Dunedin jobs are being lost, and are likely to continue being lost for the next six months at least.
The closed shops on George St are unfortunately the beginning.
Larnach Castle, the TAB, travel bureaus, Dunedin Railways, it goes on.
The Mission lost a net $500,000 in income over the three months, from late March to early June, and we will be losing seven valued colleagues this month to an unavoidable service closure, just as we are developing new services for this new world, that need new staff.
Our hearts go out to all those who have lost their jobs, or their health, or their place in the world.
It is tough going, and that much tougher when the entire town is going through a contraction – regearing yourself when there are fewer opportunities and still so much change coming, is not easy.
For women it may be even harder.
The jobs being lost are in industries that tend to hire women more than men.
The jobs that are coming – the hospital rebuild for example – are in industries that tend to hire more men.
It’s a tough ask going from reception at a hotel to lugging building supplies across a worksite.
And for Maori and Pasifika, who ordinarily have unemployment rates double or even triple that of the rest of us, well you can imagine how steep that road looks.
The wage subsidies will run out, that temporary Covid dole will disappear, and it is going to affect most of us in some way or another.
If you are having a tough time, make contact with support agencies.
You won’t be unusual in maybe needing a bit of help. What you may be going through is, unfortunately, going to be normal for a while.
Dunedin’s helping agencies can help.
You can find us via Google, through the Citizens Advice Bureau, through a neighbour of friend or family member.
We know some of what you’re going through, and we can help.
If you would like to support the Mission’s work with a donation, please visit www.givealittle.co.nz and search for The Methodist Mission.