Kia ora koutou,
Yesterday the Prime Minister confirmed that Auckland will move to Alert Level 3 at midnight today, Tuesday 21 September, for at least two weeks. The rest of New Zealand will remain at Alert Level 2.
Level 3 has been dubbed “lockdown with takeaways” – and so for our Auckland-based students and whānau it may mean only a small difference, especially as schools and early learning centres remain largely closed. However, it is a step towards opening up further, and in that sense we all celebrate with Auckland.
For us in Tauranga, campus is open with Delta Level 2 restrictions - wearing face masks in shared areas, signing in and keeping our distance, and staying home if you're unwell or need to isolate. Distance learning continues also. See our recent blog post for full details of Level 2 arrangements.
As we look ahead to the end of the study year, there is still much uncertainty. While we cannot see how this outbreak will end, we can see excellent progress being made as case numbers reduce and vaccination rates increase. We must also continue to look to our guide and great teacher Jesus, who taught us that our future in Him is certain, forgiven and hopeful.
Ma te Atua tātou e manaaki, In God we trust,
Dr Andrew Butcher
Te Taiurungi, Principal