As we are in the middle of our second Covid lockdown here in Auckland, our thoughts are particularly with our vulnerable families and communities. Those who face even greater financial hardship. Those under pressure juggling children and working from home. Those whose budgets just don’t stretch, whose mental health is compromised, those at greater risk of family violence.

It is tough to be back here again, in lockdown with uncertainty hanging over us. How long will it last? Will we get it back under control? Will our jobs survive a second wave? Will our relationships?

While you may have a sense of weariness that wasn’t there first time around, as well as shock that we find ourselves back here again, we must all remember Dr Ashley warned us this was inevitable, the pandemic is still raging around the world.

We need to stay positive and remember, we’ve done this before and we can get through it again.Essential workers - much respect

Stay calm – don’t panic.

Take one day at a time. Reach out for help when you need it, stay in contact with friends and family through technology if possible, help others where you can.

Be kind – treat each other with respect and dignity.

Our essential workers, the people standing in line with us at the supermarket, our children and partners - everyone we meet is fighting their own hard battle. So be kind.

We have done this before. We eliminated the virus from our communities and stayed Covid-free for longer than any other country in the world has managed to. We can do it again.

Kia Kaha New Zealand.

UPDATE:

Great Potentials Foundation remains working from home at Level 3 in Auckland, until 11.59pm on Sunday 30 August.

From Monday 31 August, we will be open again, working according to the Level 2 Guidelines for Auckland.