Recreation Aotearoa COVID-19 Updates


Tuesday 31 March 2020
Recreation Aotearoa COVID-19 Website

We have now launched our COVID-19 dedicated website. Here you will be able to find our latest news, INSIGHTS and webinars, upcoming virtual coffee meetings, and a host of other useful resources regarding COVID-19 and recreation. We're also keen to hear your stories and what you're doing to manage this period, so please get in touch.

View the website here: /Site/conference/covid-19/


Tuesday 31 March 2020
Ministry of Health Directive Regard Burial and Cremations

The Ministry of Health has advised us of some changes that will affect the operations of cemeteries and crematoriums. We understand that these changes are a direct result of pressure from members of the public, which was expected.

In relation to Cemeteries and Crematoriums the Ministry of Health's NEW Directive is as follows:

"Only one family bubble may be in attendance at the cemetery or crematorium when the casket is delivered for burial or cremation. This may only occur if the local authority permits families to be present."

Read more: NZ Cemeteries & Crematoria Collective Update


Tuesday 31 March 2020
Active Response Webinar: Working from home

Join Recreation Aotearoa on Wednesday 1 April at 1:30pm for the third in a series of webinars over the coming weeks to help support the industry through the COVID-19 crisis.

Any sudden change requires us to do three things: create calm, nurture connections, plan and reflect. Join us for this 60 minute webinar to:

  • Better understand your own staff and responses to sudden change
  • Investigate expectations and environments - working and living at home
  • Up-skill using on-line technology and protocols

Following the briefing, there will be a Q&A session where you will have the opportunity to ask questions. There will be added time for more questions if required.

For those interested in joining but not available at this time, the webinar will be recorded and shared with those who register prior to the event.

Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6667507086452483853


Monday 30 March 2020
This week's Virtual Coffee Schedule

As the the leadership organisation for recreation in Aotearoa we want to keep an open stream of conversation with the sector. We have set up a series of virtual meetings across our sectors (Aquatics, Parks, Cemeteries, Community, and Outdoors) for you to openly discuss, with us and your peers, the impact COVID-19 is having on your day-to-day business. This is an opportunity for us to check in on each other and share our stories, strategies and solutions during this time.

The schedule for each sector is below.

COFFEE WITH TRACEY - AQUATICS
Wednesday 1 April, 10.30-11.30am
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/950375213
Access Code: 950-375-213

COFFEE WITH KARL - PARKS & OPEN SPACES
Thursday 2 April, 10.30am-11.30am
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/339804989
Access Code: 339-804-989

COFFEE WITH ESTHER - COMMUNITY SECTOR
Thursday 2 April, 3-4pm
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/131968733
Access Code: 131-968-733

Friday 27 March, 2020
Recreation at Level 4 Webinar

Yesterday we hosted our second in a series of webinars around supporting the sector during COVID-19. One of the common questions we're hearing is: "What does recreation look like at Level Four?" Esther Bukholt (Community Recreation & Sport Programme Manager), Sam Newton (Advocacy Manager), and Robyn Cockburn (Lumin) cover this topic in the latest webinar. You can also read our INSIGHTS issue on this very subject.

Watch the webinar: https://vimeo.com/401142804


Thursday 26 March, 2020
INSIGHTS: Active Response - Level 4 Recreation

What does Level 4 recreation look like? Our latest issue of Insights provides information about opportunities for recreation at home or in local communities. It clarifies management responses to the lockdown, and provides some context for why some opportunities are not available.

Read here: https://issuu.com/newzealandrecreationassociation/docs/ra_insights_16_active_response_ii_-_26_mar_2020


Wednesday 25 March, 2020
Recreation Aotearoa Webinar: Recreation at Alert Level Four

Join us tomorrow (Thursday 26 March) at 3pm for the second in a series of webinars over the coming weeks to help support the industry through the COVID-19 crisis.

This 60-minute webinar will focus on what recreation looks like at level four.

Following the briefing, there will be a Q&A session where you will have the opportunity to ask questions. There will be added time for more questions if required.

For those interested in joining but not available at this time, the webinar will be recorded and shared with those who register prior to the event.

Register Now


Wednesday 25 March, 2020
Can you go walking, tramping, trail running or hunting during COVID-19 Alert Level 4?

The Mountain Safety Council have put together a useful resource on what Alert Level 4 means for your outdoor recreation plans. We will be sharing more information on this topic shortly, as we know that it is a big question for a lot of you.

Read the Mountain Safety article: https://medium.com/@nz_msc/can-you-go-walking-tramping-trail-running-or-hunting-during-covid-19-alert-level-4-9448630eae78


Tuesday 24 March, 2020
Current COVID-19 Alert Level

We're heading into Alert Level 4 and there has been some questions around what exactly an Essential Business is. The Government has a great resource with all of the necessary information. You can bookmark this site to keep up to date with announcements and news.

Read more here: https://covid19.govt.nz/


Monday 23 March, 2020
New Zealand to go into lockdown

New Zealand's Covid-19 alert level has risen to three and the country will go into a full lockdown in 48 hours, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has confirmed.

