June 2020 Update from the National Coordinator

We have been back in the office for three weeks, with today being the first day that the doors are open to the public. Well done Aotearoa for getting through this. The lock-down feels like it was another life time ago however life on the other side is definitely different.

Many of our services for the rest of the year have been affected. We have cancelled the annual HIV Women’s Seminar and Retreat and will probably cancel the Family Hui scheduled for October 2020.

We have not been able to offer HIV Rapid Testing and bookings for the Positive Speakers Bureau were cancelled. We have started doing some talks via zoom and this may become more of a regular feature but it will take time to build this service up again.

We had to stop with the HIV Stigma Index research as we could no longer do interviews. We initially offered a zoom option but with so much going on, metaphorically, in peoples lives, there was not much uptake.

We, like so many others, are looking for new ways to operate. The virtual world is fast becoming our real world and will play a significant role in our work going forward. We are aiming to hold our AGM via zoom this year and also have some online support activities lined up.

Regardless of all that is going on, there have still been people diagnosed with HIV during the lockdown which is a reminder that life continues no matter what.

We hope you have manged to get through the worst of the lockdown without too much damage. Please reach out if you want or require support in any way.

Nā tō rourou, nā taku rourou ka ora ai te iwi.

Kind regards Jane