As Cyclone Gabrielle passes over New Zealand, we acknowledge the uncertainty and concerns many of you will have.
The severe weather this week has meant a National State of Emergency, covering Auckland, Northland, Tairāwhiti, Bay of Plenty Region, Ōpōtiki, Whakatāne District, Waikato Region, Thames-Coromandel, Hauraki District, Waikato District, Tararua District, Napier City, and Hastings District. The full scale of the cyclone is becoming more apparent. Many of our communities are displaced, have damage to homes, or have lost loved ones. The impact on people’s mental health with the loss, changes, and uncertainty will be significant. Coeliac N.Z. encourages you to connect with your whānau, friends, and community. Please ask for help and seek support if you need it and support others if you can.
Farewell from Lisa
Lisa Jury has recently resigned from her position as Health Promotion Manager and has accepted a role as Health Improvement Advisory for Te Whatu Ora – Health New Zealand in the public health unit – Waikato. Lisa has thoroughly enjoyed her time at Coeliac NZ and the relationships she has built with many of you, especially our volunteers. She wishes you all the best for your coeliac journey.
An update on a replacement for the Health Promotion role will be advised shortly.