Monday 30 March 2020: MESSAGE FROM THE TRUST CHAIRMAN TO TENANTS DEEMED NON-ESSENTIAL SERVICE PROVIDERS
Day to day operations
These are difficult times and like everybody else the Trust is having to adapt to the circumstances. As previously advised our office has closed and Kevin and Helga are instead working from home until the lockdown is lifted. They have access to records and computer applications via the “cloud” to enable them to deal with any queries you may have.
Previously scheduled building maintenance has been put on hold and it will not be possible to deal with any maintenance issue that crops up in the meantime unless it creates a critical health and safety hazard requiring urgent attention.
In the past week we have received requests from a number of you seeking financial relief because you are currently not able to occupy your premises due to the lockdown. I want first of all to assure you that we take our obligations to our tenants very seriously and are acutely aware of the potentially significant impact the lockdown is having on your business activities. As I hope you will appreciate though, the situation we currently face is unprecedented in the Trust’s history and there is no available template for how we should respond. Also, the environment created by implementation of the lockdown is very fluid and constantly evolving, with almost daily updates and clarifications being issued by the Government around its policy decisions, including around the availability and workings of various financial relief packages.
In order to ensure we get our response right we need time to research whether and if so how these relief packages and others that may potentially follow, for example, from local rating authorities could apply to our and our tenants’ situations. We also want to understand what other landlords in a similar position are doing or propose doing before formulating our response. Rest assured we are working as quickly as possible towards confirming how we will assist you in riding out the lockdown period and beyond, if necessary.
To allay any immediate concerns I can advise we are providing immediate financial relief by deferring the need for you to pay the invoice recently issued to you for net rent due in advance on 1 April until at least such time as we settle on and announce our relief package. In the meantime, outgoings paid by the Trust and normally recovered from tenants will continue to be invoiced as and when they fall due.
I will be in touch again as soon as I have more information to share.
Government financial assistance
Where you have applied for or are receiving Government financial assistance it would be useful to us in understanding each of your individual circumstances if you could let us know how many staff you employ and the monthly amount of revenue you anticipate your business will lose during the lockdown period.
If you have not yet followed up on Government assistance options the following links may still be useful:
Tuesday 23 March 2020 : Covid-19 – MESSAGE FROM TRUST CHAIRMAN
By now you will be aware the PM has announced an immediate shift in response level from 2 to 3, to be followed within 48 hours by a shift to the highest level 4.
Implementation of level 4 means that all non-essential services and businesses will have to close down and all staff will be required to self-isolate at home. Effective from 2pm tomorrow afternoon (24 March), the Greytown Trust Lands Trust office will therefore close down for the foreseeable future, and Kevin and Helga will instead be working remotely from home for as long as it takes to keep Trust operations going in the meantime.
If you need to contact them for any reason, please contact them either by mobile or email:
To our Trust tenants, we appreciate that many of your businesses may be hit hard by the implications of the PM’s announcement and urge you, if you haven’t already done so, to familiarise yourselves with the contents of the government’s financial assistance package. Otherwise, please call Kevin if you wish to discuss your particular circumstances.
A Trust Board meeting will be held on Thursday 16 April 2020, at 5.30pm in the Trust Boardroom at 124 Main Street, Greytown. Other scheduled Board meeting dates for 2020 are as follows; 21 May, 18 June, 16 July, 20 August, 17 September, 15 October, 19 November, 17 December.
January, 2020: FUNDING ROUND NOW CLOSED.
Community Grant – March 2020 funding round. Applications are being accepted until 28 February 2020 from individuals and organisations taking part in community activities or contemplating projects that deliver a community-wide benefit. Applications will be considered and grants awarded by 31 March 2020. Approximately $21,200 is available for distribution.
December, 2019: FUNDING ROUND NOW CLOSED.
Grants supporting individuals in tertiary education. The next round of annual education grants will open for application on 6 January 2020 and close on 28 February 2020. Details of the grant criteria can be found under the “grants” tab on the Trust’s website www.greytowntrustlands.org.nz. Read more
November 28, 2019: Greytown aiming to futureproof sport and recreation facilities. Futureproofing Greytown’s sport and recreation facilities is a step closer with the formation of an advisory group led by Greytown Community Sport and Leisure Society (GCSLS). Read more
October 17, 2019: Congratulations to two new Trustees, Phil Holden and Matt Bell, and one returning Trustee, Wayne Regnault. The three sitting Trustees who automatically retain their position for a further 3 year term are Sid Kempton, Catherine Rossiter-Stead and Derek Wilson. Read more
September 20, 2019: September Update. The Trust’s Annual General Meeting was held on 24 July. The Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Sid Kempton, provided commentary on the 2019 Performance Report which received an unqualified audit clearance from Moore Stephens Wairarapa Audit. Read more
Supporting Greytown Sport and Leisure
Greytown Trust Lands has been proud to support Greytown Sport and Leisure for a number of years. With over 1200 active members, the Greytown Community Sport and Leisure Society was incorporated in 2003 and has 16 member organisations. Click here to view their Facebook page or contact Jackie via email email@example.com.
Photo: The Trust recently supported the Society by purchasing some of their fundraising hoodies. Trustees, and management are pictured here with Jackie Gray, Executive Officer from the Society (Jackie is on the very far right of the photo).
If you would like more information about the Trust or have a question to ask please complete the form opposite or call us on
06 304 9071
WHERE TO FIND US
124 Main Street
PO Box 16