The single most important thing to us here at MotorSport New Zealand is, and always has been, the health, safety and wellbeing of our competitors, volunteers, suppliers and staff. It’s no secret that safety is at the core of what we do and the COVID-19 global pandemic is no different.
So we’ve pulled together this page for you, summarising all the key information you need to know. Remember if you need to speak with us, you can find a list of key staff contact details here.
We wish you and your loved ones good health at this time and thank you for your assistance in helping us keep everyone safe.
March 27, 2020: MotorSport New Zealand AGM, conference and annual awards postponed
The MotorSport New Zealand Board and Management teams have been monitoring the COVID-19 global pandemic daily, and in line with advice from the New Zealand Government and to protect the health and wellbeing of our people, we have decided to postpone the annual general meeting (AGM), conference and annual awards.
This decision was not made lightly but with these events originally scheduled to take place over Friday 22 and Saturday 23 May 2020 in Wellington, looking after our members health at this uncertain time was, and always will be, the priority. We acknowledge that even though these dates currently fall outside of the New Zealand Government guidelines for when events may be held again, we know that COVID-19 is a rapidly evolving situation and this restriction period may be extended, and ultimately, we want to protect our members.
Holding an AGM within the timeline requirements of our Constitution remains our goal. Alternative methods of facilitating an AGM, including remote video link, electronic voting papers and so on are examples of options under consideration. We will consult with clubs when a viable alternative option for an AGM has been determined.
We will seek to rearrange the date of the annual conference and update you as soon as possible. However, we will only be able to confirm a new date when there is clear and demonstrable evidence of significantly reduced risk, alongside Ministry of Health advice that it is safe to do so.
The annual awards evening is our celebration of achievement and a social gathering loved by many. Everyone at MSNZ is naturally disappointed that the opportunity to acknowledge our people is unable to take place at this time. Our view is that we will strive to hold the event before the end of this calendar year but, as with the annual conference, our guiding principle will be the health and wellbeing of all attendees.
We are all experiencing an array of challenges personally and across our professional and business lives. Everyone at MSNZ asks for your patience, and for your support, as we work through suitable options for all the above gatherings.
We will keep you informed over the coming days and weeks, as we develop and refine strategies to mitigate against the impact COVID-19 is having on our sport and most importantly, our people.
We send our best wishes for good wellbeing to you at this time.
Please remember to check back here for the latest updates regarding COVID-19.
Previous MotorSport New Zealand updates:
- 2 April: Letter from CEO, Simon Baker
- 28 March: Financial Information to help with COVID-19
- 22 March: MotorSport New Zealand office closure
- 19 March: MotorSport New Zealand to suspend all events for two months
- 19 March: Final round of MotorSport New Zealand Championship cancelled
- 17 March: Final round of MotorSport New Zealand Championship postponed
- 17 March: Update: MSNZ Championship event at Hampton Downs, March 27-29
- 16 March: Statement regarding Coronavirus and MotorSport Events in New Zealand
- 13 March: Coronavirus Update
Additional updates from external parties:
- March 20: No NZ F5000 finale this weekend as event organisers call COVID-19 force majeure
- March 19: 2020 Otago Rally will be postponed indefinitely
- March 18: ITM Auckland Super400 postponed
Further Background Information:
We know that we all have a vital role to play in keeping all New Zealanders safe and healthy during this time. It’s important to know that our collective efforts will have an impact on the overall wellbeing of New Zealand.
Every decision we make is informed first and foremost by the safety of our people. With this in mind, we wish to reiterate this important information along with providing you with updates relating to the sport as they become relevant.
However, as this pandemic is a constantly evolving situation and will be for some time, we are continuously monitoring the situation and keeping abreast of the latest updates from the New Zealand Government. Therefore, we strongly recommend regularly checking this page for the latest updates that could affect activities here.
Secondary to protecting the health and wellbeing of our people, is minimising the impact on our sport as much as possible. So we’d like you to be assured that MotorSport New Zealand staff are continuing to work remotely during the lockdown period and will be available to assist you with any queries during standard business hours to help with this.
Please remember that to see the latest official advice or for further information regarding COVID-19, please see the New Zealand Government’s dedicated COVID-19 website here.
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