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Kia ora koutou,

I hope that you and your loved ones are safe and well during this difficult and unprecedented time in our lives.
 
The last few weeks and days have been challenging for us all – it truly is a time when, as we always say, it’s going to take a community to care.  The Māia crew are now working from our homes – a new normal we’ve quickly adapted to, as have millions of others around the globe. We truly are all in this together.  Despite the global turmoil, here at Māia we remain 100% committed to our mission – to take our health services from good to great.
 
We know this is a time when our health system is going to need us more than ever.   

The global task to contain COVID-19 is expected to bring significant challenges. We are so grateful for everything that the healthcare workforce in Canterbury is doing, above and beyond the call of duty, to slow the spread - thank you.

We are talking to the Canterbury District Health Board and our other health system partners to get a firm understanding of where the greatest need is in our community.  With that understanding, we will focus our efforts on specific ways we can support our health system and our vulnerable community members through this crisis.  Meanwhile, we are working on a longer-term strategy to ensure that Māia is prepared for the future and in a strong position to help our health system in Canterbury and the wider South Island. 
 
Looking ahead, we know that our much-loved Feast event – usually held in winter - will need to be re-scheduled to later in the year.  But it will be back better than ever so watch this space.
 
For now, please know we’re still here if you wish to chat or if we can be of any assistance.  You can find our team’s individual contact details here or you can reply to this email.  We are also posting regular updates on our Facebook page so please like and follow us at www.facebook.com/maiahealth/.
 
For the latest official information and advice on COVID-19 go to www.covid19.govt.nz.  
 
We will be in touch again soon so you know where Māia’s efforts will be focused for the short-term and how our community can be involved.  Until then, we wish you all the best.  Be brave, be courageous and remember – just because we are physically distant it doesn’t mean we are socially isolated.  Stay connected, look after your family and community and know we will get through this together.

Take care,

 

Michael Flatman
Chief Executive, Maia Health Foundation 

Garth Gallaway
Chair, Māia Health Foundation

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