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Announcement from Sport NZ - Covid-19 coronavirus

posted 16 Mar 2020, 12:32 by Debbie Stevens   [ updated 16 Mar 2020, 12:33 ]



Dear Dio Whānau 

Please see below the announcement made by Sport NZ last night. There will be many disappointed students, coaches, managers and supporters, but, as outlined below, the paramount factor is the health and safety of students, staff and community volunteers.
Never has our 2020 school theme of EMPATHY been more important. 


National Sports Tournaments Suspended - To Be Reviewed 6 APR.

Following the government announcement today banning gatherings and events of 500 or more and in conjunction with NSOs with events scheduled this term, the board of School Sport NZ has confirmed that all events on the School Sport NZ national calendar are suspended.

This decision will be reviewed on Monday 6th April. Some events where alternative dates are not possible will be cancelled, others may be postponed and we will work with NSOs to make announcements in due course.

The government directive banning mass gatherings of over 500 people automatically causes the cancellation or postponement of a number of events in the next 2 weeks.

With so many big events automatically suspended the level of uncertainty has the potential to significantly disrupt attendance at all events.

In making this decision to suspend events on the School Sport NZ national calendar both School Sport NZ and NSOs agree that the paramount factor is the health and safety of students, staff and community volunteers.

The current environment already features a number of individual schools cancelling their own events such as sport exchanges and camps and making decisions limiting travel and participation.

Events on the School Sport NZ national calendar feature schools travelling from all over New Zealand and as such present a potentially heightened risk of wider community spread by comparison to regional or local events.

Medical advice is that the risk of transmission is low at community level, where there has been no person-to-person spread, but significantly higher in situations in which airports, air-travel and hotels are involved as characterised by events on the School Sport NZ national calendar.

While student participants are registered, the ‘un-ticketed’ nature of events on the national calendar make it extremely difficult to contact trace as other attendees are not registered.

The close personal contact nature of sport carries a heightened risk of person to person transfer.

Regional bodies will need to consider their own circumstances in relation to their regional and local events.


As always, we are following the guidelines of the Health and Education Ministries to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus and we will update you on further important developments through our school communication channels.  

Everybody should follow the basic principles to reduce the risk of getting an acute respiratory infection or passing it on to others: 
  • regularly washing hands (for at least 20 seconds with warm water and soap and dry thoroughly) 
  • practicing cough etiquette (maintain distance, cough into your bent elbow if possible). Cover coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or clothing, dispose of tissues in a rubbish bin  
  • staying home if you are sick until you have recovered
  • avoiding close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms
  • if you feel unwell you should avoid public gatherings and events.  
Kia Kaha and aroha to you all.

Nāku iti noa, nā

Mary Curran
PRINCIPAL
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