Kia tau te rangimarie i runga i a koutou me o koutou whānau i te taumahatanga o te ao hurihuri nei.
Aotearoa is now observing a nation-wide rāhui – we are in Taumata 4 – Whakakore – with all but essential workers in lockdown. As we get used to our new normal, here are a few tips to help you, your business and your kaimahi during this time.
This is not an exhaustive list but we hope it is useful.
Me karakia tahi tātou:
At this time karakia is important. Karakia gives us strength, guidance and solace as it has for our tipuna since the beginning of time. Although we are all in our bubbles, you can still prioritise karakia in your whare and send out karakia to your team by email or social media.
- Look after yourself and your whānau – your own whānau, whānau whānui and your whānau mahi.
- Encourage and assist where you can.
- Check in on your contractors and staff (virtually).
- Ensure those that are essential come into work safely.
Whāia te matauranga:
- Keep up to date with what is happening and be guided by best practice.
- Continue to take care of business.
- Keep your contractors up to date with developments even if it is bad news and you have to stand them down. See if you can get support to keep them on (see the business continuity package). Be open. Be honest.
- Keep in touch with those you have contracts with such as broadcasters or funders.
- Speak to your accountant, your bank and lawyer – now.
- Seek a holiday break for mortgage payments or other debts.
- Ngā Aho Whakaari will be continually updating our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/MaoriOnScreen and this website.
- Encourage your kaimahi to apply for the wage subsidy https://www.screenindustrynz.co.nz/wage-subsidy
- As a business check out what support you are eligible for https://www.ird.govt.nz/Updates/News-Folder/covid-19-business-continuity-package
- Ngā Aho Whakaari may be able to help with references or letters of support if required but your broadcaster or funding body or the company you were contracted to will definitely be able to assist.
Me noho haumaru me noho ora:
- Keep fit and well.
- If you need assistance ask whānau and friends.
- Stay positive – there will be an end.
- Plan for the huge demand for content at the end of this.
- Work on your business
- Work on your creative pursuits – write your feature film, drama series or short film.
Mā te atua e manaaki e tiaki tātou katoa.