It was way back in late February that New Zealand had its first case of Covid-19 and it has been quite a ride since then. By the good efforts of so many people, we now have no new cases and are now at Level 1 earlier than many people thought. That is truly a remarkable achievement by the team of five million.
Now that we are at Level 1, much of life goes back to some kind of normal, including for BTI. There are a whole lot of practical things that will now revert to how they used to be, which I’ve set out below.
More important is also to recognise that while life appears normal, for many people it is not normal. There is grief, there is change, there is uncertainty, there is anxiety. That is true of many of you and your whanau. So my encouragement is that we continue to be kind, be gracious, be reasonable with each other as we once again change our routines, even if they are back to something more familiar.
Here are the practical changes, which will take effect on Thursday 11 June, which gives us the time we need to set some of these changes into motion.
Thank you for all your patience, goodwill and faithfulness as you, with us, have journeyed through this Covid-19 experience.
I also want to acknowledge and honour the outstanding BTI team of staff who have gone above and beyond the call of duty in every respect and, with you, thank them for their service.
Ma te Atua tātou e manaaki
Dr Andrew Butcher
CEO and Dean