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CANZ National Conference 2020 - Message from Dianne Troup, President

Here in New Zealand we often feel far away from the rest of the world but the sad reality is that we too are impacted by the ever-developing consequences of the Covid 19 virus.

The CANZ National Executive met last evening and after deep consideration, and with real regret it has been decided that it is untenable for us to proceed with this year’s national conference in Wellington. Thank you to all those who registered so promptly and enthusiastically. A full refund of the registration fee will be made to you within the next few days. 


To abide by the rules of our constitution we do still need to hold an AGM before the end of May so we are considering doing this “virtually”. We have researched this and it is feasible and doable and we will advise the details once we have fully determined how it will all work. We hope to wrap the AGM around with one or two of the presentations that were planned for conference so there will be a learning opportunity there as well. 

Over the last few months, we have been talking extensively to Justine from YourVA about moving more into using the “virtual” model to share presentations at branch events with the wider membership, especially those in outlying areas, so this will be an opportunity to showcase and trial it. 

We are so grateful to the Wellington branch conference committee for their efforts in creating a comprehensive and varied programme and we are so sorry to have had to come to this decision. These are unprecedented times but there is real comfort in knowing we are facing this together.   

Keeping up to date with Covid-19

The Ministry of Health is the ‘go to’ place for all updates around Covid-19 and the individual and public response. The situation is changing daily and sometimes hourly. As an Exec we will continue to monitor the situation but we ask that you also remain informed via the MOH website in order to safeguard yourself and the communities you live in; and also in order to appropriately manage your working environments i.e. gatherings for weddings and funerals as we appreciate that these are being impacted. You can follow the Ministry of Health on FaceBook and Twitter – see MinHealthNZ and the FaceBook posts are useful to share as needed.

"It isn’t for the moment you are stuck that you need courage, but for the long uphill climb back to sanity and faith and security" ~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh