If there was a word which sums up what is important right now it is community.
We are in this together, and as a publishing media group, Allied Press remains committed to bringing our community local news and information.
As we enter uncertain times in the days and weeks ahead, today will be the last publication of the Southland Express for four weeks.
However, our valued readers will still be able to access news and information in print in the Otago Daily Times and online at www.southlandexpress.co.nz and www.odt.co.nz.
You will also find links to stories and information on Southland Express and ODT Facebook pages.
This decision to temporarily halt publication of the Southland Express has not been taken lightly.
It applies to most Allied Press community publications. The temporary halt will be constantly reviewed.
Covid-19 is like nothing we have ever faced. We apologise for the interruption to your free community publication. However, we want to reiterate our long-term commitment to you as we enter unprecedented territory.
As you stay in your homes now, more than ever, Allied Press will be your window to the world outside.
We will all be impacted in our own ways and there will be struggles ahead but let this be remembered as the moment in history where Southlanders stood together, followed the rules and rid our country of this virus.
There are many sacrificing time with their own families to ensure we are safe and taken care of we extend our heartfelt thanks.
Keep you and your family and friends safe at this time and let us show kindness and compassion to ensure our community comes through this time stronger than ever.
Karen Pasco, Southland Express editor