COVID-19 Updates

Thursday 13 August 2020

Kia ora,
 
We have an update for you about the Otago/Southland (Hip Hop & Aerobics) and Wellington (Aerobics) Events. Thank you for your patience.
Otago/Southland (Hip Hop and Aerobics): The event is going ahead, with some necessary modifications (further detail below).
 
Wellington (Aerobics): We will make a decision if and how this event proceeds on Monday August 17th 2020.
 
We are sure you understand that the safety of our competitors and their families comes first. Accordingly, we are in the process of making changes as to how the Otago/Southland (Hip Hop and Aerobics) event is structured.
Stadium Southland is committed to helping us present a safe, effective, and managed event.
 
Our event team is working through the necessary event modifications. They have been sent out to coaches, schools and TIC’s.
Some of the changes you should expect:
  • We will be following our Alert Level 2 Event Health and Safety Policy http://NZCAF.COM/SafeEvents
  • Compulsory use of contact tracing apps by spectators and competitors
  • Timetable reordering to allow managed bubbles and sessions
  • There will be limited audience numbers allowed to meet Alert Level 2 requirements
  • Small categories (with 5 competitors or less) will only perform one round (straight finals)
  • Options for those competitors no longer able to, or willing to, attend.
 
We ask for your continued patience and kindness as our team scramble to work through the logistics. Our event team are made up of volunteers, who have day jobs and family commitments to work around. We will provide information to you, as soon as it’s available.
 
Nga mihi
Sean Cresswell
NZCAF President

Wednesday 12 August 2020

Kia ora,

We have an update for you about the Otago/Southland (Hip Hop & Aerobics) and Wellington (Aerobics) Events.  Thank you for your patience. 

Otago/Southland (Hip Hop and Aerobics):  The event is going ahead, with some necessary modifications (further detail below).

Wellington (Aerobics): We will make a decision if and how this event proceeds on Monday August 17th 2020

We are sure you understand that the safety of our competitors and their families comes first. Accordingly, we are in the process of making changes as to how the Otago/Southland (Hip Hop and Aerobics) event is structured.

Stadium Southland is committed to helping us present a safe, effective, and managed event.

Our event team is working through the necessary event modifications. They will be sending out updates to coaches, schools and TIC’s over the next 12 hours. 

Some of the changes you should expect:

  • We will be following our Alert Level 2 Event Health and Safety Policy
  • There will be compulsory use of contact tracing apps by spectators and competitors
  • We will be doing some timetable reordering to allow managed bubbles and sessions
  • There will be limited audience numbers allowed to meet Alert Level 2 requirements
  • Small categories (with 5 competitors or less) will only perform one round (straight finals)
  • Options for those competitors no longer able to, or willing to, attend.

We ask for your continued patience and kindness as our team scramble to work through the logistics. Our event team are made up of volunteers, who have day jobs and family commitments to work around. We will provide information to you, as soon as it’s available.

Nga mihi 

Sean Cresswell

NZCAF President

Tuesday 11 August 2020

Kia ora everyone,

Tonight’s announcements regarding New Zealand’s covid alert level brings some big challenges and unknowns for our upcoming Otago and Wellington events. 

The NZCAF executive committee and our event organisers are working hard to determine the safest and best way to proceed and we will have a further update about these events by 8pm tomorrow evening.

All updates will be posted to both our facebook page (http://facebook.com/nzcaf) and our COVID updates webpage (http://nzcaf.org.nz/covid-19-updates/).

We know there will be concerns and questions on your mind, and we will do our best to keep you informed. While we work through the details in the next 24 hours, please hold off contacting our event teams directly so that they have space to work out the best options.

Nga mihi 

Sean Cresswell

NZCAF President

Wednesday 24 June 2020

 Good evening,

We’re sorry to announce that we have had to change the location of the 2020 NZCAF Aerobics Nationals.
The event will now take place at Kings High School in Dunedin.
The date (19 & 20 September) remains unchanged.

The change is regrettable and we know that this will inconvenience some athletes during an already turbulent year.
Unfortunately our booking at Cashmere High School has had to be cancelled by the school due to their delayed school production needing the theatre throughout term 3.
Our team has spent many hours working with multiple other venues in Christchurch, exploring all options to keep the event in Christchurch. Unfortunately we’ve been unable to secure a suitable venue with availability at a manageable cost.

More information about the National Championships event in Dunedin will be available once our regional entries close on July 6. If you have any questions in the mean time please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate what has been an extraordinary and difficult year for events and venues.

