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NZNA General Update 19/05/2020

We hope that everyone is well and enjoying the first few days of the greaters liberties of Level 2. This email is to keep our members up to date on what’s going on our community and what NZNA has been up to.


As you are all well aware, the country has moved into COVID-19 Alert Level 2. This is a huge moment of success, as it means that we as a team of 5 million have successfully contained the virus, and we can slowly begin to get on with our lives and restart the economy. This doesn’t mean we are in the clear yet though, and we should not get complacent as the worst thing that can happen is for us to climb back up the alert levels. Practicing good hygiene, avoiding large crowds and unnecessary travel if possible, and following the governments guidelines on gatherings are key to making sure the virus doesn’t come back.

We would also like to take this opportunity to send a HUGE Thank You to all the essential workers in our community, who have worked tirelessly throughout Level’s 3 & 4 to keep our country running.

For more info, see the link below

2. Food Voucher delivery

NZNA had recieved funding to distribute food grocery vouchers to those members of our community that had been hit hard financially during the COVID-19 Crisis. During this period we have had 17 requests from around the country, and we will be delivering the food vouchers to these people in the coming days.

3. From Crisis to Opportunity – Rebuilding West Auckland with Waitakere Indian Association

This coming Tuesday evening at 8pm, Waitakere Indian Association and NZNA will be co-hosting a Facebook Live Q&A session with Minister Phil Twyford, Minister Carmel Sepuloni and MP Deborah Russel discussing how we can rebuild West Auckland socially and economically. Find the link to the Facebook event below. We hope to see you all there watching!

4. COVID-19 survey from Bangladesh New Zealand Friendship Society.

NZNA has recieved a request from the Bangladesh New Zealand Friendship Society to share this with our members. We think that it’s a fantastic idea and we ask that everybody take a few minutes to fill out their survey.

How do you deal with COVID-19 restrictions? A short survey to better understand our community’s needs.

Are you a New Zealand based South Asian affected by COVID-19 restrictions?
Help us to understand how our communities cope with COVID-19 restrictions by taking part in our online survey. The survey is looking in three major clusters – financial, physical and social. Participating is possible until 30 May 2020.

Join the survey in this link
Write us an e-mail:

CMRD (Centre of Migrant Research and Development) of Bangladesh New Zealand Friendship Society Inc. (BNZFS)

5. e-Yoga with NZNA

We are currently continuing our online Yoga sessions with our fantastic instructor Rina. These sessions happen at 9:30am every Saturday morning via Zoom. All ages and fitness levels are welcome as long as you have a keen attitude and are willing to give it a go.

6. Ex-Presidents as Official Advisors

NZNA have asked all of our ex-Presidents (Shreedhar Basnyat, Raj Maharjan, Bhola Shrestha, Bedendra Adhikari and Bijay Regmi) to become Official Advisors to the organisation. Although we have always worked closely with our past presidents and have treasured their wealth of experience and connections, we wanted to formally recognize their continued contribution to the organisation by offering them this position. All of our ex-presidents have accepted the role.

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