Mooney urges southerners to look out for each other during lockdown

MP for Southland Joseph Mooney’s message to southern communities is to stay safe and look after each other following yesterday’s announcement of a three-day national lockdown.

Like the rest of New Zealand, the Southland Electorate moved to alert level four today following confirmation of a COVID19 case in the community in Auckland, which is suspected to be the highly transmissible Delta variant of the virus.


“The threat the Delta variant poses to the safety of New Zealand’s communities is a significant one.”

“Of course it is vital that all of us in the south abide by the level 4 restrictions.”

“The Delta variant has travelled quickly across Australia recently and the results in states like New South Wales have been devastating.”

Mooney says looking out for each other, especially the elderly and those in vulnerable situations is essential.

“It’s the southern way to look out for your family, your friends and your neighbours.”

“Our communities showed incredible kindness during last year’s lockdowns and I am sure it will be on show again.”

“I encourage anyone needing support to reach out, though we may be socially distanced no one should feel isolated.”

Mooney says that message is a vital one for rural communities.

“The timing of the lockdown will put more pressure on the Dairy Farming sector with calving well underway on many farms in the south.”

“Calving is such a busy time of year and these farms were already under pressure with recent labour shortages having added to that.”

“My message to each farm is to look out for the members of your team and keep in touch with your neighbours.”

“This applies to all farmers and their workers who will be busy feeding stock and looking after their operations while also having to consider the lockdown protocols.”

“There are many avenues for help if it's needed through organisations like Dairy NZ and the Rural Support Trust.”

“Of course my offices are only a phone call away.”

Mooney says he and his staff will be on deck to support the electorate during the lockdown.

“I will be working remotely alongside my staff and we will be here to support our communities and keep our constituents updated.”

“Anyone with concerns can contact my offices throughout lockdown.”

Mooney expressed gratitude to essential workers who will be at work this morning supporting the region.

“Essential workers did a wonderful job of carrying our region through last year’s lockdown.”

“We are privileged to have incredibly dedicated doctors, nurses and healthcare workers.”

“There are many people across many sectors making significant contributions.”

“I am very grateful to those who will keep working over the coming days to deliver the essential goods and services our communities need.”