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Protective Equipment now available in North Canterbury

  Frontline first responders and healthcare workers in North Canterbury now have a local option to source their Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). 3D Labs in Kaiapoi – as part of the Techmedics Group – has proactively pursued its place within the global community 3D printing initiative to help stop the transmission of COVID-19. It is printing the head bands for the Personal Protection Shields they have sourced. They are currently supplying them to the public for what ...

Farmers take the yin with the yang

Some welcome positivity has been expressed for New Zealand’s farmers as they continue to work to feed the nation during the Coronavirus 2019 pandemic (COVID-19). Agriculture is deemed as an essential service, so it’s been business as usual for the farming fraternity, despite the nationwide lockdown. There are several pressure points within farmer-to-farmer conversations as they work out the best way forward. One of the biggest observations in-house – outside of how to get everything done ...
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North Canterbury Business Connecting Students to Literacy Program During Lockdown

A North Canterbury educational resource provider is aiming to provide a free login to its literacy development program to every school-aged child in New Zealand during the COVID-19 lockdown. The Learning Staircase, based in Rangiora, designs and retails top quality educational resources and software for learners of all ages including adults and learners with specific learning disabilities. Their StepsWeb online program lets learners improve their literacy, vocabulary, comprehension and verbal reasoning via research-based tools, games ...

North Canterbury Jobs Could be Saved by Changes to Subsidy Scheme

Changes to the Government’s Wage Subsidy Scheme announced today may save some jobs in the face of the COVID-19 lockdown. The Government has today made modifications to the scheme including: Businesses accessing the scheme must still undertake best endeavours to pay employees 80% of their pre-COVID income. Where that is not possible – in particular where a business has no activity whatsoever due to the shutdown and workers are not working any hours – they must ...