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COVID-19 Economic Response Package - phase two

At its meeting on 5 August, 2020, our Council endorsed Phase 2 of our COVID-19 Economic Development Response Package, now that Phase 1 has been completed.

Phase 1 support:

The initial response was about managing the immediate public health response to COVID-19, in conjunction with Civil Defence, the Ministry of Health and other agencies.

  • Council offered a full refund of fees to anyone wanting to cancel a building or resource consent application.
  • We worked with Te Waka, the Waikato Regional Economic Development Agency, to deliver a business response centre to provide support to small and medium businesses.
  • We surveyed local businesses to see how they were faring at the end of lockdown. A second business sentiment survey is underway, in conjunction with Te Waka.
  • Three online business forums were held for Council staff to connect and support the construction, hospitality and tourism industries.
  • We’ve also worked to promote local businesses to the domestic market and support for applications to the government’s “shovel ready” infrastructure fund.

Phase 2 involves our Council’s own applications to the government’s infrastructure funds and investigations into fast-tracking projects including cycleway works, roading projects, erosion control works, large wastewater reticulation projects and various facility/building projects.

You can view the agenda and watch a recording of the meeting (in two parts) on our website Details on this item are found in agenda item 3.2.

Read a media release summaring key aspects of the meeting here

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Local entrepreneurs mask up

(Photo - A selection of the bold, Kiwiana-themed reusable face masks made by Greenhills Paradise Products)

Face masks are an item many of us didn’t think we’d be shopping for this year – among the many ways life has changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Now compulsory on public transport across the country, there has been a big rise in demand for face masks across our district since the reintroduction of alert levels last month.

Many entrepreneurial Coromandel locals have jumped on the opportunity to create home-made, reusable masks to meet that demand.

Plenty of options to buy local face masks

A host of local mask makers have sprung up, many having first made masks for their families, before responding to community demand. 

Here's a selection we've spotted, if you're keen to buy local.

Susan Cooksley – Whangamata
Susan Cooksley set out to make washable masks for her family and researched a pattern for four-layer masks - two layers of cotton with two layers of a non-woven filter in between (which stops the microbes going through).  Her masks have a metal nose piece to help them fit close to the face. “I was wearing them in Whangamata, and people saw and asked me about them," she says, which was the impetus to offer them more widely. She’s now selling masks for $15 each. Susan is also making velcro shopping trolley handle covers wrap around supermarket trolley handles while shopping. 
Contact: You’ll find Susan Cooksley on Facebook and you can send a message to ask about her products.

Lynette Mackenzie – Thames
Lynnette also made her first masks for her family, but when her adult children shared them on their Facebook pages last month, it sparked enough interest that she’s been sewing them everyday since. These are three-layer masks, shaped to your face with an elastic ear piece. They come in different sizes and sell for $15 for adult masks and $10 for children's (plus postage).
Contact: If you’re interested in one of Lynette’s masks, contact her on Facebook Messenger or email

Mac and Molly May Masks – Lorraine Dwyer – Waiomu
A couture and bridal tailor of 40 years, Lorraine says sewing is the love of her life. When her daughter asked her to make her a face mask in the early days of COVID-19, and then posted it on Facebook, it was the start of a new venture that’s seen her flat out making masks – 212 in the last two weeks alone. People contact her online and she sends photos of her range of fabrics to choose from, then the masks are made and delivered the next day. The washable masks have a cotton and filter layer and are made with nose wires and embroidery is available. Lorraine says she likes to be creative and this week she made a mask from avocado fabric as a Father’s Day gift for an avocado farmer.  Prices range from $15 plus postage.
Contact: Lorraine can be contacted via Facebook on her pages Mac and Molly May or Lorraine Dwyer Couture where you’ll find her email and phone details.

Beth Hornsby-Hunt – Whitianga
Beth’s cotton, triple-layer masks include can include wire across the nose or elastic behind the head. These come in three sizes: Adult male ($20), female/teen ($20) or kids ($15). Pick up in Whitianga or they can be posed for $5 nationally.
Contact: Beth can be reached on 0223740442 or through Instagram @ludolillicustom.

TaylorJane Davis – Tairua
These washable masks are a team effort between Taylor Jane and her grandmother. Made with three layers from 100 per cent cotton fabric, they have a pocket to insert an optional filter. Currently available in black. Priced at $12 per mask plus $3 postage. Bulk orders available.
Contact: Via Facebook (TaylorJaneDavis) or 021 1264074

Emma and Jenny - Thames
This mother-and-daughter team is making triple-layered, cotton masks with a filter insert pocket. They have an adjustable ear piece and a removable nose wire. The masks are available in a variety of patterns for $15 plus postage or pick-up in Thames. Contact: Phone Jenny on 0274929296 

If you're making face masks and you'd like us to promote your offering, please send your name and contact details to

We're here to help

Business has been turned upside-down by COVID-19, with non-essential businesses closed or working from home. With a large proportion of Coromandel businesses in the tourism and hospitality sector, this is a particularly uncertain time.

Our Council's economic development team is here to support and connect you with help available.

On this page we have complied important avenues for business help, including where to go for financial support, business operations, employment matters and more. Links to more information are provided below. 

We'll also keep you updated on longer-term recovery plans beyond the lockdown period.

Contact our economic development team

We are here to assist businesses who need direction, support and connections for accessing the right help for their business needs. 

Call our Customer Services line on 07 868 0200 and be put through to our economic development team. 

Important information for businesses

Help is available through the Government’s Business Continuity Package, which includes a wage subsidy scheme, leave and self-isolation support, business cash flow and tax measures.

A useful website that brings together key information on COVID-19, including details about the government's financial support package, is here

Partnering with Te Waka

Waikato Regional Economic Development Agency, Te Waka, has been working hard to respond to the priority needs in the Waikato region and has introduced a range of initiatives  to support local businesses.

Business information
Te Waka’s website has more Covid-19 links and important information for business on its website here

Connect through a webinar 
Watch one of Te Waka’s recent webinars on a range of business support topics here 

Business support is just a Zoom call away
Business advisors from Te Waka are now booking Zoom online meeting slots with Waikato business owners. 

Book now and chat to someone. Advisors can also talk by phone, if that is preferred.

More information here

To secure a slot, call Te Waka on 07 857 0538; or email

Waikato Economic Radar

Te Waka, with the support of Waikato Regional Council Economist Blair Keenan, has been collating data to gauge what is happening in the Waikato economy.

It is now producing an ‘economic radar’ with a range of indicators to track our region’s progress. This includes charts on job ads for the Waikato, regional consumer spending, travel indicators and merchandise trade.

The economic radar is available here and will be updated weekly.