UniServices open for business
30 March 2020

Kia ora, We are embarking on an unprecedented journey over the coming weeks in our duty to keep New Zealand safe. Our priority is the health and welfare of everyone, and that has been our immediate focus as events have unfolded rapidly.

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Kia ora,

We are embarking on an unprecedented journey over the coming weeks in our duty to keep New Zealand safe. Our priority is the health and welfare of everyone, and that has been our immediate focus as events have unfolded rapidly.  

At this juncture, I am pleased to confirm that UniServices is in the fortunate position of being able to say ‘we are open for business’ as we are equipped to work remotely. Despite the challenge, we are quickly adapting in our approach to working from home for the foreseeable future. We stand ready and willing to help in the response to this unprecedented global challenge in any way possible, big or small.

The University and UniServices’ response to COVID-19

The University completed a full campus closure on 26 March 2020. As I’m sure you can imagine, putting plans in place to continue operating has been an enormous challenge. The disruption to research and services activities at the University of Auckland is significant, and we are working closely to establish a research continuity plan and understand the impact of COVID-19. Our colleagues across the University and UniServices have been doing astonishing work to make this a reality. It’s been a terrific effort.

You will find the latest, detailed information on the University's position regarding COVID-19 on the dedicated webpage regarding how we are adapting our operations to ensure the health and safety of our staff.

Working through this together

I understand that many of you will be sharing similar pain points, and to say that COVID-19 is having a significant impact across all business and industries may be an understatement. We are committed to working collaboratively and to finding ways to continue important and potentially transformative research. This is a challenging time, requiring a collective and sustained effort promoting safety and wellbeing. Our focus is on looking after people and UniServices is committed to working with you in partnership.

Ngā mihi nui,
 
Andy Shenk
UniServices, Chief Executive Officer