Update 15 May 2020

Tēnā koutou katoa

Our concerns over deficiencies in the Budget have appeared in the media today, and it’s likely we will get further media attention.   There are some comments being made on Facebook, which I regard as unfortunate.   The  NZ Herald story compares the $3.1 million increase for Playcentre to the $200 million increase for Te Kōhanga Reo.  I would like to make it clear that we are happy for kōhanga to receive this funding – this  is not an us versus them situation. The point of comparison is made only because this is an organisation with which we have had long-standing funding parity, up until this Budget.

Please do not let Playcentre’s story be de-railed by unhelpful comments.  As an organisation we have much to be proud of, and much to lose if we do not receive the level of funding that we requested from and worked with Ministry of Education officials for many months.

Playcentre offers so much of true value to tamariki, whānau and communities all around the country.  It is not a New Zealand institution for nothing, and after almost 80 years, it would be a tragedy to lose. That must be our focus.

And just a reminder about the terms of use for Facebook – please use respectful language in posts and comments and think about whether you’d use that language in a face-to-face situation.

For all the Centres opening again on Monday, there may be some challenges, but I imagine there will be some very happy children.  I hope it goes wonderfully.  You will have seen the guidelines for how to run sessions safely on our  website, and there is also a checklist here that has gone up today, which includes all the usual daily checks but also some COVID-specific ones. 

We have also updated the Level 2 signage available here. Included in here is a sign that you are welcome to use if your Centre is not accepting visitors right now.

We have sought further information to clarify licencing requirements and the implications for Centres under Level 2, which you can find on our website.

Wishing you all an enjoyable weekend and all the best for Monday.

Ka kite anō au i a koutou.

Sean McKinley

Kia ora koutou whānau

Thank you to everyone for your continued hard work over the past seven weeks.  It’s been a trying time and to further muddy the waters, we have been very disappointed by the Budget, which Sean has already talked about in this Update. As has been reported in the media today, continued underfunding will mean services are likely to be cut, which could mean the loss of some Centres and jobs. 

So please, share your worries, stay resolved and in contact with your colleagues and manager and most importantly, contact our Workplace Support service if you would like professional counselling

And rest assured, we are now fighting for Playcentre to get the funding it deserves so that we can continue all the great work of Playcentre.

Ngā mihi nui