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We are working as a team alongside Auckland Live to coordinate the resources and advice below, updated regularly.
A group has been set up on Facebook to share information, thoughts and resources during this time. Please visit Aotearoa Arts and Events during the Covid 19 Crisis
Monthly online hui
PANNZ, in partnership with Auckland Live, has invited the creative sector from across Aotearoa to come together in response to the COVID-19 crisis.
A national arts and cultural events response network has convened a series of weekly online hui for the arts and cultural events community which will be held at the same time, every Monday, over the next month. The regular hui offer chances for us to gather remotely, connect, and get up to date as a community. Each hui will be facilitated by Jo Randerson, Artistic Director of Barbarian Productions.
The first, held on Monday 30 March at 11am focused on the Creative New Zealand emergency response funding announced earlier this week, and its effect on arts workers. Alongside Jo was Cath Cardiff, Senior Manager Arts Development Services at Creative New Zealand, Megan Peacock-Coyle, PANNZ Chair and Manager of Toitoi – Hawkes Bay Arts and Events Centre, and Cat Ruka (Ngāpuhi, Waitaha), Artistic Director of Tempo Dance Festival.
Please note: The information in this hui is correct as of the date of broadcast.
Keep Up to Date with Creative New Zealand
COVID-19 – What can you do?
Health and Wellbeing
First off, please look after yourself and your wellbeing. If you need help, please reach out.
Healthline NZ – 0800 358 5453
Music Helps Wellbeing Service – 0508 MUSICHELP (0508 687 424357) – This service has been extended to the wider performing arts industry, in response to industry-wide need for support due to the unprecedented impact that COVID-19 has had on the performing arts.FREE and available 24/7 online and via phone, this counselling service is active immediately for those in need.
Te Ora Auaha – a national network and resource for anyone interested in the contribution of the arts to health and wellbeing.
1737 is a nationwide mental health & addictions helpline number providing immediate access to trained counsellors. Anyone feeling stressed, anxious, worried, depressed, needing advice on mental health or addictions issues can call or text.
Webinar from New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing with Dr Denise Quinlan and Dr Lucy Hone
The following links can help you get prepared to prepare for the financial impact.
We recommend if you have been funded by an organisation to undertake an activity affected by the COVID-19 virus you get in contact with the funding agency to discuss options.
Get the best news and information
There is a lot of bad information related to COVID-19 available, be careful what you take on and share. The New Zealand Government will be keeping vetted and rigorous information available. If in doubt check there.
New Zealand Government: COVID-19
Take the Surveys
There are four important surveys underway which will measure the costs and impact of the COVID-19 virus on our industry. Please take the time to participate in these. Sharing and voicing your experiences helps.
Sign up to the PANNZ Newsletter
PANNZ has taken on a national organising role and will send updates and useful information as often as possible.
Share Your Story
The AA(e)-C(19)C – Aotearoa Arts and Events during the COVID-19 Crisis have added a “share your story” form to their website. The surveys will give us excellent data, but we think sharing the human experiences, both good and bad, is a useful tool to help us through this difficult period.
Stories will be published on both the PANNZ and the AA(e)-C(19)C websites as often as possible.
● Make Plans for Moving Online: Being closed doesn’t mean all things must come to an end. Consider switching your classes, rehearsals, collaborations and even events into online formats. There are some good tips here
● Participate in Aotearoa Arts Broadcasts via radio, Television and digtal formats
● Build Community: Reach out to friends, colleagues and loved ones in your area. Make sure people can get in touch, share resources and be there for one another. (Maintain distance and other precautions.)
● Host a Watch Party: Book at time with friends and loved ones to watch something online together – but remotely. Start a group chat so you can talk about the evening.
● Use this Time: There is often a nagging to do list. Updating constitutions and strategic plans. Getting marketing and presenter kits in order. Updating websites, email lists and social media pages. Undertaking research or beginning to collaborate on new works at a distance.
