Kia ora koutou, malo e lelei
We would like to update you on ANZEA’s response to the COVID-19 situation.
The arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic on our shores has had widespread impacts on life in Aotearoa, and ANZEA is no exception. We take our responsibilities to the evaluation community and ANZEA as an organisation very seriously, and have had to enact a range of steps in response to the coronavirus.
Our bottom line is that we wish to protect the health and safety of our members, volunteers, contractors, and participants in ANZEA activity.
It is with regret that in order to protect our ANZEA whānau, and given the extraordinary volatility of the current environment, the ANZEA Board has taken the decision to postpone the ANZEA conference scheduled for July. We are currently working with the Waikato committee to look at options for a later date, potentially early 2021, and exploring the availability of planned keynotes.
We are also for the time being suspending any face to face branch activity or professional development workshops. We have also suspended all air travel on ANZEA business, and any ANZEA Board or branch meetings should be conducted virtually until further notice.
Our contractors already work from home and this will continue.
We realise this will disappoint all who had planned on attending the conference and other events, and we recognise that many will have submitted proposals for presentations for the ANZEA conference. However, the rapidly-moving pace of developments have led us to believe this is the most responsible course of action to take for our members and whānau, the organisation and public health in Aotearoa.
We are deeply grateful to the Waikato Committee in the extensive and exceptional work they have undertaken in planning for this year’s conference, and we will be doing our utmost to ensure this does not go to waste.
We will be exploring online options for professional development in coming months.
The above arrangements and emerging developments in the COVID-19 pandemic will be reviewed regularly by the Board and the ANZEA managers.
Sending you all aroha and best wishes as we all navigate the uncertain times ahead.
Noho ora mai
Adrian Field and Seini Jensen