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Now is the Time to Make a Difference Christchurch

Now is the time to make a difference. Get behind your local businesses.

Cantabrians are hurting. Jobs have been lost, wages cut, businesses have been shut down and some will never reopen. 

Yeah, life may soon return to a degree of normality.

But it’s not going to be properly normal is it? Our economists think that between 9,000 and 35,000 jobs could be lost in Christchurch over the next 12 months.  

And first up, are likely to be some of the lowest paid workers in Christchurch - those working in your favourite cafes, restaurant, shops and bars.  

Even if you don’t lose your job - your husband or your wife may lose theirs, your friend may lose her business, your local café may shut, your favourite restaurant may never reopen. 

There’s going to be another ‘new normal’ this time around and for many in our community it will be as devastating, if not more so, than the aftermath of the earthquakes.  

I know what you’re thinking. We’re thinking the same. Almost 10 years have passed since the 2011 earthquakes and here we are again, talking about ‘’unprecedented times’’.  

Surely this city has been through enough already? After the quakes, the word ‘resilience’ was thrown around for years.

At the start, it was a compliment, a recognition of this city’s spirit. Soon, it began to lose meaning. It became a buzzword, thrown around for too often and for too long. 

But there is something unique to how Cantabrians react to adversity. When others see challenges, we see opportunity. 

But there is something unique to how Cantabrians react to adversity. When others see challenges, we see opportunity.

There’s something about our character, there’s something about adversity brings us together. Yeah, there’s something about this community.  

And we’re best at demonstrating ‘that something’ when it matters most.

Right now is when it matters most.

We have a chance to work together to save jobs, to save businesses and to do what we can to save our economy.  ‘

’The economy’’.... through the worst public health crisis of our lives, it may seem like an abstract concept that politicians talk about. 

It’s not, though. It’s about your job, it’s about your neighbour’s job, it’s about every job in this city.  

Together we can make a huge difference and save those jobs. Consumer spending has a significant impact on our economy, accounting for 60 per cent of activity. 

Together we can make a huge difference and save those jobs. Consumer spending has a significant impact on our economy, accounting for 60 per cent of activity. 

This means what you do next will make a difference.  If you go out today and spend on something as simple as a coffee or a new pair of shoes, that money doesn’t just go to the business owner.  

It trickles through the community, it goes to workers, it goes to suppliers. It keeps people in their jobs. 

Bottom line is, if you are one of the lucky ones, if you have come through COVID-19 unscathed, with a job and with your health, now is the time to spend locally.  

We know not everyone can splash the cash. Times will be tough for a while. That’s blatantly obvious. But if you have the means, now is the time to put your hand in your pocket and spend it. 

Now is the time to support local and shop locally.