What a year it’s been! Looking back now, none of us would have guessed what 2020 had in store for us. But as usual, no matter what is thrown at Tasman, we come together.

I am incredibly proud of how our communities worked together to support each other, especially our most vulnerable, to get through a difficult few months. I would also like to say a huge thank you to all the essential workers who kept everything running smoothly so we could stay home and stay safe.

Covid-19 threw many challenges at us, but let’s not have that be the main thing we remember from this year, instead let’s remember the community spirit that brought everyone together because that to me is remarkable!

Because we all went hard and did the work early on, we are now one of the luckiest places in the world. Tasman has bounced back to be the fastest-growing economy in New Zealand following Covid-19, thanks to our growing population and construction sector. This is great news for our region however, we still have a lot more work to do. We will continue to experience the side effects of 2020 for a while yet, but if we focus on the positive, support our local businesses and aim to make changes for the better, we have the potential to come out of this stronger.

We can now celebrate the festive season and enjoy our summer nearly the same as we would any other year. We have so much to experience here in Tasman, but whether you stay local or head off exploring another beautiful part of the country, please take it easy on the roads so we can all get to our destination safely.

So, go on, get out there, enjoy your summer with friends and family, and look forward to a fresh new year ahead. Happy holidays and best wishes from the team at Tasman District Council.

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