From midnight we go into lockdown.
It's going to be a challenging four weeks, for everyone, including the Government and us as public servants.
During this time it's vital that we each do exactly what the Government is asking us to do.
The Level 4 lockdown is about stopping the spread of the virus and saving lives.
But the lockdown doesn’t mean everything stops. It’s essential the Public Service keeps working and delivering services for New Zealanders.
Public servants have a critical role in the Government's response to Covid-19.
Our mission is to implement the Government's response effort, and keep the public service running for New Zealanders.
No one else can do this.
This is undoubtedly one of the biggest challenges New Zealand has ever faced.
It's a testing time for everyone. The length and depth of the pandemic and the economic downturn are unknown.
This means we need to look for innovative ideas and new responses and solutions.
And we all have a role to play during this challenging time, whether in frontline service delivery or working from home. We can all make a difference, individually and collectively.
I am confident we will deliver. It is in times of crisis when the spirit of service to the community that unites us as public servants comes to the fore.
While we need to step up if asked, we also need to keep each other safe and spend time with family. Be kind, especially to those delivering essential services, the health workers, rubbish collectors, supermarket workers and petrol station attendants. A simple thank you will go a long way.