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Many of these places have strong unions and support systems in place for this.
We do not.
In tangible terms, I’ve already lost Six weeks of work and am waiting to hear about another Four and Two.
One of my best humans is coming home in 10 days. I wasn’t expecting to see him til July
Now that’s on the back burner until we know if our company is going to exist past next month.
So our entire first half projection is about 1/3 of what it was last year at this point
We haven’t even gotten to food yet.
My transferable skills are all service industry and management, none of which are going to be in hot demand.
Nothing good is going to come of this.
The question is. How bad is it going to be.
500+ pax events are a hard nope.
More information on smaller spaces to come through over the next couple of days.
Schools currently staying open.
Financial support package being announced tomorrow, by our minister of finance.
Ditto Cuba Dupa.
Homegrown pulled this morning.
Book of Mormon likely to also wind up.
Red Leap has cancelled the rest of their tour.
We’ve got friends who are now empty through til Edinburgh Fringe, or beyond.
Which would be fine if:
- their staff were better
- it didn’t more than double the hire rate
The government support package that’s been announced this afternoon?
Completely skips over a bunch of us who own our small companies.
We don’t have employees. We don’t pay ourselves a salary, let alone above minimum wage.
If our venue contracts were part time instead of casual, we’d be okay.
If we were performers, we’d be eligible.
Currently my tomorrow is going to be spending time on the phone to see if there’s anything at all we are eligible for.
She said to call back tomorrow. Currently they don't know what to do with situations like ours, but there's quite a few of us.
And then started doing counting that up by the amount of companies that have already shuttered, and those we're expecting to.
It's. Not small.
Currently our entire second quarter has gone from around $90k to $500
(no, that’s not missing a zero)
I'm going to do some community organising to try get some training happening for the 1000s of us sans work.
Then I'm going to cry.
Then I'll go to my show call
Went to my show call
Got the news
Did the show
But it’s hard to even try when I don’t know if we’ll have a roof over our head at the end of the month.
Or an industry to come back to.
Everything is cancelled.
Well. Not quite everything. But there’s maybe five shows happening around New Zealand that I know of.
Or, going the other way, around 200 shows have been cancelled.
Venues are shuttering.
Who knows what tonight brings.
Our entire industry isn’t grinding to a halt so much as slamming into a surprise iceberg.
Everyone is emotionally dull, with random bursts of tears quelled by pats and whispers of “we’re all fucked”.
Even the forums are oddly gentle.
RIP The Arts
Usually it’s see ya next year.
Usually it’s chats and beer and potato’s until the wee hours.
This year it was a gentle whimper. There were no hugs or promises of future sass.
Just sad eyes and quiet mumbles.
Reach out to your friends in creative industries.
Ask what supplies people need.
Offer to send groceries.
See if you can chip in towards our rent.
Buy a book on our wish list.
Send a game on steam.
It's hard to put your hand up & say you need rescuing when almost all of your friend group is in the same rough seas, trying desperately to stay afloat.
It's hard when you're a tech & you pride yourself on staying calm when everyone else panics.
As someone who is known for staying calm when it all turns to shit, I've currently got people turning to me for advice and reassurance.
I... haven't even got enough emotional energy to get out of my jamas today.
But I'm telling them we'll persist.
Almost all of them offer vouchers that you can trade for future tickets, which is ideal. It’s easier to justify reopening if you have an audience.
Also. Lots of them take donations, if that’s your jam.
Cancelled shows means no income.
Tiny houses mean zero profit.
It also fucks with funding applications for money for future shows.
Some are already set up for tickets, merch, and donations. Smaller ones nsm
If you love a local festival, see if you can buy some of the 2020 merch if it’s available. Or pay a power bill for the office.
Book them for an event you’re dreaming of, and pay the deposit.
Hire some leds and a smoke machine for an end of the world rave.
Pay a power bill.
Set up a recurring donation for coffee.
- No indoor gatherings of greater than 100
- No outdoor gatherings of greater than 500
- Reconsider if you need to gather at all. Move dates, move online, minimise your risk of being exposed.
There’s a few exceptions (minor with parents here, high-demand worker)
Again. Unprecedented. https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/120423903/coronavirus-prime-minister-to-make-announcement-on-border-controls
Too wholesome. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/19/jacinda-ardern-holds-special-coronavirus-press-conference-for-children
Some companies are shuttering now, as they can’t see a way through.
