Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Shots in the arm for Marlborough businesses


A campaign for Marlborough to ‘support local and buy local’ and another to get some early domestic visitors back to our region are in a package of COVID-19 economic recovery projects recommended to councillors this week. The $865,000 package also includes proposals around free parking in Blenheim and Picton and a contingency fund to support commercial and community events.

The Economic Action Marlborough (TEAM) group chair, Deputy Mayor Nadine Taylor, says councillors were supportive of the recovery package put together by TEAM. There is a strong focus on boosting Marlborough’s CBD, retail and hospitality businesses in the short term.

Council will be asked to formally endorse the projects at its meeting next week (14 May).

Elements of the recovery package proposed by TEAM include:

· A focused six month ‘buy local’ campaign, led by Destination Marlborough and the Marlborough Chamber of Commerce, encouraging Marlborough people to support local businesses, hospitality, activities and retailers through winter and spring and in the lead up to Christmas.

· The first stage of an extensive domestic tourism marketing campaign. Destination Marlborough is in talks with Tourism New Zealand and its proposed that Council would support marketing campaigns designed to showcase the brilliance of Marlborough to New Zealanders and support the local visitor economy.

· Access for up to 100 small Marlborough businesses to get professional advice and guidance from people such as accountants and lawyers at reduced rates. Led by Business Trust Marlborough and targeted at businesses which don’t qualify for Government-funded support.

· A series of webinars specially designed to upskill and inform Marlborough businesses on topics such as e-commerce, led by the Chamber of Commerce with 1-to-1 assistance provided after the webinars to bed-in the advice.

· The waiving of Council footpath licence fees for twelve months for Picton and Blenheim retail and hospitality businesses currently leasing footpath space, to ease the burden on those CBD businesses

Nadine Taylor says councillors were also asked to consider options around providing some form of free parking in the Blenheim and Picton CBDs for a period of time to support local retailers as they reactivated their trading in alert Level two.

“We know the next few weeks are critical for businesses in our CBDs and we want to do what we can to encourage Marlburians back into town, to stimulate spending and to boost those businesses affected by the Covid lockdown.”

“We are also looking at what support we can provide for some of our region’s commercial and community events, recognising these will be impacted by fewer visitors, less spending and more difficulty attracting sponsorship. This is in addition to the $1.2 million already approved to assist Marlborough’s key community facilities and our not-for-profit groups to keep operating.”

Councillor Mark Peters, who is also a TEAM group member and chairs Council’s Planning, Finance and Community Committee, says the funding Council will provide is not coming from rates but from the Emergency Events Reserve Fund.

“This was set up years ago to deal with natural and other disasters such as Marlborough is now facing.”

He says there may be other elements which emerge before the package is finalised next week.

“This is TEAM’s first phase economic response package designed to help keep local businesses going, prepare for a new tourism focus and send a strong message to the wider community about buying and supporting local.”

Councillor Taylor says Marlborough’s economic recovery is locally led and nationally supported.


“We are moving swiftly on this and everyone is playing their part for the good of Marlborough.”

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Politics Of Using The Word “Fascist”

“Fascist” is one of those labels with the ability to capsize any debate. Call your opponents “fascists” – or “agitators” or “terrorists” or “scum” and you’ve taken the option of mutual respect and compromise off the table. Interesting then to see the ( paywalled) Washington Post seriously debating with itself yesterday over whether… Hmm, is it now finally time to bring out the f-word in connection with the presidency of Donald J. Trump, and with his enablers in the Republican Party..? More>>

 


RNZ: Covid-19 rules and restrictions on businesses to be lifted under alert level 1


Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says there will still be strict controls on the border, but all current rules and restrictions on businesses and services will be "essentially lifted" under alert level 1.
She said the lower alert level would also put an end to restrictions for hospitality businesses, and gatherings - including funerals and tangihanga - of any size could take place..... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Twitter Wars, And The Muller Muddles

