Thursday, 9th April, 2020

Not long back in Wanaka after the birth of his first son, Isaac, Board member Alex Cull, from Findex, has been at the coalface of COVID-19 working with clients and helping raise a newborn. Here's Alex's take on life under level 4 lockdown.

๐—ช๐—ต๐—ผ'๐˜€ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜„ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ-๐˜„๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ธ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ณ๐—ณ? (๐—ฏ๐˜‚๐—ฏ๐—ฏ๐—น๐—ฒ) ๐—–๐—ต๐—ถ๐—น๐—ฑ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ-๐˜„๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ธ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐˜๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ณ๐—ณ. My wife Sarah, who has taken on an office admin role, and our four-month old, Isaac ๐Ÿ‘ถ ๐Ÿผ , who is part-way through his internship (although he may not be asked back for the 2021 ๐ŸŽ“ Graduate Programme).
๐—ช๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜'๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—บ๐—ผ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜ ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐—ธ๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐˜„๐—ป? We have connected with our neighbours and family overseas ๐ŸŒ , I am spending more time with family, and there are less cars ๐Ÿš– ๐Ÿš– on the roads.
๐—ช๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜'๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—บ๐—ผ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ด๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด? Seeing the uncertainty many businesses and employees face ๐Ÿ˜” . I have processed many wage subsidies in the past weeks for businesses who do not know how long the lockdown will last and whether they will be able to keep their doors open if it goes beyond six weeks.
๐—ช๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜'๐˜€ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ "๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜„ ๐—ป๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—บ"?
Going to work in slippers
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๐—ช๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜'๐˜€ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฝ ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฝ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฎ๐˜†๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น๐˜† ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฝ๐—ต๐˜†๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น๐˜† ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—น๐˜๐—ต๐˜†?
Maintain a routine. Wake-up at a consistent time each day โฐ โฐ and plan some tasks. Eat well ๐Ÿฅ— ๐Ÿฅ— .
๐—ช๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜'๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฏ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—ฑ๐—ผ ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ต๐˜ ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜„ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ฝ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐—ฎ๐—ณ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฑ-๐Ÿญ๐Ÿต?
Stay informed and make use of the Governmentโ€™s economic relief measures.
Consider wage subsidy ๐Ÿ’ฐ ๐Ÿ’ธ payments, mortgage holiday packages, the Government Finance Guarantee Scheme, Inland Revenue tax payment deferrals and Family Assistance Tax Credits. Find out what you are eligible for.
1. Talk โ˜Ž๏ธ ๐Ÿ“ž ๐Ÿ“ณ to your suppliers, employees and landlords ๐Ÿช before things get too bad. They may be willing to help and it will save the relationship when things return to normal.
2. Get in touch with customers and arrange work for after the lockdown.
3. Remain positive ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿคฃ as the effects of the lockdown will be driven by sentiment. If businesses are negative and take a defensive approach, it will take longer to recover.