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Kia ora koutou,

Some things change, but many have remained as they were before and your resilience, tenacity and community spirit drove us through these national circumstances before and will continue to do so now. I wish you and your loved ones’ safe passage through this difficult period. Kia atawhai, me toro ki ētahi atu, Āwhinatia ētahi atu- Be Kind, check-in on others, help others.

We have reinstated some of the COVID-19 adaptations until December 2021, details are below.

The Award team are now all back in the office. If you have specific questions, please don't hesitate to contact us - we're here to help. You can either email us on or phone me directly on 027 645 6696. 

He iti hau mairangi e tū te pāhokahoka

After the storm, the rainbow appears

Kia kaha, kia toa, kia manawanui  

Karen Ross, National Director 

COVID 19 Award Adaptions:
Please note:  The COVID alert level in your area and what is allowed should always be your first consideration when planning any Award activity.

Physical recreation, skills and service sections:

  • You can select a Whānau member to be your assessor

Adventurous Journey:

  • Award Leaders can waive the requirement for a Practice Journey. If a Practice has been completed, it can be changed to your Qualifying Journey (provided you are not a direct entrant)
  • You can select a Whānau member to be your assessor (at alert level 3 or 4)
  • The Journey must still be approved by your Award Leader to ensure it meets safety requirements

Adventurous Journey Example:

  1. Form a group of 4 – 7 people between the ages of 14 – 25 (they do NOT need to be doing the Award) and plan your journey via Zoom, phonecall or email
  2. Setup the Journey on the ORB and get approval from you Award Leader
  3. Select your assessor (can be a Whanau member)
  4. You might plan a socially distanced overnight tramp or day walks with your group. If you are in Level 3 or 4, you might plan day walks with your family, track your distance on a fitness app, and meet with your group each night via Zoom to discuss the experience. You could camp at home, in your school hall or on school grounds and prepare your own meals.

Don’t forget: If you choose an exploration, a third of your daily activity has to be journeying Eg: a physical activity such as walking

Gold Residential Project:

  • Residential Projects can take place over two weekends, when a similar activity is undertaken. Please note, both weekends must occur within a year of each other. Further adaption: We will allow different activities if finding a similar one is a barrier to you completing your Residential Project. For example, one weekend helping at a holiday camp and one weekend volunteering at an organic farm (WWOOFing).
  • You can volunteer with an organisation for 5 days but go home each night, as long as it’s not an organisation you haven’t already been volunteering for.
  • Until we return to alert level 1, online workshops/conferences that require group participation can also be used, so long as it meets the requirements of being over 5 days.

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