This will incl venues.
If you want to help save the performing arts, please reach out to your humans and your companies of choice.
I’ve suggested some tangible ways to help over like 6 tweets here -
We've literally lost over 99% of our income, so anything will help.
In this statement they have committed to paying everyone who would have been involved in the shows for these engagements. Which is a gold star.
Bats told their staff and did a press release.
Basement told their full time staff, then facebook before they told the casuals.
Comedy Festival is gone as well, with a beautiful email to us and a heart felt press release.
We usually get enough from Comedy Fest to tide us through to end of March.
Like. Mayo is surprisingly expensive if you have to buy it.
The worst part is - I didn't even really eat mayo til I started working Comedy Fest
- How long's the wait for the wage subsidy?
- Can my partner even get back into the country?
- Here's this animal video that made me feel less awful
- We're self isolating, can people drop groceries off?
- How do we survive?
There’s a second part to be announced on the 24th, to be targeted towards practitioners. https://www.creativenz.govt.nz/news/creative-new-zealand-establishes-multi-million-dollar-covid-19-response
Creative New Zealand’s governing body, the Arts Council, has empowered the national arts development agency to establish a multi-million-dollar Emergency Response Package to support artists, arts...https://www.creativenz.govt.nz/news/creative-new-zealand-establishes-multi-million-dollar-covid-19-response
I’m hoping the tba one will cover us small businesses and venues that are currently in no-mans-land
The Lake House have closed their doors to the public for the next fortnight, and will re-evaluate from there.
Cassette Nine is home to the burlesque producer that we work with, as well as a stalwart for bebe bands and DJs.
Lake House hosts a sporadic rehearsals space, as well as offices for a producing company.
Other places to add to the closed down list:
- Most museums, including Te Papa and Auckland War Museum
- San Fran
- Auckland Art Gallery
- All auckland libraries https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/coronavirus/120431385/coronavirus-what-new-restrictions-mean-for-bars-gyms-cinemas-and-museums
Auckland's Ponsonby Rd was quiet on Friday evening, after bars and other venues were told to limit patrons to 100 people.https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/coronavirus/120431385/coronavirus-what-new-restrictions-mean-for-bars-gyms-cinemas-and-museums
Vodafone’s message where the network type usually goes is actually a really sweet touch by a corporate monolith.
Are other networks doing the same?
- Introducing a 4 level system to succinctly indicate our threat level, and appropriate courses of action.
- A plea for no unnecessary domestic travel, to minimise hard to trace potential transmission.
- Reiteration that essential services will function
Which means elderly, immune compromised, & those with respiratory conditions are to isolate.
Schools will stay open, unless they have cases.
Work from home where possible.
It’s a special sort of strength to be so calm and eloquent, with an undercurrent don’t fuck with this country I love.
I love her.
If it’s not on here, there’s a good chance it’s not true.
Be patient, there’s probably half the country trying to check it out right now. https://covid19.govt.nz/
On the one hand, safety.
On the other hand, the 3 days of festival pack out that start tomorrow might be my last income til July.
No point in safety if you can’t eat.
That said. Pneumonia fucking sucks. And I’ve had it twice in the last three years.
I’m wondering if I should also post them publicly during these weird times, and actively do a reach to those who are floating.
This is the group of my main tech gang. All of us currently unemployed & v concerned, but finding a bit of joy in the ridiculousness of our new normal.
Related. Anyone know where I can get an old timey diving suit?
I love that only one of us has our real name in there, which I should definitely fix the rest of them are quite stupid injokes.
I’ve also heard of some of the smaller am-drams now postponing their upcoming seasons. Which is where a lot of us professionals were going to hang out.
So I may as well commit, right?
Boy oh boy, it's a wild fucking time to be on the national body for my industry.
Answering questions that even the government don't know the answers to yet.
Trying to gather solid information to lobby for assistance.
All whilst being caught in the same collapse.
I'm only a bebe compared to most.
So have the least to fall back on in terms of saleable assets.
But I also don't have dependants
Not even a week ago.
What the fuck.
Level three has been announced.
