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The Methodist Connexional Office is located at:

Weteriana House
50 Langdons Road
Papanui
Christchurch 8053

Postal address
:

PO Box 931, Christchurch 8140

T. (03) 366 6049   I. 0800 266 639

Please phone our main line (as above) and at the prompt either dial '0' to speak to Reception or enter an extension number. FOR A LIST OF EXTENSIONS CLICK HERE

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CURRENT SITUATION UPDATES
            Updated: Wednesday 14 April  2021 

Current Alert Levels Vaccines
25 Mar 2021
 Do workers have
to get vaccinated?

14 Apr 2021
Quarantine-free
Overseas Travel

07 April 2021
Review  time

Current Alert Levels as at Friday 19 March 2021


Auckland, Wellsford to Pukekohe – Alert Level 1.

The remainder of New Zealand – Alert Level 1.

Stay home if you're sick
Practise good hygiene
Keep scanning those QR codes
Be kind
We got this!     

A pre-service power point has been created to help inform people why contact tracing is important. Click Here.

Weekly video updates from the Connexional Office are available CLICK HERE



Vaccines 
25 Mar 2021

The Government has guaranteed that everyone in New Zealand will have access to the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. It has secured an additional 8.5 million doses, enough to vaccinate 4.25 million people.

More information is available from https://covid19.govt.nz/ 
CLICK HERE

See the summary of the vaccine rollout CLICK HERE
Find out when you can get a vaccine CLICK HERE

How the Pfizer vaccine for Covid-19 works
   


We encourage only reading and considering information from reputable sources such as the ones below. Please contact trudyd@methodist.org.nz if you have any queries about the Covid-19 vaccinations.

Ministry of Health

The Ministry of Health leads New Zealand's health and disability system, and has overall responsibility for the management and development of that system.

COVID-19 vaccine information from the Ministry of Health

Immunisation information from the Ministry of Health

The Immunisation Advisory Centre (IMAC)

IMAC is a nationwide organisation based at the School of Population Health at The University of Auckland. It provides independent, factual information based on international and New Zealand scientific research about vaccine-preventable diseases the benefits and risks of immunisation.

The Immunisation Advisory Centre

World Health Organization (WHO)

WHO is an agency of the United Nations, and is responsible for international public health.

Vaccine information from WHO

                      

  


Do workers have to get vaccinated? 14 April 2021


The COVID-19 vaccination is free, available to all New Zealanders and it is not mandatory. You can't force someone to get vaccinated. However you can make it as easy as possible for them to get vaccinated eg by facilitating on-site vaccinations, or providing paid time off to get vaccinated.

However, it can be a requirement that a specific role be performed by a vaccinated person - if there is a health and safety risk assessment to support this.

An assessment needs to consider:  the likelihood of being exposed to a risk while performing a role, and the potential consequences of that risk.

This means considering:
  • the likelihood of a workers being exposed to COVID-19 while performing the role, and
  • the potential consequences of that exposure on others (e.g. community spread).
Any such assessments need to be consistent across the breadth of the business or entity. If you have two roles which are essentially the same, then the risk assessment and any subsequent requirements must be the same. The assessment must be carried out on the roles, and not the people carrying out the role.

The Government has taken the first step in leading the way with assessments by prioritising different workers and people with their vaccination roll out plan.

If your risk assessment indicates the role needs to be performed by a vaccinated person you'll need to work through the employment implications of that decision. Employment New Zealand has guidance on this.

Altering employment conditions can be a tricky business, keep in mind...
  • Presbyters are not employees, and while we encourage them to be vaccinated, vaccination will only ever be optional
  • Contact the Connexional Office if you are in doubt regarding employment and vaccination. Vaccinations in the workplace are an employment issue. Decisions and dialogue must be done in good faith between employers and employees.

Further information is available from:

Government website business.govt.nz CLICK HERE
See what you can and can't do when it comes to COVID-19 vaccinations and your workers.

WorkSafe CLICK HERE
Assessing whether a specific role needs to be performed by a vaccinated worker.

Employment New Zealand CLICK HERE
Information about COVID-19 vaccination and employment





Quarantine-free Overseas Travel 07 Apr 2021

Quarantine-free travel bubbles are currently open with the Cook Islands and Niue, and from 19 April 2021 Australia will be included.

For the foreseeable future, the Methodist Church has no expectation of any overseas travel for Church business.

If you are travelling overseas for personal reasons please follow all the COVID-19 guidelines in New Zealand and in the country you are visiting.

Register your details with SafeTravel.
Contact trace like lives depend on it!
Check your travel insurance and ticket conditions.
Know what to do, who to contact if Quarantine-free travel is paused, or suspended.



Click here for information on Quarantine-free travel.
Click here for advice for New Zealanders overseas. 

   


Review Time


It is time to reflect on previous lockdowns to concentrate on what kept us well and healthy, what kept our Connexion functioning, and to review what we would improve if another lockdown is called by Government.    

What can be done better, what can be done easier? Here are some suggestions... have the conversation with people around you!


Home
    - Need additional supplies? No need to strip the shelves! Maybe buy an extra item instead of just 1.
    - Any maintenance work need doing now by people outside of your bubble?
    - Check the condition of your walking shoes!
    - Do you have enough medicines for a lockdown?
    - Stock up on hobbies to keep yourself occupied (wool, books, timber etc)
    - Ensure you can structure your days if you need to

Neighbours, Family and Friends
    - Who should be in your household bubble?
    - What happened last time, what do we prepare for now?
    - Technology can be complicated. Ensure the technology helper has a photograph of the 
       tricky items (remote controls, radios, TVs) for those telephone calls
    - Who might need a bit more attention?
    - Are all your contact details current?

QR Codes
    - Are they still in place?
    - Are they easy to see?
Did you know the QR codes can be little and they still work!

The Connexional Office have small QR codes at every desk to help remind people to scan.
    - 20 small QR codes will fit on one A4 sheet, a code could be placed on the back of every seat in your worship room!
 
Working from home
    - Is your workstation still comfortable? Chair, desk, heights, foot/back supports...
    - Do you still have access to the information you need?                     
    - What needs improvement from last time?
    - Is your contact list up to date?
    - Ensure you can structure your work around home life!

Hand wash vs Hand Soap
    - Liquid soap and liquid hand wash are not the same thing
    - Soap is better than hand wash
    - Read labels to check what you are buying

Know your triggers
    - Lockdown can be socially isolating. Consider what you need to help keep yourself emotionally balanced.
    - Share the load! Set up your connections, you are not alone.
    - Make a telephone tree, create a phone call schedule.

Do you have suggestions of things to review? Contact Trudyd@methodist.org.nz