Kia ora koutou katoa,
It has been a difficult and concerning time for us all while we deal with the implications of the COVID-19 virus on our work, homes, and families.
We know that you are all swamped with information from various sources at this time.
From BCT's perspective, we want to check in briefly about what it means for our volunteer groups who have planned trips to look after our huts and tracks.
Each situation will be different, and groups will need to make their own informed decisions based on their particular circumstances and risk profile.
Health and safety is everyone's responsibility, and we recommend that you follow the latest official advice in relation to travel, large gatherings and hygiene. Be aware that the Dept of Conservation, like all government agencies, is facing disruption to its normal processes and timeframes.
From a BCT perspective, we will of course be flexible and understanding around changing plans and timeframes for planned jobs. You may need to be flexible and understanding with us around hearing about your latest funding application. We continue to welcome enquiries and applications.
Our Trust Manager Rob Brown is the best first point of contact for any queries.
We know that community is so important in times like this, and even though physical distancing may be required, our social links are vital. Our Facebook page has many thousands of members and we hope sharing of photos and updates can continue as normal.
Lastly, the hills and the outdoors are still in operation and it makes physical distancing easy. Keep getting out there for your well-being.
Best wishes from the BCT Board and staff
Craig, Geoff, Guy, Nessa, Dave, Peter, Jodi & Rob.