COVID-19 MESSAGE FOR ALUMNI AND FRIENDS IN THE UK

From Eric Tracey- Chair of the UK Friends of the University of Auckland

As Chair of the UK Friends of the University of Auckland, I wanted to write a personal message to all the alumni and friends here in UK.


I know that this is a very tough time for many of you, whether that is due to loss of work and income, illness and self-isolation, or by having to cope with unexpected changes to work and childcare arrangements. I pass on to you the very best wishes and thoughts from all trustees of the UK Friends.


The situation continues to evolve on a daily basis, and there is still a lot of uncertainty. You will all be keeping abreast of the very latest news through a wide range of communication channels that are available and suit your needs.  I have listed a few for you below, that I wanted share, in case you find them useful now or in the coming months.


UK updates: 
https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Updates for New Zealanders in UK:
https://www.mfat.govt.nz/en/countries-and-regions/europe/united-kingdom/new-zealand-high-commission/living-in-the-uk/covid-19-coronavirus/

New Zealand High Commission: 
Twitter @nzinuk and Facebook is New Zealand High Commission – London

New Zealand updates:
covid19.govt.nz

Safe Travel - Register or update your profile:
https://register.safetravel.govt.nz/login

Passports – update on the service
https://www.passports.govt.nz/contactus/in-the-united-kingdom/


Our new Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dawn Freshwater, started with the University in mid-March, and has done exceptionally well to manage the complex situation on the campus, with staff and students alike. The very latest information and advice can easily accessed through the University website’s homepage


Many of the students in Auckland will be finding it financially difficult, as the part-time roles they relied on to make ends meet dry up, as a consequence the need for student hardship funding is now greater than ever. If you are in a position to help, you can do so here:  Donate to the Student Emergency and Wellbeing Fund. The UK Friends of the University of Auckland is a UK Registered Charity, enabling you to give tax efficiently, and will be able to claim Gift Aid.


Naturally, the Board of the UK Friends has postponed its events for the foreseeable future but we very much look forward to rescheduling these in the future. In the meantime please stay safe and look after yourself and your family. To use a wonderful Māori phrase:

‘Kia kaha, kia māia, kia manawanui. Be strong, be brave, be steadfast.’

Ngā manaakitanga


Eric