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Luxton Extends Offer Of Support

Karapiro MP John Luxton today said he was keeping in close touch with the relevant support services to ensure that all was being done to assist those people in Te Aroha who will lose their jobs as a result of the Bendon closure.

"I was very concerned that Bendon gave no prior warning of the redundancies to either me as local MP or anyone else, when they clearly knew the devastating impact it would have on the local community. Bendon's links to this community go back 40 years, it's a real shame they have chosen to handle it this way."

"As soon as I heard about the closure, I rang Bendon's management to see what steps they were taking to assist their staff. I have also been in contact with Work and Income New Zealand (WINZ) and the Department of Labour to ensure that all the support systems are in place."

"I have been assured that they are and that the agencies are focussing on helping people find another job.

"I was very disappointed to hear of the closure. I know Bendon's decision will be a testing time for many families and my thoughts are with all those affected. It will be a big blow for Te Aroha and it's surrounding communities and as someone who has grown up in the region I know what the impact will be."

"If anyone is having real difficulties I would urge them to contact me through my electorate office. I am committed to working with local civic and industry leaders to offer any assistance I can."


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