Whatever the failings of our own politicians, spare a kind thought for the majority of Americans who did not vote for Donald Trump. Sure, it was depressing this week to watch Todd Muller clinging for dear life to his talking points on Q&A, ... More>>

ALSO:

Green Party: Statement On The Death Of George Floyd

“Today and every day we stand in solidarity with George Floyd’s family, friends and community who feel pain and fear about his untimely death at the hands of Minneapolis police”, said Green Party Co-leader and Māori Development spokesperson Marama ... More>>

ALSO:


Government: Freshwater Package Backed By Comprehensive Economic Analysis

Decisions on the Action for Healthy Waterways package are supported by comprehensive environmental and economic impact analysis by leading New Zealand research institutes, universities, and private sector firms. More>>

ALSO:

National: "Todd Muller Announces Shape Of Next Government"

National Party Leader Todd Muller has announced the line-up of the next Government. “New Zealand is facing perhaps the toughest time that almost anyone alive can remember. “We are borrowing tens of billions of dollars to get us through this crisis. There ... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On National’s Day Of Reckoning

Congratulations. You are one of the 55 members of the National caucus being called together tomorrow to choose who will lead you to either (a) catastrophic or (b) honourable defeat on September 19, thereby saving some (but not all) of the jobs currently on the line. Good luck. Your decision process starts NOW... More>>

ALSO:


Budget 2020: Jobs Budget To Get Economy Moving Again

Investments to both save and create jobs in Budget 2020 mean unemployment can be back to pre COVID-19 levels within two years and could see the economy growing again as early as next year. More>>

ALSO:

Government: Five New Super Hercules To Join Air Force Fleet

The Coalition Government has confirmed five Lockheed Martin C-130J-30 Super Hercules transport aircraft will be purchased to replace the existing fleet, Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today. More>>

ALSO:

Government: Queen's Birthday Honours List 2020

The New Zealand Order of Merit The Queen has been pleased, on the occasion of the celebration of Her Majesty's Birthday, to make the following appointments to The New Zealand Order of Merit: DNZM To be Dames Companion of the said Order: Distinguished ... More>>

Government: Support For Arts And Music Sector Recovery

A jobseekers programme for the creative sector and four new funds have been set up by the Government to help our arts and music industry recover from the blow of COVID-19. Thousands of jobs will be supported through today’s $175 million package ... More>>

ALSO:

Government: New Zealand Joins Global Search For COVID-19 Vaccine

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters, Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods, and Health Minister David Clark today announced a COVID-19 vaccine strategy, which will enable New Zealand scientists to contribute to global research efforts ... More>>

ALSO:

The Dig: Steady State Economics: We’ve Got Some (systems) Thinking To Do

In this time of impending economic and ecological crises, we urgently need to aim for a sustainable or ‘steady state’ economy. In order to get there, we will need to adopt a ‘systems-thinking’ outlook taking into account the interconnections of our complex world.

In short, we’ve got some systems thinking to do... More>>

ALSO:

Election 2020: Parties Get Into gear

The Green Party is pleased to reveal its candidate list for the upcoming election. With a mix of familiar faces and fresh new talent, this exceptional group of candidates are ready to lead the Greens back into Government. Using the most democratic list ... More>>

ALSO:

Insight Into Regenerative Agriculture In New Zealand

There is a fast growing movement in New Zealand that has been happening out in paddocks, fields, gardens and hill country across the nation. It is a movement that holds the promise to reshape our productive land use industries towards systems that work with the natural environment to regenerate the land. The movement is that of regenerative agriculture. More>>

ALSO:

Covid-19: Tracer App Released To Support Contact Tracing

The Ministry of Health has today formally released the NZ COVID Tracer app to support contact tracing in New Zealand. Kiwis who download the app will create a digital diary of the places they visit by scanning QR codes displayed at the entrances to ... More>>

ALSO:


Govt: Deep Concern At Hong Kong National Security Legislation
Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today reiterated the deep concern of the New Zealand Government following confirmation by China’s National People’s Congress of national security legislation relating to Hong Kong.... More>>

ALSO:


 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 


 

InfoPages News Channels