With NZ moving into level four in 48 hours.
Please don’t panic.
Essential services will be staying open. You will be able to get groceries and medicines right through.
Breathe. Plan. Look out for each other.
This website has everything you need to know about COVID-19 in one place. Learn the simple steps you can take to unite against the virus and slow its spread. Find out what help is available and get...https://covid19.govt.nz/latest-updates/update-from-prime-minister-jacinda-ardern-230320/
But if you need some one to game with, or fluffy picture distractions, or someone to talk to, my DMs are open.
We’ve got this, tiny pocket pals.
Be excellent x
This doesn't mean go out panic buying for the last run into midnight.
Get your bunns to where you intend to shelter
And bloody stay there.
And if we can do this long enough, we'll all fucking win
I've been looking for places that can help the folks in my industry that are going to be short on work for a looooong time. And they're a bit lacking.
I've also had a good whack of offers of support for us.
What if. I coordinate that place?
But it needs to be expanded outwards to include the folks that I don't already know.
How do we do this?
I... don't really know yet. But I do know that I'm going to need your help to resource it.
- If your business has stopped, you can access the wage subsidy for your staff with exceptions to the top up BUT you must pass it on full rate
- Stay in your suburb. Walking distance only pals
- NZ will continue to support Aussies over here, because we're not dicks.
- Heartfelt words about our Māori MPs and their mahi within their communities <3
We'll see how that goes. I know some LL's are actively helping, some have ZERO fucks
Definitely not related
I just got my third star in Cook, Serve, Delicious!
Partially because of the $$ they represent.
But mostly because they were going to be really fun.
- "Please be kind to each other" "Please don't make this any harder for people to seek the help they need" "Please take care of each other and be kind"
- If you believe people aren't complying, talk politely to them. If they're being eggs to you, call 105
- Don't do anything where you might get into trouble and need help
- Don't go travelling
- Don't play contact sports (fucking, duh)
- "Don't be stupid"
Beautiful. The most kiwi of responses to this.
- Cough or sneeze into your ELBOWS
- Wash your hands regularly
- Wash surfaces regularly
- Question about whether NZ hospitals are ready for the peak of the curve to hit. CD Dir says we're prepping for it hard
- If you're unsure, isolate. Be safe.
Nice work journos!
The honesty from John Ombler and Sarah Stuart-Black about what they do and don't know is a stark contrast to the overseas bravdo.
This is the reality for the arts all around the world currently.
No sign of a reprise
Not enough support to believe we'll ever truly recover https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2020/mar/27/coronavirus-lockdown-affects-arts-workers
It's not surprising and it's totally the right call.
It's the first time Edinburgh Fringe has been cancelled in its 73 years.
But I'm not fucking sorry.
I spend 90% of my time on live events, because that's what I love the most. But I do some film and TV work when interesting projects crop up, or as part of my contract work to other companies.
I've basically replaced that with #LockInTA & Creative Korero & crying
The arts are an integral part of a functional society.
There has always been artists, before we got out of caves. Our history has been passed through story tellers long before we committed it to paper. Myths and legends make sense of the unknown.
I'm not just talking about the obvious, like movies and digital gallery trips, but also the less obvious like daily pressers and online papers.
- Video Games
- How-To Videos
Then I want to know how you're getting such good internet connection from under your fucking rock
Sure, allowed out of our iso bubbles.
There still won't be large gatherings or events, and it'd be irresponsible of us to encourage them.
There still won't be theatre or musicals as rehearsal time is a thing.
There's indications that our borders will be closed until there's a vaccine, and we've been told to consider that as being 12 to 18 months away.
Which means no international acts.
No international films or TV series.
No touring bands.
No touring circus or musicals.
International acts hire local crew. A lot of local crew.
They hire local gear. Local drivers. Local openers.
For some the summer season is 50%+ of their income
Their losses from Covid are enough that they can't afford to pay out our truncated contracts.
This is a multi-million dollar, world touring company.
What of the smaller companies?
No income = no cash flow = you're fucked as
We're trying to branch sideways to survive.
But everything costs money.
Which brings us back to the equation from the last tweet
No income = no cash flow = you're fucked
There's a lot of impetus put on keeping large companies alive. Air NZ will get an eye watering bailout.
