Monday 23rd March 2020:
To our Recreate NZ community,
Following the recent Government announcement and this ever-evolving COVID-19 crisis, the Board and operations team have discussed our course of action.
Accordingly, Recreate NZ is cancelling all programmes in all regions effective today, Monday 23rd March 2020. At this stage, closure of programmes will last until Sunday 5th July 2020, but we will reassess this situation by Monday 29th June and maybe before that date.
As socialisation in groups is at the core of what we do, it makes total sense that we close all programmes. At the same time, we are thinking of you, the families we work with, some of you we see week in and week out.
As stated on the Ministry of Health website, ‘The virus will not be able to keep spreading if it can’t pass from one person to another. The Prime Minister has said that the Alert Level 4 will be in place for 4 weeks, which will take us through until 22nd April, but may last longer if COVID-19 is not under control at the end of that period.’
Accordingly, we want to ensure the safety of the amazing young people who come to Recreate, some of whom have underlying medical and health conditions. That is the main reason why we want to take extra precautions with setting a return date for our programmes. At this stage we are ruling out all programmes until 5th July 2020.
If New Zealand responds well to this crisis we will return to work and start on developing programmes for Term 3. We do need a lot of time to prepare a whole term’s worth of programmes so we are giving ourselves the space and time to do this – to ensure the quality and quantity of programmes expected of us.
We have recently released our Autumn / Term 2 newsletter and we have received booking requests. If you have already paid deposits for affected programmes, we will retain these as credit for future programmes. Alternatively, you can request a refund by emailing
For any programme bookings commencing after Sunday 5th July, we will acknowledge any booking confirmations that we have already sent to you. As mentioned at the top, we will reassess all programmes on Monday 29th June which might affect these booking confirmations.
Due to the alert level increase to 4, our staff will be working from home in isolation, but still digitally connected. Our office landline will not be checked, so emailing is the preferred method of communication.
Please bear with us as we might take a little longer to reply to emails and phone calls. Be assured we will get in touch as soon as we can.
We hope you understand our decision today and everybody stays safe in these unprecedented times. We really do appreciate the support during this time.
The team at Recreate NZ
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