After 48 hours, the time required to ensure essential services are in place, and the country will move to level four and will remain at that level for four weeks, Ardern said.

Read more here: https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/political/412403/watch-live-prime-minister-jacinda-ardern-provides-covid-19-update


Monday 23 March, 2020
Virtual Coffee Meetings with Recreation Aotearoa

The ever evolving circumstances surrounding COVID-19 are uncertain and challenging.

As the the leadership organisation for recreation in Aotearoa we want to keep an open stream of conversation with the sector. We have set up a series of virtual meetings across our sectors (Aquatics, Parks, Cemeteries, Community, and Outdoors) for you to openly discuss, with us and your peers, the impact COVID-19 is having on your day-to-day business .

This is an opportunity for us to check in on each other and share our stories, strategies and solutions during this time.

The schedule for each sector is below, visit the Facebook event for full details.

COFFEE WITH KARL - CEMETERIES & CREMATORIA
Monday 23 March, 10.30-11.30am
Join online:
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/162922093

COFFEE WITH FIONA & SAM - OUTDOORS
Tuesday 24 March, 1-2pm
Join online: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/509951405

COFFEE WITH TRACEY - AQUATICS
Wednesday 25 March, 9-10am
Join online: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/191320293

COFFEE WITH KARL - PARKS & OPEN SPACES
Thursday 26 March, 9.30-10.30am
Join online: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/136476117

COFFEE WITH ESTHER - COMMUNITY SECTOR
Thursday 26 March, 11am-12pm
Join online: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/643472933


Friday 20 March, 2020
INSIGHTS: Active Response

Uncertain times challenge us, our staff and colleagues, our organisations and our communities.

Discussions with the recreation sector identified that people are grappling with the following issues, and have started to think about some useful options.

  • Self management
  • Thinking about people
  • Delivering recreation

Read the latest in our INSIGHTS series to understand how the recreation industry is dealing with the impact of COVID-19.


Friday 20 March, 2020
Outdoor Educations & School Camps COVID-19 Advice

Outdoor providers and schools are monitoring daily updates to advice and conditions. At this time of unrest, we want to extend our allegiance to all our communities.

We reach out to Auckland region as local council announce the two week closure of their facilities. Let's look to the outdoors and keep our health balanced.

Recreation Aotearoa members including those working with school and community groups want to highlight our openness to working with groups to deliver the educational outcomes through many different models such as smaller groups, delivery at schools or locations of their choice.

Read the full media release

Thursday 19 March, 2020
Business Continuity Package Webinar

Recreation Aotearoa CEO, Andrew Leslie, and Advocacy Manager, Sam Newton, hosted a webinar unpacking the Government's Business Continuity Package. The 30 minute webinar is now available for you to view. This is the first in a series of webinars to help support the industry through the COVID-19 crisis.

The webinar is available for you to view here: https://vimeo.com/398708605

Thursday 19 March, 2020
Virtual Coffee Meetings with Recreation Aotearoa

The ever evolving circumstances surrounding COVID-19 are uncertain and challenging. As the the leadership organisation for recreation in Aotearoa we want to keep an open stream of conversation with the sector. We have set up a series of virtual meetings across our sectors (Aquatics, Parks, Cemeteries, Community, and Outdoors) for you to openly discuss, with us and your peers, the impact COVID-19 is having on your day-to-day business. This is an opportunity for us to check in on each other and share our stories, strategies and solutions during this time.

Virtual Coffee with Esther (Community Recreation & Sport Programme Manager)
View the meeting here: https://vimeo.com/398706095

Virtual Coffee with Karl (Parks & Open Spaces Programme Manager)
View the meeting here: https://vimeo.com/399725121

Virtual Coffee with Tracey (Aquatics Programme Manger)
View the meeting here: https://vimeo.com/398677869

Virtual Coffee with Fiona & Sam (Outdoors Programme Manager & Advocacy)
View the meeting here: https://vimeo.com/399739596


Wednesday March 16, 2020
NZ Cemeteries & Crematoria Conference Resheduled to 2021

Due to the increasing global risk of COVID 19, we have made the decision to reschedule the 2020 Green Pavlova Conference to May 2021.

We have come to this decision following the guidance of the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation (WHO). While it is a difficult decision to make, at this stage our priority is to ensure the safety of all delegates, contributors and the general New Zealand public.

We have informed all delegates of this decision and will be working with our contributors and partners to investigate new dates for the May 2021 conference.

Visit the NZCCC Conference website for more information
Tuesday March 17, 2020
Green Pavlova 2020 Rescheduled to 2021

Due to the increasing global risk of COVID 19, we have made the decision to reschedule the 2020 Green Pavlova Conference to May 2021.

We have come to this decision following the guidance of the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation (WHO). While it is a difficult decision to make, at this stage our priority is to ensure the safety of all delegates, contributors and the general New Zealand public.

We have informed all delegates of this decision and will be working with our contributors and partners to investigate new dates for the May 2021 conference.

Read the full media release


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