Update 14 April 2020

Tēnā koutoa katoa

I hope everyone enjoyed the Easter break – definitely an Easter like no other.
I’ve been making great use of Zoom and teleconferences today; a total of three meetings with the management team, the co-presidents and our Regional Managers.
Susan Bailey, Playcentre’s principal advisor brought the whakataukī  to the management meeting.  Not only is it a whakataukī that is part of Te Whāriki, but it really reflected the tenor of much of the day’s kōrero.
He pai te tirohanga ki ngā mahara mō ngā
rā pahemo engari ka puta te
māramatanga i runga i te titiro

It is fine to have recollections of the past,
but wisdom comes from being able to
prepare opportunities for the future

Looking to the future was a key part of all today’s hui.  After 20 days in lockdown, we are putting our minds to how we move on to other Alert Levels.  The Government announced today that it would be providing information on Thursday about our next steps.  However, it was interesting to hear the Prime Minister advise today that we shouldn’t assume lockdown measures will be lifted next week, and even if they are, strict restrictions will stay in place.  We have already been thinking about how moving to Level 3, or even Level 2 will affect Centres, but these are fluid times, and it’s not easy to predict all the measures that will be put in place over the next few weeks.  We will be following all briefings very closely and hopefully will be able to provide a  plan for how we get back to something resembling normal.     
We are also trying to look longer term.  As you will be aware, I put the proposal for the second phase of our change process on hold when we were confronted with the COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing lockdown.  Given that there are some of you who will be affected more than others by those proposals, I am mindful that it is very important that we can provide some assurances, or at the very least, a timeline of what will happen to the process now.  Of course, hovering over all of us is the wider uncertainty of the pandemic, which makes planning difficult.  
For all that, I would like to think I can provide further useful information before too long.  
On a lighter note, the Virtual Village has a lovely account of one of Playcentre family’s life and experiences during lock down – including the challenges and the unexpected blessings.

Ka kite anō au i a koutou.

Sean McKinley