A messaging app for the whole team
The messaging app Slack has become so ubiquitous, it’s almost unimaginable to work without it—whether it’s in the office or remote. Slack’s instant messaging feature keeps everyone on the same page and has effectively slayed the email, the sending of which can waste close to five hours in a given work day. But even more than that, it can be an important space for collaboration between team members at a distance. Here are some tricks to customizing your Slack experience.
But just because Slack has dominated the workplace doesn’t mean it’s the only team chat app. For those of you looking for an alternative, here are a few options:
Twist: Much like Slack, it’s a communication app which separates channels into searchable conversational threads. It claims it solves the stressful nature of Slack communication by prioritizing clarity.
Microsoft Teams: A messaging platform that’s particularly good at supporting the kind of collaborative work done in documents or meetings.
Discord: A voice app, for those of us who need to be able to speak to our coworkers (or our fellow gamers) at the touch of a button.
Google Chats Hangout: Google’s team messaging app basically has all the same features as Slack. It might be the right fit for a team that spends a lot of time collaborating on G Suite documents and presentations on the same platform.
Video conferencing tool for the remote team
You might think that remote workers don’t have to attend as many meetings as their in-office counterparts, but this is not the case. Remote workers go to a ton of meetings—that’s why getting everyone on the same reliable, easy-to-use video conferencing app is so important. Here are a few options.
Google Hangouts: The most convenient thing about Google’s video call tool is that it’s integrated with your Google calendar—if you have a business account, a video call appears every time you add a new event.
Zoom: Yes, the audio and video quality are great, but that’s not the only reason people think this tool is the best. Zoom can scale with your team. If you’re trying to organize a webinar with 100 active participants and tens of thousands of viewers (and record them to watch later), Zoom is for you.
Screenflow: If you want to record your meetings, but don’t want to pay for Zoom.
Timezone.io: For a team made up of digital nomads, it can be difficult to keep your time differences straight. Timezone.io keeps track of everyone’s remote schedules, and makes planning those long-distance video conferences easier for everybody.
“Engage with the possibility that you might need to work from home now, rather than on day one of having to do it,” suggests Matthew Knight of Leapers, a community that supports the mental health of freelancers and the self-employed. “Make sure you have all the technology you’ll need set up already, so you’re set to go from day one.”
Don’t neglect your wellbeing
If you aren’t in quarantine, try not to spend all day cooped up indoors. “Get out of the house at least once a day,” advises Anna Codrea-Rado, the founder of the Professional Freelancer, a newsletter and community for self-employed workers, and co-host of the Is This Working? podcast. “Even if it’s just going to the shops. You’ll get cabin fever otherwise.”
Make sure you are taking proper breaks. “One of the joys of working from home is that you can cook a proper meal,” says Codrea-Rado. If you’re worried that people will think you’re slacking, tell your co-workers that you’re logging off for lunch, to avoid being disturbed.
Set boundaries between work and home life
Codrea-Rado encourages you to not work from your sofa, or worse still, your bed. “Have a dedicated place to work, even if it’s just the end of your kitchen table,” she says. “It helps you get in the mind frame of work. If you don’t, it muddies the boundaries between home life and work life – working from your sofa all day and then sitting there watching TV doesn’t feel as relaxing.”
But don’t feel you need to put on a suit. “People say don’t work in your pyjamas,” she adds. “But I really disagree with that. The beauty of working from home is that you don’t have to think about the optics of how you’re working, you just have to focus on getting your work done.”
Establish ground rules
Many of the people working from home due to coronavirus will usually work from offices. To make the transition as smooth as possible, Corea-Rado advises managers to establish ground rules. “Set the tone for how the team is going to work from home,” she says. “Schedule regular one-to-one check-ins and explain how and when you’d like people to report back to you.”
If you feel lonely, reach out to people
Although it is tempting to just send an email, Knight advises making the effort to call co-workers or employees whenever you can, particularly if you are a manager, to check in on their mental wellbeing. “Ask them how they are doing and really listen to the answer,” he says.
If you’re feeling low, let people know. “Don’t just suffer in silence,” he says. “Let your manager or co-workers know how you’re feeling. Nine times out of 10, sharing how you’re feeling with people really helps.”