Dear Parents and Caregivers
We have started into a new phase of New Zealand’s response to COVID-19 and it is very different than anything most of us have ever experienced.
1) Key dates for you to note
26 March Alert Level 4 commenced
28 March School holidays begin
10 – 14 April Easter including the Tuesday after Easter
15 April Term 2 begins (through distance learning)
22 April Current date for ending of lockdown period
27 April ANZAC Day observed
2) Key Lockdown Messages from the Prime Ministers
- If the virus is left unchecked it will have an unacceptable toll on New Zealanders
- Staying at home will break the chain and save lives
- Breaking the rules could risk someone close to you
- if the rules are not complied with, this could risk the lock down period being extended or could risk the virus being spread to thousands
- Success will not be instant. The benefit of actions taken today will not be felt for many days to come. People need to expect the numbers to continue rising, because they will. Modelling indicates that New Zealand could have several thousand cases before today’s measures have an impact. However, if everyone sticks to the rules there will be change over time
- Act like you have COVID-19. Every move you make could be a risk to someone else. That is how New Zealanders must collectively think now
- All New Zealanders are urged to be calm, be kind, stay at home
- if people have no explanation of why they are outside the Police will remind them of their obligations and can take enforcement actions if they feel it is necessary
- New Zealanders will want to do the right thing. The Government is being as clear as they can on the guidance and Police will be working with people to help them understand
- Government’s goal is to keep people connected to their employer through the wage subsidy, and said if that was not happening then they have the backup mechanism of the welfare system
- In regard to those overseas - even under the most difficult of circumstances - New Zealand is their home.
You will understand the importance of routine for your family. If your routine has been shaken up, like you’re now working from home, it’s good to structure your time. Routines are reassuring, and promote health and physical wellbeing. The below timetable (targeted at children) could be something your household adapts to use over the next weeks. A school holiday version will likely look a little different, but some form of routine will still be important as we go through the lockdown period.
*Adapted from a resource developed by Jessica McHale Photography
||Eat breakfast, make your bed, get dressed, put any dirty clothes in the laundry
||Family walk with the dog, bike ride,
aerobics if it’s raining
||Learning at home
||School-led learning or Sudoku, books, flash cards, journal etc
||Lego, drawing, crafting, playing music, cooking or building, etc.
||Helping at home
||# wipe all kitchen tables and chairs
# wipe all door handles, light switches and desk tops
# wipe both bathrooms - sinks and toilets
||Reading, puzzles, nap, radio NZ stories
||Learning at home
||School-led learning or iPad games, Youtube educational shows, etc
||Afternoon fresh air
||Bikes, walk the dog, play outside
||Free TV time
||Kids shower time
||All kids who follow the daily schedule & don’t fight
There are links below to more wellbeing information to support your family during the lockdown:
For Pacific families, if you are not aware the Ministry for Pacific Peoples’ has been working to ensure useful information is available to Pacific peoples. A one-hour special will be aired on Tagata Pasifika’s segment on Saturday at 9am
; and on Sunday at 7.35am
, Tagata Pasifika will share messages from community leaders. The Ministry is asking you to reach out to all your family members, community groups, friends and group chats to ensure our Pacific community groups are watching the programming on both days.
5) Internet Providers:
Some good news to support you either working at home and/or studying at home - Spark, Vodafone, Vocus/Slingshot, 2Degrees and now Trustpower, have all advised they have removed their data caps and the possibility of any extra charges based on usage.
Thank you to all of you for taking the lockdown seriously. As the Prime Minister has noted staying at home will break the chain and save lives; breaking the rules could risk someone close to you and if the rules are not complied with, this could risk the lock down period being extended or could risk the virus being spread to thousands.
Stay connected, choose to be positive and kind,