"I think Marlborough is reasonably lucky, we’ve got other industries such as aquaculture, forestry, farming and wine to help off-set the downturn in tourism so hopefully not too many jobs are affected."
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Havelock Mussel & Seafood Festival
As an essential service we were lucky to remain open during the lockdown to serve the local community.
There are a lot of retired people in Havelock so we’ve always provided a delivery service for people who need it, but deliveries ramped up big time over lockdown. We had one person taking phone orders and packing groceries up for deliveries non-stop every day.
We employ five full-timers and a couple of students - a lot of people from Havelock can say they had their first job here.
It’s too early to tell if the pandemic will be bad for business. We tend to be quite seasonal here, so it’s always quieter in winter anyway.
We’re remaining positive and hoping our normal clientele - bach owners and holiday makers from Christchurch and Nelson for example - will still come and holiday in the Sounds.
There’s a lot of job insecurity out there at the moment, and we have to remember that some people will be doing it tough.
I think Marlborough is reasonably lucky, we’ve got other industries such as aquaculture, forestry, farming and wine to help off-set the downturn in tourism so hopefully not too many jobs are affected.
We’ll be celebrating 20 years in business this October, and before Covid we had plans to expand and refurbish this place. We’re hopeful we’ll still be able to afford to continue as planned, but we’ll just have to wait and see.
My hope for Marlborough is our locals continue to support us as we supported them during lockdown and the domestic tourist market beefs up through to Christmas.