Rangitāne o Wairau has launched a special fund to help support people and businesses suffering hardship in the wake of COVID-19.
After delivery more than 300 emergency food and hygiene packs during lockdown, iwi are now helping with the recovery process.
Rangitāne Investments Limited commercial property manager Corey Hebberd says times are tough for everyone.
“We know that doing business is tough right now.
“Our commercial arm, like all businesses, is feeling the effects of COVID-19.
“Now more than ever, we need to focus on supporting local – and, where we can, supporting our own whānau enterprises.”
New oranga fund Te Kura Ora has been set up to help support whānau who need one-off financial support.
Plans for a directory of whānau businesses have also been bought forward in a bid to help.
The Directory, Rārangi Pakihi o Rangitāne, was published on Thursday on the Rangitāne o Wairau website.
It’s about helping, says Corey.
“This message is about the next steps that we are taking to support whānau, particularly those who own a small business.
“Both the Iwi Trust and our Iwi Investment Company contract and employ services via small businesses in our community to deliver our work programme.
“Not only are we sharing details with our wider whānau and iwi on their services, but we’ll also be engaging and contracting them where we’re able to.”
Email [email protected] to register on the Rangitāne Business Directory.
If you need support contact the office on (03) 578 6180.