I hope this newsletter finds you well.
For those with kids at home be sure to check out the education channel free to air in English and Te Reo: English-language content will air on TVNZ channel 2+1, TVNZ on Demand, and Sky Channel 502, while Maori Television will broadcast content in Te Reo Māori. The channels will run from 9 am to 3 pm on school days. Below are some education links to help support your at-home learning with your children and little ones, and for a little bit of fun too when you need a break from the virtual classroom.
There are two dedicated Government websites with resources and advice for different age-groups and these will have more added to them over time. "Learning from Home” https://learningfromhome.govt.nz/, and “Ki te Ao Marama” https://www.kauwhatareo.govt.nz/mi/resource/ki-te-ao-marama/
Scholastic has created a free learn-from-home website with over 20+ days of learning and other activities https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/supprt/learnathome.html
Science for kids – Fun science and technology website for kids, including experiments to do at home
And the ever-popular Nanogirl Science experiments at home https://nanogirlslab.com/?fbclid=IwAR2mKwwaaGwrU-dWUWSy9Ons7JuDKKgj-kaLAcZeQjPZbb2ZL6wXmoXgeMQ
Educational games: PBS Kids – Online Educational Videos ad Games
Fun Brain – Games, Reading, Videos, and Maths
MSD Community Awareness and Preparedness Grant Fund has been established. The fund is available to community groups providing essential community-led solutions that support local resilience and community wellbeing during COVID-19 restrictions. To apply for a grant, community organisations need to send an email describing your initiative, attach an invoice with the costs itemised and bank account verification to CAPGF_2020@msd.govt.nz. Grants allocated from the fund will be one-off. Priority is being given to requests that support Maori, Pacific, older people, people with disabilities, people with current significant health considerations, migrant communities and people who are rurally isolated.
It is outrageous that the Prisoner Voting Bill was rushed before Justice Select Committee by audioconference while the nation is in lockdown and Parliament, courts suspended. The Government told the nation “all parliamentary business before select committees would be suspended” (NZ Herald) when announcing lockdown and Parliament adjournment. It seems they forgot to say except law changes that will help Labour win next election. 5 million NZers are facing unprecedented restrictions on their rights under lockdown being confined to home, unable to meet or protest, thousands of businesses banned from trading, yet the Governments priority is advancing prisoner voting rights. This can’t be regarded in any way necessary to the country’s response to the Covid-19 crisis. The PM must reconsider.
You can watch a superb submission on the bill from previous Justice Minister, Hon Amy Adams here: https://wetransfer.com/…/ef9cbe394ffe2ef7d909ef3fb3b…/d920dd
I encourage you to submit before it closes on the 23rd.
I came across this poem written by Catherine (Kitty) O'Meara in 1869, which was reprinted during the 1919 Spanish Flu Pandemic. History repeats itself.
And people stayed at home
And read books
And they rested
And did exercises
And made art and played
And learned new ways of being
And stopped and listened
Someone meditated, someone prayed
Someone met their shadow
And people began to think differently
And people healed.
And in the absence of people who
Lived in ignorant ways
Dangerous, meaningless and heartless,
The earth also began to heal
And when the danger ended and
People found themselves
They grieved for the dead
And made new choices
And dreamed of new visions
And created new ways of living
And completely healed the earth
Just as they were healed.
Don’t forget to regularly check www.covid19.govt.nz for the most up to date information. Be sure to stay safe, keep healthy and check in on your friends and family this week.
Stay home - save lives