Hub open tomorrow for people’s Covid-19 issues

The Queenstown community hub opens tomorrow offering advice to those struggling with Covid-19 backlash.

The hub, operated by the Queenstown Lakes District Council at the Events Centre, will offer independent information and advice regarding immigration, repatriation, employment, finance, community connection, wellbeing and welfare needs to the community.

There will be representatives from Immigration New Zealand and other agencies.

Those wanting to attend had to register online beforehand.

Two workshops with up to 30 people per session will also be run with up to three more workshops taking place on Friday.

Council staff member Marie Day said they would also film the sessions.

“Having this mix of agencies will provide great independent advice.”

Queenstown Lakes Mayor Jim Boult said he was looking forward to seeing the hub open its doors to deliver an express need and applauded Central Government for stepping up to the challenge.

“Additionally, I think it will be critical that Central Government has some first-hand experience of the challenges we face,” Mr Boult said.

“It’s great to be able to open a second one-stop shop in the district that provides support. Our community has really pulled together during this and I can see both the Upper Clutha and the Wakatipu hubs providing a helping hand to a lot of people.”

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