Latest Update from the Trust
25 March 2020
We wanted to keep you updated on where things are for the Trust. We made the tough decision to bring the Ship home early from her last voyage. By doing this, we were able to get our trainees back to their families, and do the same for our crew.Everyone that was affected by that decision were fantastic and we thank them for their understanding and support, especially the trainees.
Following this, and the subsequent Government announcement for New Zealand moving to a Level 3 and then to Level 4, we have now closed the office for as long as is required. We have been planning for this office closure over the last little while and the shore team is all set up to work from home. Calls are diverted to them, and they are able to access everything the need to support you, and each other.
As announced last week, we have updated our sailing schedule for the remainder of the year and this is now published on the website. We do remain flexible as to when things start up again, which will be dictated by Government directives and our annual refit (maintenance) timings.
The team is working through everyone that has been affected by the current situation and will be in contact. We do thank you for your patience during this time and please rest assured that we are doing all we can to minimise the impact on everyone.
As for Spirit of New Zealand, she is tucked up in Auckland and is being taken care of by a member of our crew. Our sea crew is back with their families and we are grateful for their patience and understanding too; these are challenging times for everyone.
We believe that if we all play our part in stopping COVID-19, the sooner we can get back to normality, likely a new and slightly different normality.
We thank you for your support, your patience and for the part you also play.
If you have any questions at all, we are here to help.