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Posted on 20 April, 2020

Update from your Trust

Update from your Trust

  • ARE YOU IN NEED OF ASSISTANCE OR HELP?
  • DON’T BE EMBARASSED OR AFRAID TO ASK.
  • AND IF YOU DO NEED HELP PLEASE DON’T WAIT TO BE CONTACTED, CALL YOUR TRUST.
  • THERE ARE STILL A LOT OF MEMBERS THAT NEED TO UPDATE THEIR CONTACT DETAILS OTHERWISE IT IS
  • IMPOSSIBLE TO GET IN TOUCH WITH THEM

Kia ora koutou katoa

Lockdown is really starting to impact on our members now. There are 671 registered members in Aotearoa and overseas that have a Kaumātua status out of a total of 4000 members.
The Phone Tree Team has been working through the Kaumātua list. Disappointingly not all Te Ātiawa members have provided their current contact details, this includes Kaumātua. It is vital that you update your contact details; and or those of your whānau members if they are not able to do so themself.

CLICK HERE TO UPDATE>>

Pleasingly, Te Ātiawa have been able to help those Kaumātua through the Phone Tree Team that needed help, and Te Ātiawa have followed up also with associated support agencies, to make sure arrangements for assistance or help were carried through.

It can not be stressed strongly enough to our members, whether they are in the Kaumātua category or not, if you NEED assistance or help from your Trust, you are encouraged to contact the Trust on any one of the following Phone Tree Team numbers.

  • 022 694 1950
  • 027 382 8853
  • 027 383 7733
  • 027 382 9453
  • 027 380 5522

Remember, if we don’t know that you are in need of help, then we can not assist you or your whānau, during this very dire situation that our members, the country, and the world finds itself in.

You may not require assistance or help, but you may know of a member that does.

So, it would be appreciated if you do know of any whānau member requiring help, to forward the contact details to us or get them to ring so we can see what we can do to help.

We will make every endeavour to render fast assistance, be it assistance with emergency housing, access to food or medical or any other assistance.

Don’t forget even though the office is working in the virtual environment, you can still ring either of the Trust phone numbers: -
0800 284 292 or 03 573 5170 (Overseas Members ring +64 3 573 5170)

MEANWHILE HERE IS SOME SHARED INFORMATION THAT HAS COME THROUGH FROM WORK AND INCOME VIA ONE OF OUR ASSOCIATE PARTNERS - MARLBOROUGH MĀORI WELFARE RECOVERY TEAM (MMWRT)

There are a lot of whānau who have either lost their job due to COVID-19, or they are waiting for MSD financial supports to come through, or they are simply just struggling to make ends meet. It’s hard out there in this environment, so it does pay to know what is on offer.

Please also remember, that as you can imagine, Work and Income are flat stick. So if you do ring the 0800 number, you might have to wait a little while, but they’ll get back to you as soon as they can.

The following is just a sample of the support Work and Income can provide. So please call them on 0800 559 009 (Monday to Friday 7am–6pm, Saturday to Sunday 8am – 1pm) to check your eligibility. And there may be other options available and they can point you in the right direction.

Winter Energy Payment rates will double for 2020

Single people with no dependent children will receive $40.91 and couples and people with dependent children $63.64 (for the period 1st May to 1st October).

Main benefit increases

From 1 April 2020 all main benefits increased by $25 per week. This increase to the after-tax rate will apply to:

  • Jobseeker Support
  • Sole Parent Support
  • Supported Living Payment
  • Young Parent Payment
  • Youth Payment
Support for employers

There are two payments available to support employers affected by COVID-19; a Wage Subsidy and the Essential Workers Leave Support.
How they can help
If you've been affected by COVID-19, they may be able to help – even if you’re not on a benefit. They encourage you to contact them if you:

  • need assistance
  • aren’t sure if you can get assistance
  • are struggling to support yourself, or your family
  • would like more information.
  • In emergencies, they can help with:
  • loss of livelihood (where you can’t work and have lost your income)
  • food (immediate needs up to a maximum amount)
  • emergency housing.

Just be aware that you may have to pay the money back depending on your situation.

It can not be stressed strongly enough to our members, whether they are in the Kaumātua category or not, if you NEED assistance or help from your Trust, you are encouraged to contact the Trust on any one of the following Phone Tree Team numbers.

  • 022 694 1950
  • 027 382 8853
  • 027 383 7733
  • 027 382 9453
  • 027 380 5522

Remember, if we don’t know that you are in need of help, then we can not assist you or your whānau, during this very dire situation that our members, the country, and the world finds itself in.

You may not require assistance or help, but you may know of a member that does.

So, it would be appreciated if you do know of any whānau member requiring help, to forward the contact details to us or get them to ring so we can see what we can do to help.

We will make every endeavour to render fast assistance, be it assistance with emergency housing, access to food or medical or any other assistance.

Don’t forget even though the office is working in the virtual environment, you can still ring either of the Trust phone numbers: -
0800 284 292 or 03 573 5170 (Overseas Members ring +64 3 573 5170)

MEANWHILE HERE IS SOME SHARED INFORMATION THAT HAS COME THROUGH FROM WORK AND INCOME VIA ONE OF OUR ASSOCIATE PARTNERS - MARLBOROUGH MĀORI WELFARE RECOVERY TEAM (MMWRT)

There are a lot of whānau who have either lost their job due to COVID-19, or they are waiting for MSD financial supports to come through, or they are simply just struggling to make ends meet. It’s hard out there in this environment, so it does pay to know what is on offer.

Please also remember, that as you can imagine, Work and Income are flat stick. So if you do ring the 0800 number, you might have to wait a little while, but they’ll get back to you as soon as they can.

The best way to keep up with this is to go to the Work and Income website https://www.workandincome.govt.nz/eligibility/emergencies/2020/coronavirus.html

Remember if there are whānau you know of that are struggling, then there are the normal avenues of referrals to Foodbank, or if it’s a COVID-19 related emergency, contact your Trust.

Most Banks also have a saving and budgeting tool similar to that which is on the Trust’s website. Have a look at your own bank, to see what types of tools and tips they have.

HAVE YOU WONDERED WHEN THE NEXT ADDITION OF THE TE ĀTIAWA PĀNUI WILL BE AVAILABLE?

The lockdown has prevented the mailout of the Pānui, HOWEVER it has been published and is available on the Trust website. As soon as the Printing company is able to resume work, the mailout will take place. To enjoy the stories as many of our members do CLICK HERE>>

While this Crisis continues, your Trust encourages you to visit the Te Atiawa website for updates. For example: check out the information on Saving and Budgeting (as mentioned above), or the link to the website PROTECT OUR WHAKAPAPA for ideas.

Be assured your Trust is on standby to support you through these challenging times.

In the meantime, please take extra care of yourself, your whānau, your friends and neighbours and be kind to others, especially at this very trying time.

Reduce Contact.   Reduce Risk.    Reduce Spread