The wee cafe down the road will be left to float.
The loan system is the bank taking on a bet that you're not going to fuck it up.
Banks don't take bets with long odds.
The arts industry?
Currently the odds are so tall that we should be a milkshake cup
I keep putting it off because the anxiety from it threatens a panic attack.
Our 2019/2020 financial year is looking to settle around $250k gross income.
Currently our 2020/2021 financial year is tracking at $40k gross. $36k of that is a venue contract we hadn't expected to continue on, so hadn't counted.
But $4,000 is too depressing
Assuming the venue contract holds, and we wind up at $40k, we've lost 89.5% of our income this year.
We didn't burn too bright and taper off.
89% of our 89.% percent income loss happened over the course of 36 hours, with about half coming in the first 12 hours of this.
- Theatrical Plays
- Student showcases
- Dance Residency
- Band gigs
- Corporate events
- Fundraiser quiz
And a brace of festivals
That's less cancelled, more hanging out in the chiller for a while.
But we still don't really know if there'll be any real income from it, let alone enough to keep us afloat.
Live-Streaming requires way less crew than a musical, or a standard music festival.
Once we're running there'll be 3, maybe 4, of us on for the show.
Our core group of techs is the other side of 40.
So live-streaming is not the industry saver it's painted as.
No Work = No Income = You're Fucked
But also consider
Limited work = Known names only = Younger generations are fucked
You're making limited work on a tighter budget, with a smaller creative team, which has to make money so you can continue to make work.
These gigs are going to go to the older established designers, the Seans and Janes and Rowans.
Then they'll go get real jobs.
They'll hate everything, including themselves.
And art will suffer for it.
We're going to see a lot of people across all disciplines step out for their mental health.
Not only in the arts, but across everybody.
And I need to go to a meeting, so I'm going to call this here for tonight.
I read them yesterday, & have just finished a reread in preparation for a meeting.
Here's my thoughts:
The emphasis there is on ensuring stability.
Ultimately nothing is too big to fail, but it'll buy time to completely rework systems.
The reality. I'm not sold on
Not so great for the beginning to early career artists, that often get passed over because they don't have the name recognition.
I've been doing this professionally for 11 years, full time for the last 8.
I've sent works overseas, toured nationally, have run venues & festivals, and have a CV longer than my arm.
I'm a very early career artist according to our funding bodies
I would love to be wrong.
I'd fucking love for it to be the younger voices that drive this art revolution
But funding history says otherwise.
They are not looking to fund companies that are the nuts and bolts, just creatives.
Which is absolutely fucked.
Their fucking creations
Without the means and materials and knowledge that the technical sector offers.
Leaving us to go hang is The Stupidest fucking decision.
1) Doesn't help pay rent now
2) Is proven to be a flawed economic narrative
3) Doesn't help companies have the financial confidence to ride this out
With our small fucking turn over
Donates almost as much again in discounts on designs, support, and equipment hire to schools, am-dram groups, venues, festivals, and professional theatre companies.
It's a story you hear from most technical suppliers.
The ones that hadn't pulled the trigger yet were waiting for this update. Hoping against hopes that we'd be seen, & supported.
RIP Technical Arts
I am absofuckinglutely still going to try my luck.
As I said earlier, I would like nothing more than to be proved wrong, and to get the financial support to create opportunities for other folk.
I'll report back. Don't hold your breath.
I'm going to go take my frustration and channel it into a stupid game for a bit, coz the other option is crying and I'm already dehydrated enough thanks.
Thank you to everyone who's contributed to http://ko-fi.com/fallenredninja , or straight into my bank account.
I haven't had the emotional space to hunt all of you down to say thank you individually.
But I see you
You're making a difference
I appreciate you
Although they've not cancelled completely, they're running a limited digital festival this year, they're not going to be hiring any technicians, stage managers, equipment, or venues in 2020.
They haven't technically cancelled.
But the format shift, and financial implications are pretty big for a cluster of contractors who were looking forward to the festival as part of our normal.
