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Buller flooding – July 2021

The COVID-19 Level 4 Lockdown comes at a particularly difficult time for those in Buller who have had to move out of their homes or are living in yellow-stickered homes.

If you’re feeling in need of talking to someone – call or text 1737 – any time of day or night.

Some of you will be living in houses that are potentially mouldy. Being outside when the weather permits is healthy and good for general wellbeing. Make sure you’re within the Covid-19 guidelines – stay in your bubble, maintain physical distancing, and keep walks short, local, and for essential exercise only. And keep an eye on the kids – the soil might be contaminated and digging in the dirt in flood-affected areas is not recommended.



Free stress and wellbeing training courses in Buller

Wellbeing representatives are concerned COVID-19 lockdown stresses on top of flooding issues are stretching Buller folk’s ability to manage.

West Coast DHB Director of Allied Health Jane George says the various organisations supporting the psychosocial and wellbeing of Kawatiri folk had noticed that the pressures of the COVID-19 Delta Level 4 lockdown on top of issues from the recent flooding were taking its toll.



Buller Men’s health & wellbeing: Adapting Positively to a Changed Reality

The July 2021 flooding event in Buller came at a time when many local people were still dealing with the effects of the 2020 COVID-19 lockdown.

And then a further lockdown in 2021 has added more complications and stress. Recognising that these events will have impacted on men’s health and wellbeing, a number of community organisations have been working on ways to help men through.



Page last updated: 24 September 2021

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