about and connecting with many of you over the last few months and look forward to resuming that as soon as possible. In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about how Covid-19 will impact how we work with you or if there is anything our team can do to support you at this challenging time. Thanks to those of you who have already been in touch.

I understand for some of you that Covid-19 has impacted your ability to reduce stock numbers at the sales or meat processing plants. If you need to decrease stock in order to comply with your stock exemption, and are concerned you will be unable to do so, please contact your Portfolio Manager to discuss how they can help. They are here to assist with any enquiries you may have.

I was pleased to recently see an opinion piece by High Country Accord chair Philip Todhunter on Stuff about how the primary sector will be at the forefront of New Zealand’s recovery from Covid-19.

At times like this, I believe it’s more important than ever for us to stay connected, and we will be in touch if we have any updates as the Covid-19 situation evolves. Once again, please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions or require any help. 

From the team here at LINZ, we hope you and your whānau are keeping well. Stay safe. Kia kaha.  

For more information about how to stay safe during the Covid-19 pandemic, visit www.Covid19.govt.nz.

Heoi anō tāku mō nāianei,

Jerome Sheppard – Deputy Chief Executive, Crown Property

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