Which means a large portion of folks in the arts are left high and dry. https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/apr/08/mps-pass-130bn-wage-subsidy-as-part-of-australias-road-out-of-coronavirus-crisis
Coalition rebuffs calls to expand eligibility for payments to casuals and temporary visa holders as parliament breaks for four monthshttps://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/apr/08/mps-pass-130bn-wage-subsidy-as-part-of-australias-road-out-of-coronavirus-crisis
Because you have to have been with your employer for at least a year as of the 1st of March 2020.
If you're a fixed term contract kinda human, which is pretty much the whole festival circuit, you don't qualify UNLESS you're registered as a sole trader.
Numbers will be similar in NZ https://twitter.com/NickEvershed/status/1247685761291304960?s=20
Which you can read below
(correlation is not causation)
Only 29 new cases today.
Aotearoa, you're kicking ass. Proud as hell. https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/413863/number-of-new-cases-of-covid-19-in-nz-plummets-to-29
NZ has recorded just 29 new cases of Covid-19, but the PM says a decision on changing the alert level will only be made shortly before the lockdown ends. Watch the latest media conference here.https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/413863/number-of-new-cases-of-covid-19-in-nz-plummets-to-29
Livestreams are better than not being able to attend at all, but they're not the same as getting to sit in the collective grief and feel the tiny bits of joy in memories.
I fucking love that Jacinda is like
If people are breaking the rules, I'll fight them. From a 2m distance.
If people are being dicks to other people, we'll all fight them.
If we've been dicks, we'll ring people to apologise because that's just not on.
The Gisborne War Memorial Theatre has been requisitioned by the DHB for use as a covid testing station, and a respiratory health assessment centre.
I believe it's the first venue in NZ to be requisitioned for this pandemic.
BUT I'M NOT ALLOWED TO TALK ABOUT IT YET
(I thought it'd been announced but that was a different thing)
The GWM Theatre was requisitioned on the 26th of March, which I believe is nearly a week before Spark
(If anyone can confirm dates, that'd be super neat)
But also. It's pretty fucked ay.
How is it that the same group of people can cry that the arts need to be defunded, whilst complaining that this outreach is too far away, whilst consuming media in their houses during all of this.
Where is the air gap?
Where is the support back the other way?
622 people people dealt with for breaching lock down, with 64 of them being bad enough that folks are being prosecuted. https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/414137/covid-19-lockdown-64-prosecutions-for-breaches-over-easter
Sixty-four people are facing prosecution for breaching the alert level four Covid-19 lockdown over the Easter weekend, police have confirmed.https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/414137/covid-19-lockdown-64-prosecutions-for-breaches-over-easter
Our reported deaths have gone from 1 on the 10th to 5 as of the 13th.
We're still doing pretty well but it's not time to get complacent. At all.
Partially because I miss outside.
Partially because we have next to zero income until we get to level 2, depending on what happens with places of gathering in the new guidelines.
But I'd rather perish than put people at risk
They’re indicating third quarter of 2021, which is 18 months away.
Live-streaming is all well and good, but it will leave A Lot of folks behind.
This might be a bit late for a lot of companies but it’s definitely a good start https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/political/414239/3-billion-tax-break-to-help-small-businesses-survive-covid-19-crisis
Businesses forecasting losses will be able to claim cash payments against tax previously paid on profits, and the law will be changed to take some pressure off commercial rents.https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/political/414239/3-billion-tax-break-to-help-small-businesses-survive-covid-19-crisis
20 new cases.
9 deaths confirmed (no change from yesterday), with a potential 10th that’s currently being looked into.
Level 3 details coming tomorrow, so we can plan.
More sideye at the 5g conspiracy theorists. https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/414276/covid-19-update-20-new-cases-no-further-deaths-reported
Bubbles can join a little, to bring in close family and support isolated friends. Be careful with how you maintain this.
Gatherings of no more than ten, for funerals, tangis, and weddings alike.
Still stay local. Exercise locally. Stay safe.
Physical attendance will be voluntary, with distance learning the prefence.
The reasoning for this is to support the range of parents that may need to physically return to work
Retail and hospitality are allowed to move to delivery and contactless pick up. Which means craft supplies and hot food are possible ^^
No to face to face or sustained contact. So no hairdressers, massages, house cleaning
Another about how the different levels in different regions is going to be managed.
Continue to physically distance.
Be aware of your bubble edges, of those in it and adjacent, and how to look after your people inside it.
