18th March 2020

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the rapidly changing situation, People First New Zealand will undertake the following changes:

  • No local or regional People First meetings.
  • No National Committee meetings.
  • No Learn With Us courses – including courses currently underway or about to start.
  • All People First New Zealand staff will work from home. Staff will do their best to maintain contact with Members. Wherever possible, staff (including volunteers) will be communicating via email, video messaging or phone.
  • No Members or staff (including volunteers) are to travel or attend functions in person as representatives of People First NZ – including:
    • EXPOs
    • Conferences
    • Advisory group meetings
    • Meetings in person
    • Large gatherings, such as awards ceremonies.

These changes will be in place from 17th March 2020 until 30th April 2020, and will be reviewed on Friday 24th April 2020.

What are we asking of you?

If you know someone who is a People First Member, please:

  • Assist us to get the attached Easy Read message to them about the temporary changes we are making
  • Assist them to understand why this decision has been made. It may be upsetting as People First meetings are often a big part of peoples’ lives and a way for them to stay in contact with friends.
  • Make sure they are not dropped off to any People First events that were scheduled to take place during this time.
  • Share with them any Easy Read information about COVID-19 available on the Ministry of Health website:


We will keep you updated as things change for us as an organisation.

Thank you in advance for your support and assistance during these uncertain times.

You can continue to contact us on:

  • Phone           0800 20 60 70
  • Email            ask@peoplefirst.org.nz

Additionally, please note that our Easy Read translation service remains active and available for translations. You can contact them on makeiteasy@peoplefirst.org.nz

Cindy Johns

National Manager

People First New Zealand Ngā Tāngata Tuatahi