Kia ora koutou,
How are you all? It seems like a while and yet not long at all since we began 2021 classes at BTI in celebration and in hope that we would grow, learn and thrive together.
We learnt from the Prime Minister yesterday that Auckland will remain at Alert Level 3, with some easing of restrictions, and parts of the Waikato are also in Level 3 for 5 days from Sunday, 3 October. However for now the rest of Aotearoa New Zealand - including BTI campus - remain at Alert Level 2.
This means that BTI's current practices on campus continue - we continue to wear masks in common areas, keeping our distance, signing in using the QR code, practicing good hygiene, and staying home if we’re sick. I appreciate and want to acknowledge all of you practicing these guidelines carefully already. Our online courses will also continue and all resources are available on BTI Online 24/7.
While Sunday was officially the last day of Mental Health Awareness week, I think it is just as important now to ‘Mā te Kōrero, ka ora – Take Time to Kōrero’. Amid continuing restrictions and with uncertainty ahead, a short chat can go a long way to improve our wellbeing or to encourage one another. Our God too is a great listener, and so I encourage you all to keep up your kōrero with God and with one another. Please reach out to your course coordinator or another staff member if we can help.
Ma te Atua tātou e manaaki, In God we trust,
Dr Andrew Butcher
Te Taiurungi/ Principal