Don't travel unnecessarily.
Continue to be excellent to each other.
DON'T BE DICKS.
DON’T DO ANYTHING DAFT. WE ARE STILL IN LOCK DOWN.
ETNZ Scholarships are live!!
There's 100 level 3 scholarships available to ETNZ members who are keen to have something to show for our indefinite downtime. Open to all membership levels, including coal.
First round of applications close tomorrow
(This is the thing I was like I CAN'T TALK ABOUT IT YET last week)
I'm going to loop back to this section - How you can help people and organisations in the arts, who are universally struggling at the moment. https://twitter.com/FallenRedNinja/status/1240528932484468739?s=20
Why am I looping back to this?
Because Comedy Festival have started an Artist Relief Fund. It's specifically for the artists who were going to perform, to cover their costs that they were relying on sales for https://www.comedyfestival.co.nz/news-feed/nz-intl-comedy-festival-artist-relief-fund/
In March we had to make the devastating but essential decision to cancel the 2020 NZ Intl. Comedy Festival due to the COVID-19 situation. Shockwaves from cancellations such as our own are being...https://www.comedyfestival.co.nz/news-feed/nz-intl-comedy-festival-artist-relief-fund/
In the same was as creatives need techs to realise their work, we need the creatives so we can make the art.
Comedy Fest is a month of happy art in my festival calendar
As a company that falls outside many of the suggestions, it's really frustrating in places, but it's a heartwarming chat https://www.facebook.com/jacindaardern/videos/274382413556922/
- Not trying to make a hierarchy of jobs with what can and can't open, it's about what can be practically made contactless and safe.
- Recreation. You can swim in the ocean but confined spaces like pools will not be opening yet.
- Don't do dangerous stuff. No jetsking.
Stay at home, as much as you can.
Be kind to yourself.
Be kind to others.
The knowledge that people are there, actively looking out for you, and the thirst for that broad community connection.
TVNZ is honestly a pretty essential service (the news, anyone?), and covers 90%+ of its costs. Which is pretty impressive. https://twitter.com/antihobbes/status/1250208076654727168
Bridges asks "if Netflix is your major competitor, why the hell are we funding you?"
To which Kendrick replies "I don't believe that you are, Simon"
And Bridges /frantically/ backpedals
Netflix has tastier catering.
TVNZ provides better coffee, & usually remembers to feed everyone.
Netflix is about the $$
TVNZ creates content by and for our community.
Some of the shows on OnDemand are on par with international productions IMO.
Today's overseas updates are. A time. https://twitter.com/bbcworldservice/status/1251126146017693697?s=20
Our R0 is 0.48, which is nuts! The overseas rate is closer to 2.5.
Director of Health is confident that we don't have any widespread community transmission.
Good work, our team of 5 million
Watch live as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announces whether the country's four-week alert level 4 lockdown will be extended beyond Wednesday.https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/414678/watch-live-covid-19-lockdown-extension-decision-to-be-announced
We will be moving out of Alert Level 4 at 11:59pm on Monday the 27th.
Holding at Level Three for two weeks, before making the next decision on the 11th of May.
Followed by a reminder of what level three looks like.
- Go home, stay home, if you can.
- Leave the house for work if you must
- Schools will be limited open, for the families who need that support
- Stay regional, although local preferred.
- If you are going to work, be safe
- Focusing on testing people who are symptomatic.
- Working to proactively test asymptomatic folk who may have come into contact with anyone.
- Will continue to scale up the randomised and community testing to catch any outliers.
Questions coming in about lock down, the sentiments of our citizens, funerals, economic impact of the additional two days of level 4 (Monday vs Thursday), also the emotional impact of those two days.
Jacinda very carefully answers that the economic stimulation is important, but the personal social impact is the same.
Work as you need to. Do it safely.
Jacinda comes back with I'm the minister of Arts, Culture, and Heritage, I'm feeling this pain and we're doing the best we can to get back to some sort of normal as that's what's best in the long term.
This report will be made public sooner rather than later, so we can all read it.
There are very few issues that have been identified, but there were some small ones.
Bloomfield picks up with, essentially, the grass isn't always greener.
End of presser.
Summary is be good, be safe, be kind.
