Update 27 March 2020

Well that’s one day ticked off!

This lovely whakataukī that’s been circulating seems perfect for the times.

A story has been reported on RNZ today that hundreds of childcare centres will be paid out tens of millions in insurance for loss of income during the COVID-19 crisis because of a special arrangement with their broker.

However, the story incorrectly identified Playcentre as being insured by Lloyds of London through Crombie Lockwood. While Playcentre Aotearoa is insured by Crombie Lockwood, our insurance provider is Ando. We have been working with Crombie Lockwood and at this stage is does not appear that we are covered for loss of income from a pandemic.

We understand that some of you may be feeling some disappointment – we are also disappointed by this exclusion.

In our recent bulletin we said that WINZ subsidies would continue through the lockdown period. We shared this information based on the information received by the Ministry of Education on 24 March. However, we have now received further information from the Ministry to say the information provided was incorrect. We will continue to work with the Ministry of Education on this. 

The Ministry says it will continue to work with the Ministry of Social Development on the issue.

During these difficult and uncertain times, the Ministry for Pacific Peoples’ (MPP) priority is to keep Pacific communities in New Zealand safe, aware, educated and informed.

With support from our friends at SunPix (Tagata Pasifika), Director of Bright Sunday Stella Muller and others, we have been able to produce important key COVID-19 messages for our Pacific peoples in their Pacific languages which will be shown on TV.

Pacific clinicians will be sharing the Government’s key messages with the Pacific communities, in nine Pacific languages – Samoan, Tongan, Cook Islands Maori, Fijian, Niuean, Tokelau, Tuvalu, Kiribati and Rotuman.

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 our community leaders.

A reminder that we will launch our Virtual Village on the Playcentre website next week. We will have all the latest updates and ideas about how learning for our tamariki can continue during the lockdown period.

We will send out an email when the village goes “live”.