As we head into the last days of Alert Level Four, I’d like to thank Nelsonians for your hard work observing the rules of Lockdown. I know it has been tough for many of you, but the results are promising - and I really hope eliminating the virus will continue quickly.

We’re now about to adjust to life under Level Three, and I hope it will be a short time before we can go to Level Two, but this will depend on us all continuing to stay the course and stay home. Keep your bubbles small. Only take necessary journeys. Wash your hands and maintain physical distancing.

With Anzac Day on our minds this long weekend,  I am remembering not only New Zealanders killed in war, and returned servicemen and women, but also our modern day heroes – those kiwi men and women who are on the frontline of Covid-19 here and overseas.  While we can’t physically attend Anzac Day services this year, there are many other ways to show remembrance – whether that’s standing at dawn at your letterbox, or colouring in a poppy for your window – we will remember them.

Thank you again for your individual and community efforts and sacrifices.  Stay home, save lives - and on Anzac Day take time to reflect on the brave service of others – We will remember them.