Regards,
The NZCAF Executive Committee

Please note: The 2020 NZCAF Hip Hop Nationals remains in Lower Hutt on the 18th of September. If any athletes are wishing to compete in both the Aerobics and Hip Hop Nationals we will make every effort to accomodate them and any flight timings.

Wednesday 27 May 2020

At this stage our NZCAF Regional and National events will be going ahead as physical events.
This week the government announced that the gathering restrictions under Alert Level 2 are being eased from 10 to 100 persons. While being under an alert level makes it tricky to present an event, the news of the new 100 person limit does make things easier.
 
Keeping you safe
We have prepared an Event Health and Safety Policy which will help our event organisers to keep within Ministry of Health guidelines, and keep event attendees safe.
 
It still seems likely that the limits on sporting events and gatherings will be reviewed between now and the first regional event in Southland at the end of July. We will be watching closely, and updating the Event Health and Safety Policy if we need to. The guidance for event attendees is attached to this post. If you have any questions, please message us on Facebook or email president@nzcaf.com.
 
It’s fair to say that while things are going well, we are not out of the woods yet with the COVID-19 pandemic. In the event that the alert level goes back up, or the gathering limit is decreased, any remaining regional events will become online events.
 
Please be aware, this decision could happen at any time between now and the event’s scheduled date. We will post an update as soon as any decisions are made.
 
Changes to venues and dates
Unfortunately some of our events venues have become unavailable as they themselves are dealing with the impact of COVID-19.
Our group of volunteers are working hard to sort this out asap, and minimise the impact it has on competitors. We will update you as soon as possible if any venues or dates change.
You will have seen the announcement that the NZ Schools Hip Hop Nationals has been moved from Christchurch to Lower Hutt. This is to avoid clashing with the rescheduled Hip Hop Unite Championships.
This decision wasn’t an easy one to make, and we appreciate that it will negatively impact some crews. We felt the overlap with Hip Hop Unite would have disadvantaged a huge number of dancers, and moving the event to be alongside Hip Hop Unite had the larger benefit to our members.
 
We will continue to keep you updated, so keep an eye on our Facebook page for the latest news.
If we can be any help at all, please send us a message on Facebook or send an email to president@nzcaf.com
 

Wednesday 13 May 2020

We’re sure you’re all across the recent announcement that New Zealand is moving to Level 2.
At the stage our NZCAF Regional and National events will be going ahead.
 
In partnership with our event organisers, we are preparing an Alert Level 2 Event Health and Safety Policy which accounts for any restrictions which may be in force when our events take place.
It seems very likely that the limits on sporting events and gatherings will be adjusted over the coming weeks. We will be continuing to keep a close eye on how these impact our events, and making sure our event policies are kept up to date.
 
With the current Alert Level 2 guidance, training may be able to resume in some form. Please make sure that you follow the guidance of your teachers and coaches, and follow the Ministry of Health guidelines at all times.
If you have any questions at all, please message us on Facebook or email president@nzcaf.com.
 
Our next update will be Wednesday 27th May.

Thursday 30 April 2020

At the stage our NZCAF events for 2020 remain unchanged.
Based on the information currently available, we are confident we can present our regional and national NZCAF events if the country was at either alert level 2 or 1.
We will continue to monitor alert levels and will keep you updated.
Our next update will be Wednesday 13th May.

Friday 24 April 2020

We are sad to announce that we are cancelling the NZ Open scheduled to take place in Dunedin on June 13th.
We understand that some of our athletes have been training and preparing as much as possible while under lock down, but we feel that the date of our event and the predicted timelines around NZ Alert Levels prevents the event being viable.
We are investigating what other options can be offered in its place, and will have more information available asap.
 
At this stage, the NZCAF regional competitions, and National Championships remain unchanged. We will continue to monitor the advice from the ministry of health, and will keep you updated if anything changes.
 

Wednesday 15 April 2020

At this stage, our events for 2020 remain unchanged.
We know how much time and effort you all put into your routines. Because of this, NZCAF is committed to bringing you an event series in 2020. Please be assured that competitions, in some form, will happen.
Our next update will be Wednesday 29th April.
We hope you and your whanau are safe and well during the lockdown.

Wednesday 1 April 2020

Our executive committee is closely monitoring the current COVID-19 situation in New Zealand. In particular we are monitoring how and if it will affect the 2020 competition season.
At the stage there is no change to our events, but we will be reassessing each fortnight.
Please be assured that the safety and health of our competitors and their supporters is our priority above all else. We will always follow the guidelines and recommendations provided by the New Zealand Ministry of Health.
We will post updates on our Facebook page and our website should the situation change.
Our next update will be Wednesday 15 April.