It's easy to harp on from the back https://twitter.com/onThePaepae/status/1252138537878581248?s=20
I'll add anything interesting to this thread for those that can't currently listen.
For those who can, the link is here - https://www.facebook.com/jacindaardern/videos/1293533470845420/?v=1293533470845420
A: Absolutely. We're actively watching what's going on in other countries, but our 0 tolerance elimination protocol is going to be our big difference.
Discussion of elmination vs supression
Not all schools & providers will be opening right away.
Reiteration of the if you can stay home for work or education, please do so.
Let's finish what we started
I’ve argued about
- Financial stability for our younger members
- WhAt AbOuT tHe BeBes
- Support for EVERYONE
- Yelling into the void (Aka I got told off for swearing)
But I’m so frustrated that I could cry
Or punch the shit out of a punching bag if I had one.
We’ve got Ashley Bloomfield and Chris Hipkins today, so expect a big update on education
5 new cases today.
- Reiteration to stay home if you can.
- Distance learning will be in place for minimum 3 weeks.
- Numbers on distribution of tech to students, impressive numbers there.
- 90,000 hard copy packs for ppl sans internet
And now we open up to question time.
I’ll keep it to new questions, or interesting responses.
Ffs, we’ve answered this, but here we go again.
Bloomfield responds with I’ve been following this up, the DHB CEOs are telling me it’s good
Run down of move to online assessment, being able to do split levels if needed (Ie finishing level 2 in one subject whilst starting level 3 in others if needed). Admission that practical subjects will be difficult.
Hipkins’ response made us crack up, although I’m not sure it’s intentional.
CH: “...People are zooming all over the country”
N: Especially Simon Bridges?!
BRB growing a moustache and buying glasses for +10 Serious Points.
This is alllll a bit on the nose, considering the state of everything huh.
Everything I’m currently working on is about the long term. It’s hard to concentrate on the long term when you don’t even know when your industry will be able to start back up properly. Or if you’ll be there.
Everything is an uphill battle.
The oldies get the credit for my fucking proposals, but they’re not considered until someone older repeats it.
We need to look after youth.
We need to look after people who can’t financially contribute to our organisation currently.
We have to actually represent our industry, not just the oldies and the businesses.
Without them I probably would have thrown in the towel and left the rest of them to it, for my own sanity.
Sorry pocket pals.
I've only skimmed it but it looks pretty alright all 'round https://twitter.com/HealthtekNZ/status/1252317238499012608?s=20
She states that we are a low wage economy.
Small businesses are struggling. Even large ones are.
She's asking about support for those struggling.
That's not the point.
The point is that people are hurting, now, how can they be supported at a governmental level.
& SMEs are a massive part of NZ's economy.
Maybe take snippets like that from super biased sources with a grain of salt and some critical thinking hey
6 new cases, which takes us to 1451 total
1 new death, from the St Margaret's cluster, which takes our total of deaths to 13.
1036 is our recovered number (+30).
Worldwide cases have surpassed 2.5mil.
More detail on the community outreach, and the targeted community testing that's being undertaken.
Reiteration that the emphasis should be on safety in any undertakings, and referenced the guidelines that have been issued.
And now we open up to question time.
Same as yesterday, I'll just write up the new questions and/or especially interesting takes.
A: We centralised and nationalised distribution this year to ensure broad access, with priority given to at risk people. They're there.
A: DHBs are responsible for distribution, the government are actively chasing issues when they're told about them.
Threatening people's employment Is Not Okay
A: Our border is one of our potential weak points, and we need to be aware of that. But we need to balance it with the practicality of airline workers needing to exist.
A: I don't think it's as formal as an inquiry, but we absolutely globally need to look at the causes and the responses in preparation for the next pandemic.
A: Worksafe is actively working to develop guidelines and engage the people that will be working under them. There's accreditation being developed. But it will be a high trust model due to practicality.
A: We're working hard to ensure support for our SMEs as they're the backbone of our economy, listed off what has been done, and alludes to some additional potential upcoming support.
A: 79 people total. Which is 5% hospitalisation rate, and 1% mortality rate.
This is against overseas reported rates of 15% and 5% respectively.
But this research (top of this thread) and associated commentary is https://twitter.com/BexGraham/status/1252780209494876160?s=20